James began his journey to the top by achieving a higher education at the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce. Here is where he would earn his Bachelor of Science Degrees in both accounting and finances. His success at the University landed him his first genuine position in the world of finance at JP Morgan Chase & Company. At JP Morgan, James would create a financial training program that was such a hit it landed James his dream job at American Express. From 1985 to 1989 James managed over $1 billion in fixed income funds for the clients of American Express. It was in 1989 that James would accept the role of Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary, a mere concept of a company that James helped to mold into a $2 billion success story. It was this success that would earn James the title of leading alternative credit manager in the world according to his peers. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.
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Now that James had reached the top tier amongst his peers, it was time to take the next step in his career by becoming the President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management, an alternative investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The firm’s primary focuses are on private equity loans and various credit accounts; however, James has made it a point to set aside $3 million every fiscal year for the support of their philanthropic efforts. His charitable team at Highland Capital Management assist James in searching for non-profit organizations and initiatives in the city that promise to strengthen their community by offering something of value to the people. For example, James recently gave a challenge grant of $1 million to The Family Place, a shelter for men that have fallen victim to domestic violence. The housing features a 24-hour crisis hotline for those who need to reach out and is close to medical care as well. Another recent example of the generosity shown by James Dondero and his charity team is the $1 million donation given to the Dallas Zoo so that they could rebuild their hippo habitat which closed down nearly two decades ago. Follow James on Linkedin.