At the Top with James Dondero

The Dallas area play host to several big names in business. One of these names is James Dondero. Dondero is currently the President and CEO of the Highland Capital Management group and the President of the Board of Directors for the Highland Acquisition Corporation. He has had a very successful career and continues to bring pride to Dallas through his knowledge of business and capital markets, and the continued growth of investments that he manages. Learn more about James Dondero at Affiliate Dork.

Dondero started his career after leaving the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in accounting and finance. He used his degree to get accepted to the prestigious JP Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984, and leveraged this program to earn a position at American Express as a corporate bond analyst. At American Express, Dondero was the leader of a fund with over $1 billion in assets held in fixed income funds. This was his first time interacting with other fund managers and clients, and through all of his experiences, he started to build a client base and learn how to attract and earn more individuals and businesses that wanted to do more with their money.

After his time at American Express, James Dondero became the Chief Investment Officer of a subsidiary of Protective Life. He again took a leading role in asset management at the company, and through his leadership, the managed assets grew to over $2 billion. In 1993, however, Dondero decided he no longer wanted to work for other people. He took his earnings and founded Highland Capital Partners. Read more about James Dondero at Daily Forex Report.

Now, Highland Capital Partners is one of the most successful investment houses in the Dallas area. Boasting over $13 billion in managed assets, Highland invests for pensions, foundations, financial institutions, corporations, individuals, and endowments. They offer several services, including emerging markets trading and collateralized loan obligations. Highland has also grown their healthcare capital management practice over the last few years to over $2 billion. The Company is headquartered in Dallas and has satellite offices in New York, Seoul, and Singapore. The great track record of Dondero’s investments has earned his company a 5-star Morningstar rating, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and a top ranking in the Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund Morningstar ratings of 2014.