James Dondero is Chairman of the board of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, NexBank, and NexPoint. He is also on the board of not only MGM Studios, but also American Banknote. Dondero is very supportive of charitable events such as the Snowball Express, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, and SMU’s Tower Scholar’s Program. He also supports Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education if Freedom, and Uplift Education.
James Dondero has over 30 years of experience and is the co-founder as well as the president of Highland Capital Management. Under his guidance, Highland Capital Management has accrued $19 billion in assets. Highland Capital Management is affiliated with NexPoint Advisors, Acis Capital Management, and NexPoint Residential Trust. Highland is also affiliated with NexPoint Capital or healthcare BDC.
Dondero began his career as an analyst in 1984. He was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program and graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce the same year. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant and has earned dual majors for both Accounting and finance with the highest of honors.
In 1985, James Dondero worked for American Express as a Corporate Bond Analysis. He then moved on to become a Portfolio Manager for about $1 million in income funds. He left American Express in the year of 1989. Dondero was briefly the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary which was founded under his leadership in 1989 and grew to be worth $2 billion.
James Dondero has donated millions to the Dallas area charities as well as non-profit organizations. His support and commitment to the community has made it possible to improve educational opportunities for the Dallas-Fort Worth residents. It has also resulted in a growth of donations and partnerships that are benefitting the community and enriching the lives of Dallas residents. Highland Capital Management has donated $1 million in an effort to help bring hippos back to the Dallas zoo. Their donation will also help to build a 5,000-square-foot lodge that will for displays and private events. Dondero still continues to be a supportive figure in the Dallas community.