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Dallas Business Owner and Philanthropist

Dallas local businessman, James (Jim) Dondero, boasts a rich history in big finance prior to opening his company, Highland Capital Management, LP. Mr. Dondero previously excelled at JP Morgan and American Express before becoming Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital. During his time at Highland Capital, James Dondero has been credited with pioneering advances in the collateral loan obligation (CLO) market and establishing credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors around the world. Jim Dondero had amassed over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets which gave him the distinct knowledge base to create the advances in the collateral loan obligation market. Always diversified, Highland Capital Management has a long-running focus on the healthcare sector and currently manages around $2.3 billion in healthcare assets alone; these divvied up into institutional funds and mutual funds. Visit his website at

Dedicated Philanthropic Efforts Serving the Dallas Area

Dondero’s brilliant philanthropy work was most notably brought to light when the Hippo Habitat at the Dallas Zoo was intending to close in 2001. The zoo went on to receive donations totaling over $14 million in order to help rebuild the habitat. An exceptionally generous $1 million of this came from Dondero and is the reason why the Highland Capital Lodge for the Hippos was deservedly named after his company. It is also quite noteworthy that Jim Dondero actively lends his support to initiatives in veteran’s affairs, education, and public policy. Read more about James Dondero on

Serving on Variety of Boards

In addition to all that he does for Dallas, and to being the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is also proud to serve on the board of directors for a multitude of companies, including Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, American Banknote Corporation, NEXBANK and even MGM Studios.

Educational Distinctions and Designations

James Dondero earned exceptional status during school, attaining dual majors in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia where he received the highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Si). Additionally, Dondero is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), and has also earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


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