Highland Capital Management (HCM) was co-founded in 1993 by James Dondero, after more than a decade of working in the finance world. Starting his own company was a natural progression after managing $1 billion in fixed income funds while at American Express, and acting as chief investment officer for the GIC Subsidiary of Protective Life, which he transformed into a $2 billion business. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.
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HCM was a forerunner in developing the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation), as well as credit centered options for investors globally. The company provides award winning products like hedge and mutual funds, REITs, ETFs, private equity funds, and more.
Although his reputable company is thriving in alternative credit management, James does not focus solely on work. As a resident of Dallas, Texas, he has made it his mission to improve the community through a myriad of different philanthropic endeavors. Starting with the Dallas Zoo, Mr. Dondero contributed $1 million to restore the hippo habitat that had been closed since 2001. Now an open exhibit, appropriately named Highland Capital Lodge, visitors of the zoo can finally enjoy and learn about the hippopotamus again.
Some of his other works of philanthropy include the Snowball Express, George W. Bush Presidential Library, Uplift Education, and the Perot Museum of Natural Science. Teaming up with Mary Jalonick, President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation, James has also lent his support to veterans, education, and health care in the North Texas region, as well as a variety of civic organizations.
After hiring the former CEO of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, Linda Owen, James’s charitable efforts have expanded to include more organizations and commitments, like a domestic violence shelter for men, The Family Place, for whom Highland Capital Management hosted a fundraiser at the Dallas Zoo.
In addition to running a company and being a generous philanthropist, James Dondero is also a chairman or board member for numerous agencies and organizations from Cornerstone Healthcare to MGM Studios.
Whatever he can do to strengthen or improve the Dallas community, James Dondero welcomes the opportunity to make a positive difference in the area and the people. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.com.