James Dondero started his journey in the finance world when he began his education at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he achieved his Bachelor of Science Degrees in both accounting and finances. Soon after he graduated, James started working at JP Morgan Chase & Company where he excelled through his financial training program and soon found himself with his dream job at American Express. James was responsible for the management of one billion dollars in fixed income funds and did so successfully from 1985 to 89 where he moved into the Chief Investment Officer title with Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. Read this article at barrons.com.
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1993 was the year James Dondero finally created his investment firm, Highland Capital Management, where his primary goals were to work with private equity accounts, hedge funds, as well as a variety of credit accounts. James also ensures that three million dollars are set aside yearly for his philanthropic donations.
Through the many years of success, James Dondero has achieved so much in the financial world, and now he has come to form a business relationship with fellow philanthropist and President and CEO of the Dallas Foundation, Mary Jalonick. Mary helped James to create the Highland Dallas Foundation so that he might be able to manage better the various organizations to which he chooses to donate. The focus of the Highland Dallas Foundation is to seek out non-profit organizations that wish to better the future of Dallas and surrounding Northern Texas cities. One of the many organization’s that receive assistance from the Highland Dallas Foundation is The Family Place. The Family Place is a shelter that takes in men that are victims of domestic violence and need a safe place to go. The housing is within minutes of various healthcare facilities and features a twenty-four-hour hotline for those in crisis. Another recent example of the generosity of the Highland Dallas Foundation and James Dondero is the one million dollar donation he gave to the Dallas Zoo so that they could reopen their long-missed hippo exhibit that was closed down nearly two decades ago after the death of their hippo, Papa. Now, thanks to James, the Dallas Zoo has a beautiful two-acre habitat for their hippo’s Adhama and Beipelo to roam. Learn more about James Dondero at Affiliate Dork.