In a time when collateralized loan obligation investments were heavily scrutinized, James Dondero was one of the only area investors that thought they are a great idea. In a time when emerging markets were being avoided for fear of international volatility, James Dondero decided that it would be a good time to get ahead of the curve. All of the decisions James Dondero has made has helped him to become an extremely successful investment manager, and today he is bringing those strategies and that intuitive decision-making to his clients at Highland Capital Management. Read this article at barrons.com.
Highland Capital Management is headquartered right here in sunny Dallas, Texas. It was founded by Dondero in 1993 after he had grown both his client base and knowledge of the business to a substantial enough level to go into it on his own. Highland caters to all kinds of investors, including financial institutions, corporations, funds of funds, governments, foundations and endowments, and public pensions. The firm has offices all over the world, including those in New York, Singapore, and Seoul. Dondero was not born the CEO and President of the firm, however. He had to work hard to get to where he is today. Read more about James at Crunchbase.
— James Dondero (@JamesDondero) January 16, 2018
James Dondero attended the University of Virginia, studying both accounting and finance during his time at the McIntire School of Commerce. After graduation, he took the first job he could get as a bond analyst at American Express. After learning about these bonds, he was offered the chance to manage a $1 billion fund full of fixed income investments. James Dondero did such an impressive job managing this fund that he was offered the Chief Investment Officer position at one of Protective Life’s subsidiaries. There he was able to manage and grow a fund with a value of $2 billion. At this point, he decided to go on his own and found Highland.
Even though Dondero had a meteoric rise to the top of the investment management game, he did not forget to give back. James Dondero still serves on several Boards of both non-profit and investment companies. He also gives heavily to several area charities, including Snowball Express and Education is freedom. Overall, James Dondero has created success through his decision-making, and he will continue to do so into the future.