James Dondero is the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, and he is also a Dallas, Texas-based successful investor and hedge fund manager who has more than three decades of experience in dealing with equity and credit markets. During his time with Highland Capital, he has managed to help the company to create a spread of products and services that have won countless awards. With over 13$ billion in assets, the company is affiliated with the likes of NexPoint Advisors, NexPoint Residential Trust, Acis Capital Management, and NexPoint Capital and in 2014 it was awarded with the 5-star designation by Morningstar for Global Allocation. Visit Patch.com to know more about James.
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What some people don’t know about James Dondero is the fact that on top of being a Texas businessman, he is also a philanthropist who helps people in many different ways. Some people say that his heart is as large as the state of Texas when it comes to his giving. The money he has donated to the nonprofits in the Santa Barbara county area have been extremely helpful, and in 2011, James Dondero started up the Highland Santa Barbara Foundation Inc., which has been able to get more than $1.5 million into the hands of a spread of charitable organizations that can use it the most. Thanks to the foundation, more than $10 million has gone to other charitable organizations, as well, over the past decade.
James Dondero has been a large part of helping his home city of Dallas, Texas, and one of the projects he was a part of, was in cooperation with the Dallas Zoo. A decade and a half ago, the Dallas Zoo was going to have to shut down its hippo habitat after “Papa” the hippo passed away. News was looking grim, but that was before Dondero decided to get involved. When the zoo needed to build the Simmons Hippo Outpost, costing a total of $14 million, he worked with his company, Highland Capital Management to put together a $1 million donation. The Dallas Zoo was able to use the money to build a 5,000-foot hippo habitat appropriately named “Highland Capital Lodge.”
James Dondero studied at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he received two separate Bachelor’s Degrees in Commerce and Finance and Accounting. He then moved on to find work in the financial industry, and after working for several companies struck out on his own to find the success that he has earned today. Visit highlandfunds.com to know more about James Dondero.