The Dallas community is a happy lot, after James David Dondero, did one among his numerous philanthropic deeds, of reviving the glory of their heritage-the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas residents are now enjoying the sight of hippos since 2001, after the Highlands Capital that is led by James Dondero, partnered with the Dallas Foundation in constructing the Simmons Hippo Outpost. In addition, their economy has grown tremendously, due to the thousands of people who have longed to see the hippos visiting the zoo.
James is a man with wears many hats. This is because he is a multifaceted individual with several positions like the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, and the CEO and Board Chairman of Highland Acquisition Corporation. In addition, he is the president and chairman of the Board of Directors at NexPoint Hospitality Trust Inc., and the Board Chairman of NexBank and Cornerstone Healthcare. Since founding Highland Capital Management in 1993, it has become one of the premier investment management firms in America, currently handling an estimated 14.9 billion dollars in diverse assets. James’ Midas touch has also seen the company develop several award-winning institutional and retail investment solutions, and win two Morningstar’s awards in 2014, for being the top-ranked Healthcare Equity Fund.
James Dondero’s journey into investment management began in 1984, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia. He promptly rose through the leadership ranks in companies like Leap Wireless International Inc.to heading his company and managing his portfolio. His career has spanned the past three decades, and his success continues to reverberate in credit and equity markets throughout the country.
Aside from his passion in his career, James Dondero is also committed to helping develop his Dallas community. His company has donated to charities such as the Family Place, Dallas Zoo; Education is Freedom and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Through his active participation and partnerships with non-profits in the area, his actions have enriched the lives of thousands of beneficiaries and will continue to do so for many years to come.