James Dondero received his BS in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia. James graduated from this university with honors and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma as well as Beta Alpha Psi. He is also a certified managerial accountant and a chartered financial analyst. Read more about James Dondero at Wikipedia.com.
By looking at his resume, it is obvious he has put these degrees plus the 30 odd years of experience to good use. James is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management, which specializes in high yield fixed income investments. Before creating Highland Capital in 1993 he was chief investment officer for Protective Life GIC branch and took the company from concept to over $2 billion in four years. Mr. Dondero first began his career at Morgan guarantee training program way back in 1984. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
His other experiences include mortgage backed securities, investment grade corporates, high-yield bonds, leveraged bank loans, real estate, derivatives, emerging market debt and common stocks. While working at American Express as a corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager he managed nearly a billion dollars of fixed income funds.
Currently, he serves as the Portfolio Manager of Nexpoint Credit Strategies. In fact, recently along with Arthur Laffer, Mr. James Dondero was accepted into the board of directors at Nexpoint. However, the world of finance is not the only thing that interests Mr. Dondero. He is also active in philanthropic work connected with veterans affairs, education and public policy. In fact, Highland Capital has a branch dedicated towards various causes called Highland Dallas Foundation. Recently the Foundation started a fund raiser for The Family Place, a charitable organization that helps victims of domestic abuse. The foundation promised to match %50 of any funds raised for this charitable organization. So far Highland Dallas foundation has helped raise millions of dollars to help the charitable organization reach their $16.5 million goal.