James Dondero achieved his impressive personal success in finance, but it is clear that the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management is fulfilled most in life by giving back to the city he calls home.
After earning two bachelors degrees from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in Accounting and Finance, he started his career at JP Morgan. Shortly thereafter he managed over a billion dollars in fixed income products for American express, before turning a small concept company, Protective Life’s GIC Subsidary into a $2 billion dollar enterprise. Finally in 1993 he decided to found his own in investment firm, Highland Capital Management, which has enjoyed enormous success to this day. Follow James on Linkedin.
James’s philanthropy to Dallas area causes is impressive both in breadth and depth. He has given to causes including a $1 million gifts to The Family Place, $1 million to the Dallas Zoo in order to build a new Hippo Exhibit called the Highland Hippo Hut, and funds a $2 million scholarship program to Southern Methodist University. Mr. James Dondero also helps fund fabulous causes such as Education Is Freedom, which provides financial assistance to at-risk youth looking to attend college, as well as Snowball Express, which provides fun and memorable experiences to children of our fallen military heroes. Read this article at barrons.com.
While James Dondero has certainly enjoyed enormous personal success through hard work and business tenacity, his most admirable quality is his penchant for giving back. James is certainly an important and respected member of the Dallas Community, and someone who will always be remembered for what he has done for others.