James Dondero attended McIntire School of commerce, which is a University of Virginia undergraduate and graduate business school. He received highest honors and achieved dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He has certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Financial Analyst.
James got his start of his career as an analyst in 1984, when he was a part of the Morgan Guaranty Training Program. He continued to get over 30 years experience in the credit and equity markets through the positions he has held and those he continues to hold.
James was a Corporate Bond Analyst and became the Portfolio Manager at American Express during his employment there from 1985 to 1989. After American Express he was the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s Subsidiary, which was founded in 1989. He worked there until 1993. He is the Co-founder and President of Highland Capital which was established in 1993. He continues to be a part of Highland Capital, but he is also a part of other boards. He is President and Secretary of Highland Acquition Corporation since April of 2016. He is the Director at Jernigan Capital since August of 2016. He is currently a board member for American Banknote and MGM Studios.
James Dondero likes to give back to the community. He is partners with and ssupports numerous non-profit organizations and charities that focus on education, veterans’ affairs and public policy. He is committed to the improvement of educational opportunities for those living in the Dallas /Fort Worth area. His partnerships and donations continue to help enrich the lives of the Dallas residents. James has donated approximately $1 Million Dollars each to the Dallas Zoo and Family Place. He also donated approximately $2 Million towards the SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program. Other organizations he has partnered with or donated to are: Education is Freedom, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Uplift Education, Capital for Kids, Perot Museum of National Science and Snowball Express.