James Dondeo- Focused on Giving

The co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P. James Dondero has been making an impact on the business world for quite some time. Over the years he has become famous for donating millions of dollars to worth charities. With more than three decades of experience Dondero has succeeded in building a career that is comparable to almost anyone.


Dondero’s experience is rooted in completing financial training at JP Morgan. From there he received a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia. During the early 1990’s, Dondero served as chief investment officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. This group grew to more than two billion dollars thanks to Dondero’s work. Dondero holds a wide range of experience including mortgage-backed securities, leveraged bank loans, upcoming market debt, investment grade corporates, and common stocks.


James Dondero has a long history of caring about and giving to education. He has a long list of partnerships that continue to improve the lives of Dallas residents. In 2014 his Highland Capital group began giving as much as a$2 million donation to Southern Methodist University. This donation helps provide undergraduate students with an excellent education and exposure to public policymaking. Dondero’s contributions are responsible for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute. This library and museum provide a long look at President Bush’s presidency through both historical records and artifacts. Other worth educational groups that are in existence because of Dondero include the Perot Museum of Natural Science, Uplift Education, Capital for Kids and the Dallas Zoo.


James Dondero’s impact is widespread. With such a long and successful career, it is certain he will continue to have an impact for many more years to come.


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