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James Dondero, the Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management

James Dondero is the co-creator and president of a company called Highland Capital Management. Highland Capital Management is an international alternative credit management company. James Dondero and Mark Okada started the company back in 1990 under the names of Protective Life Insurance Corporation, Protective Asset Management Company, and Ranger Asset Management L.P. The company didn’t become Highland Capital Management until 1998. Under their guidance, Highland created their first combined bank fund and an alternative investment platform. Within five years, they had grew the company into a 2 billion dollar company. The company kept on growing by launching offices in Singapore and Seoul in 2008 and 2011. Highland has 180 workers that are all over the world. They are located in Dallas, TX. They also have an office in New York. This year, Highland has 21 billion dollars in assets.

James Dondero of  jamesdondero.com is also the portfolio manager of NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund. NexPoint Advisors, L.P. is an associate of Highland Capital Management. He was later picked to be on the board of directors. He is also the possessor of NexBank, and NexPoint Real Estate Advisors which are also associates of Highland Capital Management.

Back in 1984, James began working as an analyst at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.
He first was a corporate bond analyst and later he became the portfolio manager for the company American Express in the years 1985 and 1989. He handled fixed income funds worth one billion dollars for American Express. Under his leadership as CIO (Chief Investment Officer), James assisted Protective Life to gain two billion dollars in AUM in the years of 1989 and 1993.

James is the Chairman of the board of directors of Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He is also on the board of directors of MGM Studios and American Banknote Corporation. James also had been given awards for his very successful career. Some of those awards are Morningstar five star designation for Global Allocation, Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and Morningstar’s First Ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund. The awards were given to him last year.
James is in engaged in supporting many issues dealing with education, veteran’s affairs, and public policy.

James went to University of Virginia. He acquired a bachelor of science degree in Commerce which is Accounting and Finance. James graduated with high honors. He has designation of being a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He also is an accredited management accountant.

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