The residents of Dallas are not strangers to the name James Dondero, owing to his donations to non-profits and charities in the Dallas-area. James Dondero, commonly referred to as Jim, is the president of Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero has been the President and Secretary of Highland Acquisition Corporation since 1993 and also served as the chairman of Board of Directors at NexPoint Hospitality Trust Inc.
Jim co-founded Highland Capital Management and manages the private equity business where he is tasked with the execution of Highland Capital’s strategic investment and operational initiatives. James Dondero’s company has about $14 billion in assets under management. The company has several affiliates which include Acis Capital Management and Nexpoint Advisors among others.
Jim’s career journey began in 1984 as an analyst when he was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty Training Program after graduating from the University of Virginia where he earned dual majors in Accounting and financing. He later joined American Express where he served as portfolio manager for approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds. He left American Express in 1989.
James is a resident of Dallas, TX, and recently came out as a hero for the Dallas zoo after he brought back hippos which had disappeared from the zoo for close to 15 years ago. He rebuilt the hippo outpost which required almost $14 million. This gave the residents of Dallas a chance to view the gentle beasts. James is also a participant in other charity projects in Dallas such as George. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Perot Museum, and the Snowball among other projects.
Jim Dondero was recently appointed to the Board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, which only builds on the commitment that his company, Highland Capital, has already shown to SMU through their Towers Scholar program. SMU Cox School of Business is an integral part of Dallas through the vibrant business activities in the city. He also serves as a board member of Jernigan Capital and MGM Studios. Highland Capital has its headquarters in Dallas, but also has other offices in Singapore, Sao Paulo, and New York.