The entrepreneurial world is fast changing. Entrepreneurs are not only celebrated for their financial exploits but the societal impact their operations have. One celebrated individual in Texas is keen on the transformational aspect of his company’s activities. James Dondero, the co-founder, and the president of Highland Capital Management is a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Under his stewardship, the entity focuses on investing in the community through the support of organizations in the Dallas area. The Dallas Zoo, The Family Place, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, SMU’s Tower Scholars program, Education Is Freedom, and other local charity organizations are some of the institutions James Dondero, through Highland Capital Management and Highland Dallas Foundation, has partnered with in his philanthropy and transformative agenda. James’ commitment to his Dallas community is indeed remarkable.
Dondero’s journey in the business world began when he completed his college degree. He started at JPMorgan Chase & Co., after completing his university studies. He later joined American Express. At American Express, James was in charge of a $ 1 Billion fixed income account. His understanding in financial matters propelled American Express to prosperity. His efforts in the company came in handy when Protective Life’s GIC came calling with a CEO position for James Dondero.
The company, under James Dondero’s leadership, grew to become a $ 2 Billion company. James used all he had learned in the corporate world and his knowledge in finance to build a foundation for his firm.1993 was the year James Dondero begun Highland Capital Management, LP. The institution rose over the years to become a global leader in alternative credit. The company extends credit facilities to private investors through credit hedge funds, equity accounts, and long-only funds. Highland Capital Management has grown to become the pillar in the Dallas community and James, a role model to many in the entrepreneurial world.