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Highland Capital Management is a registered investment firm, along with its affiliates, has assets exceeding $14 billion. The President and Co-founder is the savvy businessman James Dondero. Highland Capital Management manages CLOs, hedge funds, ETFs, special situations private equity and mutual funds. Highland is a leader in the investment industry with a strong focus on the healthcare sector. The company is known to be the most experienced alternative credit managers across the globe. James Dondero has an extensive resume and works with several companies as the board of directors such as: NexPoint Residential Trust Inc., MGM Studios, NexBank, American Banknote Corporation, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical.
With over 30 years experience in equity markets and investing, James helped pave the way for Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia majoring in accounting and finance. He then became certified as a Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. His first executive role was with GIC’s Protective Life subsidiary where he served as Chief Investment Officer. Under James’ leadership, he has the helped the company grow to over $2 billion in a a short span of 4 years.
Jim Dondero went on to found Highland Capital Management along with Mark Okada. Highland has a diversified client base that include: foundations, corporations, pension plans, endowments, governments, financial institutions, high net-worth clients and fund of funds. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, there are also offices in Sao Paolo, Singapore, Seoul and New York City.
James Dondero and Highland Capital Management are also very active in philanthropy. Partnered with Linda Owen former President of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, they work to expand their charitable efforts. Highland Capital Management contributes over $3 million each year to organizations via The Dallas Foundation. The charities they contribute to are focused on education, health care, support of our veterans and the Dallas community. Some of the beneficiaries of their generosity are: the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Snowball Express, Uplift Education and the American Heart Association. The Dallas Foundation was founded in 1929 and helps bring donors together to improve the lives of those in North Texas.