James Dondero Leads Highland Capital in Finance and Philanthropy

James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the financial world and has been an innovator in helping individuals and institutions invest. He is the President and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. They have developed award winning financial products and Dondero’s influence in the investing world has been deep. Highland Capital has nearly $15 billion dollars under management and offers specialized skills that few firms can match.
Their products have been highlighted by some prestigious firms that analyze the financial investing universe. Morningstar, a highly respected research firm, gave Highland Capital a five-star rating in 2014 for their Global Allocation fund. With Dondero providing a vision and leadership, they are able to scour the globe in search of the best opportunities. They have also received recognition from the Lipper Fund Awards for superlative performance. Dondero has positioned Highland Capital to be among the elite firms whose clients have a rare opportunity to significantly outperform the market.
The Morgan Guaranty training program was where James Dondero got his start as a financial analyst in 1984. At the time, they provided extensive training for those embarking on careers in the finance world. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he earned dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He received the highest honors for his outstanding academic performance. His credentials don’t stop there, however, as he furthered his knowledge base by becoming a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
The next stop for James Dondero was American Express where he was a Corporate Bond Analyst. With this solid beginning under his belt, he then became a portfolio manager in fixed income funds where he managed substantial amounts of money. He also had a successful stint with Protective Life when he helped establish their GIC subsidiary.
Philanthropy is a strong interest of Dondero’s and he has established numerous programs which help the Dallas area and surrounding communities. Highland Capital, under his leadership, partners with many local organizations to help those who are underprivileged and to help build a better community for all.

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