James Dondero is the current President of a globally acknowledged credit provider that he co-founded in 1993. The Highland Capital Management, launched in 1993, began dispensing its financial services the same year and offers credit oriented strategies among them being;
• as separate accounts and long-only funds,
• Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs),
• and credit hedge funds.
The company, with James Dondero at its helm, also provides credible firms with alternative strategies for making investments. Some of the alternative investment strategies it offers include;
• long/short equities,
• emerging markets,
• and natural resources
The companies, entities, and institutions that qualify to be and form part of the Highland Capital Management’s customer base include various public corporations, public pension plans, funds and foundations, endowments, financial institutions like banks, high-net worth individuals and entities, and governments.
James Dondero, the president of the Highland Capital Management, lives in Texas. He serves as the chairman of the boards for the;
• CCS Medical,
• Cornerstone Healthcare,
• and Nexbank
The credit and equity expert also serves as a board member in various other commercial entities including the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and American Banknote. He majorly specializes in providing oversight for the Highland Capital Management’s investment operations and strategies. He has accrued over three decades’ worth of knowledge and experience in that market niche.
Mr. Dondero went to the University of Virginia where he graduated with the highest honors a double major in Accounting and Finance could achieve. He got certified as a Management Accountant and started off his career as a financial analyst in the Morgan Guaranty Training Program. At that time, he had all the access he needed to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
The phenomenal financial analyst and Managing accountant have another side though, one that has no regard for profit or balancing ledgers. He is a philanthropist who mostly supports public policy initiatives among many other initiatives. Other initiatives that he is known to have a keen interest in include veteran affairs and education. The philanthropist has over the existence of his three-decade career displayed an unwavering commitment to educational institutions and tourist attraction sites in Dallas. His charitable donations to such causes go towards building general public facilities and refurbishing existing ones. One of his charity ventures included construction of an updated hippo outpost at the Dallas Zoo. The donation was also planned to fund the construction of a 5000 square foot lodge. Other donations that Dondero has made to public institutions include the;
• the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute,
• the Snowball Express,
• Uplift Education,
• the Perot Museum of Natural Science,
• the Education is Freedom Charity,
• and the SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.
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