James Dondero is an entrepreneur who manages the Dallas based investment firm Highland Captial Management. The firm specializes in providing debt and credit backed securities for investors. This firm provides a wide range of services for numerous institutional investors as well as individuals. Over the years, Dondero has been able to establish this firm as a leading company in the finance industry. Since the early 1990’s James has gradually transformed this firm from a life insurance company to a full scale financial services firm. Prior to co founding Highland Capital Management, James worked as an employee in the finance industry where he held positions such credit investment analyst and investment manager. As well as leading a top investment firm, Dondero participates in a number of activities that make is community a better place. He looks to provide assistance for causes such as education, community development and healthcare.
When he first started his career, James would work for a finance firm and serve as a credit analyst. During his stint at this position, he would evaluate a number of debt and credit backed securities. Over the next several years, Dondero would gain more experience and expertise of the financial industry. At the end of his working career as a traditional employee, James attained a high level management position. At this position, James managed the assets of large corporations such as American Express. While he was working as the top investment manager, James would manage up to $2 billion in assets for large companies. After working in the financial industry for many years, James would start up his own company.
In 1990, James Dondero started up a firm of his own. He co founded the firm with Mark Okada and developed a life insurance company. During its brief existence, James would develop the company into a reputable firm that provides a number of life insurance and investment products for consumers. By the year 1993, James realized that the firm would benefit by expanding to a versatile investment firm. During the rest of the 1990’s decade, his firm would begin to offer more services that would benefit investors such as corporations, government entities, pension fund investors and high net worth individuals.