Local Dallas, Texas charities and non-profit organizations have been thriving due to the generosity of one local businessman and philanthropist. James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Mangement, an alternative investment manager that has served both personal and business accounts across the nation. James obtained his education from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he would earn his bachelors in accounting and financing. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
After graduation, James quickly found himself managing one of JP Morgan Chase’s largest fixed income funds. Following his work with Chase, James was appointed the CEO of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. There he was able to hone his skills by helping businesses reconstruct their finances and increase their revenue. It was these years of experience that ultimately persuaded James Dondero to create his own firm.
In 1993 James Dondero would co-found Highland Capital Management, in the year since James has been able to create one of the most successful alternative investment companies in the nation. It was this success that has given James the ability to express his desire to serve and contribute to the community. One of the first recipients of his generosity was the Dallas Zoo. When their senior hippopotamus passed away the decision was made to close the exhibit. Understandably many within the community where devastated about the news of the closure and therefore because of this reaction the zoo decided to rebuilt the exhibit, however, the cost would come out to be over $14 million dollars. James Dondero heard about this and quickly donated one million dollars of his own money to help the zoo finish their project. Today, children and their families can now enjoy watching the newest hippopotamus exhibit at the Highland Capital Lodge, which was named after James’ company which also helped allocated additional funds. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.