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James Dondero – a Founder, a President and a Philanthropist

James Dondero, otherwise known as Jim, is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. which was founded in 1993. Highland Capital Management L.P. is essentially an investment advisory group which utilizes a multitude of assets including mutual funds, ETFs, private equity, hedge funds and more. Highland Capital Management, L.P. has over $13.5 billion in assets in management currently and is known for it’s award-winning solutions for investors. Jim is also a Chairman of multiple companies including NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc., NexBank Capital, Inc., Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc., and some others. In addition to that, he is also a philanthropist that supports and values education, veterans affairs, and public policy. Follow James on Linkedin.

Jim went to college at the University of Virginia in the McIntire School of Commerce with a dual major in accounting and finance. He earned the highest honors. He also has certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Managerial Accountant, as well as Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim started his career in 1984 as an analyst at JP Morgan training program. From 1985 through 1989 Jim was a corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager for American Express.


James Dondero has donated millions of dollars to various non-profit organizations and charity organizations in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. These foundations include The Family Place, Dallas Zoo, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, Education is Freedom, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Capital for Kids and a few others! Jim aims to improve and enrich the lives in his area with education. Read this article at

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