James Dondero, the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, is considered to be one of the best investment managers who drives result-oriented investment strategy. James has more than 30-years experience in alternative investment management industry and is known for deeper industrial expertise and foresightedness to achieve against the tides. He takes care of the operations and investment strategies of both institutional and retail products at Highland Capital. James helped the firm to diversify the services offered and focused on expanding its reach to more people by a rigorous growth and expansion plan.
It was in 1993, James along with his co-investor Mark Okada founded Highland Capital to provide investments based on hedge funds, distressed investment, and structured investment funds. With regards to the latest market data, the firm handles funds and assets worth $20 billion. The firm is founded in Dallas, and it grew in the coming years under the expansion plan of James and opened offices in New York, Singapore, and London. Also, the funds managed by James have won many awards with the quality and return on the investments. The Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund received Morningstar’s No. 1 rank, his Floating Rate Opportunities got Lipper Award, and his global allocation recognized by Morningstar with a 5-star designation in 2014.
Prior to Highland, Dondero worked with Protective Life’s GIC as the Chief Investment Officer. His active investment strategies helped the startup firm to notch up the business to $2 billion within a span of five years. James also worked with American Express, and during the period, he handled $1 billion fixed income funds. He has donated millions to shape the communities in Texas and has a greater focus on improving the education accessibility. Under him, Highland gives direct assistance to students to complete their college degree and donates to universities to help them in research and academic excellence.
James Dondero completed his graduation in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia before starting his investment career. He has additionally qualified as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Dondero is also the Chairman of the board of directors of Nexbank Capital and the member of the board of directors at American Banknote and MGM Studios.