James Dondero passionate about investing and philanthropy

James Dondero is one of Texas’ top philanthropists. James Dondero is the CEO and founder of investment management company Highland Capital Management L.P. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in equity and credit markets. Highland Capital was launched in 1993 and been a leader in the Collateralized Loan Obligation market and has created credit geared solutions for retail investors around the globe.


James Dondero began his career at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. He later a corporate bond analyst at American Express between 1985 and 1989. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Commerce with degrees in accounting and finance. James Dondero is a certified Management Accountant.


James Dondero is the acting chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank. He is also a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote. While not working in the investment world, he is helping Dallas philanthropically. James Dondero and Highland Capital Management have donated millions to local non-profits and charities in the Dallas area. Dondero is driven to improve educational opportunities for the less fortunate.


James Dondero and Highland Capital Management donated $2 million to Southern Methodist University, allowing them to offer more study-abroad opportunities and exposure to public policymaking, along with access to key world leaders and senior year internships. Dondero has also given to an organization called Education is Freedom. This organization with James Dondero’s support provides financial assistance for at-risk youth who are working to get a college degree. Dondero has also funded exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute as well as the Perot Museum of Natural Science.


Dondero is very passionate about education and has supported Uplift Education with creates public schools of excellence that get students to reach their fullest potential in college and the global workforce. Uplift Education provides free college prep education. HCM and Dondero gave $1 million donation to the Dallas Zoo to build a 5,000 square foot center that is used for private functions and special exhibits.

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