James Dondero is a Dallas, Texas-based financial professional who holds a considerable amount of experience in the niche, with this being spread across a wide range of areas. During this time, he has worked with a large number of companies, with one of the most notable being JP Morgan, which he began working with after graduating from the University of Virginia with degrees in finance and accounting.
During the four years that Dondero worked with the firm, he gained an extensive amount of experience across a variety of investment strategies. After this time, however, he felt a desire to move on to another company, which subsequently led to him working with American Express. In his time with the company, he gained a wealth of experience in managing fixed income funds while also navigating the complex world of alternative credit strategies.
During this time, he was able to develop a large amount of expertise, which subsequently allowed him to receive a variety of promotions, with James Dondero eventually serving as the company’s CIO beginning in 1989. After four years in the role, however, Dondero had a desire to start his own firm, which led to him establishing Highland Capital Management alongside investment banker Mark Okada.
In the decades since then, Dondero and Okada have grown the firm significantly, with Highland Capital Management now being one of the largest such companies in the United States based on managed assets. Throughout this time, the firm has grown to have offices across the world, with some of these being based in Sao Paulo, Seoul, New York, and Singapore, among others.
Outside of his investment career, James Dondero has been involved in a variety of philanthropic causes, with the majority of these being focused across Dallas. For the past several years, he has been involved with the Southern Methodist University’s Bush Center, as well as the University of Texas Center for BrainHealth, among others.