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James Dondero is an investment banker. He is the president and co founder of Highland Capital Management. James graduated from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance. James trained at the popular Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. After completing his training with the Trust Company, he got a job at American Express as a fund manager. While working at American Express, he saw it good to undertake a professional program. To this end, he pursued his Chartered Financial Analyst examination. The investment banker completed his exams and became a certified Financial Analyst in 1987.
Owing to his experience for working in different institutions, He was able to secure a position at the Protective Life GIC where he was made the Chief Investment Officer for one of its subsidiaries. In a period of five years, James was able to grow the subsidiary to $2 billion worth of asset. Such increase in the net worth of the company marked his success as the chief investment officer of the corporation. After working for Protective life for a while, James left the corporation to co found Highland Capital Management. His experience in mortgage securities, emerging markets, stocks and equity funds gave him the leverage and experience required to run the business.
In the span of his career, Dondero has received various award and accolades. He has received the HealthCare Long/Short Equity Fund, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities and the Global Allocation 5star award. James serves as Portfolio Manager at NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund. He has over 30 years experience in portfolio management. James is good in leveraged bank loans, real estate, derivatives, investment grade corporate, high yield bonds and emerging market debts.
On the philanthropy side, James is dedicated to better and affordable community healthcare projects. He was appointed as a board member for Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. Currently, James resides in Dallas Texas where he deals with investment strategies and operations of Institutional products area. In addition, Mr. Dondero is a board member for American Banknote, NexBank and MGM Studios.
His vast experience in the investment sector has helped him get appointed in the board of directors of diverse companies. James is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of HCM Acquisition Company. Since 2004, He has served as the managing partner, president and chief executive officer of Highland Floating Rate Advantage Fund. In January 2000, he became the Chief Executive officer and president of Prospect Street High Income Portfolio Inc.
In his capacity as the Chief Executive officer of Prospect Street Income Shares inc, James was able to generate a lot of profits that has made him stand out among the sought out investment bankers. His expertise in investment has boosted his net worth and added his portfolio growth. James is said to have a Midas touch when it comes to money and redoubling the investments. He attributes his success to the training and education he received before embarking on his career.