James Dondero: A Profile in Success
If the youth of Dallas want to find an example of a local person who has succeeded to the fullest, they need look no further than James Dondero. Over the last 30 years, he has emerged as one of the biggest names in the world of finance, as well as being one of the most trusted financial advisors in the world.
His career began in 1984, when he graduated with honors from the Mcintyre School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. In that same year, he was accepted into the J.P. Morgan training program, where he learned the financial wizardry for which he has become known.
in 1985, he went to work for American Express, first as a corporate bond analyst, and later as a portfolio manager. After leaving American Express in 1989, he served as CIO for a subsidiary of Protective Life. He grew this business from basically nothing, until it became a thriving 2 billion dollar company. Read this article at barrons.com.
In 1993, he founded his own company, called Highland Capital Management, which has since grown to become one of the biggest credit management companies in the world. According to the company’s website, they manage about 14 billion dollars worth of investments. They started out in Dallas, but have since grown into a global company with offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Seoul. Read more about James at Crunchbase.
Mr. James Dondero has also been involved in a number of charitable ventures, the most well-known of which is the Hippopotamous exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. The Hippos had been absent from the zoo since 2001, until Mr. Dondero’s company donated about a million dollars to ensure that the animals could return. They even created a small observation post for visitors which was named the “Highland Capital Lodge”, in honor of the company that made it possible. Mr. Dondero and his company have also donated large sums of money to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Perot Museum Of Natural Science, The Snowball Express, The Education is Freedom Foundation, Uplift Education, and the SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.
Without any doubt, he has gone from success to more success in every venture he has put his hand to, giving the world a fine example of the quality of people that come out of our fair city.