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How James Dondero Turned Highland Capital Management Into A Global Behemoth

Based in Dallas, Texas, James Dondero is an investment professional who holds over three decades of experience in the niche. During his career, he has held roles with some of the largest financial firms in the world, as well as established Highland Capital Management, which has grown into an internationally-focused firm. Before entering the niche, Dondero studied at the University of Virginia, which he graduated from with degrees in accounting and finance.

Following this, Jim Dondero began working for JP Morgan and spent four years further developing and refining his skills. During this time, he became increasingly more well-known in the niche, which subsequently led to a role with American Express. While with the firm, he gained an extensive amount of expertise in fixed-income funds, which he helped to manage.

It was while with American Express that Dondero first became exposed to the alternative credit strategies world. As such, over the following years, he began developing a significant amount of experience in the niche, during which time he received a variety of promotions, eventually culminating in him becoming the CIO of the company.

After serving in this capacity for four years, James Dondero could no longer contain his desire to establish his own firm. As a result, he teamed up with investment banker Mark Okada to found Highland Capital Management, which focuses on a variety of financial and investment strategies. In the two and a half decades since the company was created, it has grown into a global behemoth with operations in Seoul, Singapore, New York, and Sao Paolo.

Jim Dondero has been involved in a variety of charitable causes during this time and has been an active supporter of several non-profits across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Some of the more notable of these include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Dallas Museum of Art, and much more.