James Dondero isn’t your typical businessman, and it’s a good thing that he isn’t. Over the course of the last several years he has given millions of dollars to Dallas based charities and other philanthropic organizations. He has a commitment to helping to make the greater Dallas area better that should be shared by more who have his level of financial independence and success. Co-founder and president of Highland Street Capital, James Dondero is not only a gifted financial planner, but he is also a natural born leader.
Recently Highland Street Capital was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the best places to work in the Dallas area, due largely to the leadership of James Dondero. This leadership has also been honed over the nearly 30 years of experience that he has in the financial sector, specifically in the credit and equity markets. He started his career with American Express in 1985 as a corporate Bond Analyst, and soon was put in charge of a set of fixed income funds totaling more than $1B. He left AmEx in 1989 to take the position of Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary which he grew to a valuation of more than $2B before leaving the company to start his own firm, Highland Street Capital. HSC currently oversees more than $20B in assets under his guidance. In addition, James Dondero also sits on the board of MGM and several other companies including NexPoint, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He also serves as Chairman of the board of NexBank.
All of this success has given James Dondero a unique opportunity to be of great help to the people of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a regular contributor to programs and organizations such as The Dallas Zoo, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education, and Capital for Kids. Most of these contributions are made through his Dallas Highland Foundation.
James Dondero is a man who is committed to making the greater Dallas-Fort Worth a better place. He is a shining example of those who give back for the blessings that they have received and more successful businessmen should take example of his generosity.