James Dondero is a businessman and philanthropist with a passion for doing what’s right for the city of Dallas, Texas. In his younger days, Dondero attended the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he learned all the trade secrets of the financial industry and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in both accounting and finances. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero. After college, it was on to his first position within the business world at JP Morgan Chase & Company, where he would create a very successful financial training program. Mr. Dondero’s success with JP Morgan Chase & Company would soon land him a coveted position dealing with fixed income funds for clients of American Express. James Dondero would manage over one billion dollars for American Express before resigning in 1989 when he decided to accept the offer of being the Chief Investment Officer for the GIC Subsidiary for Protective Life. After a few short years, the start-up would soon become a two billion dollar success story with the help of James Dondero and his alternative credit expertise. Follow James on Linkedin.
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After several years of working his way up the corporate ladder and gaining the respect and admiration of his peers, James decided that it was time to create his empire, and so the alternative investment firm, Highland Capital Management, opened its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. James was not happy with merely establishing his own company; he wanted to build a company that would do more for the community. Mr. James Dondero makes sure that three million dollars are set aside every year for the philanthropic efforts he supports around Dallas. One of the recent examples of the generosity of Mr. Dondero and Highland Capital Management is the one million dollars given to the Dallas Zoo so that they could begin building their new hippo habitat. Back in 2001, their last living hippopotamus, Papa, died of old age and left the habitat empty. The Zoo management team then made the difficult decision to shut down the habitat, leaving behind space in the zoo. Now, thanks to the help of James Dondero and several other local philanthropists, the Dallas Zoo was able to rebuild and house two new hippos for their guest’s amusement.