With partially grey hair, crystal white sunken eyes and a slightly pointed nose stands a man in his early fifties but works so hard like an upcoming teenage millionaire. His curriculum vitae is to die for having been in the industry for over 30 years. He has affiliations in more than twenty companies. He is a guru because he has combined finance with the healthcare sector.He was one of the first veterans of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) policy; he has helped improve the healthcare industry through credit offering solutions for both individuals and companies.
He is quite a busy man serving on many boards, founding many companies and currently heading others up to now. He is known to be dedicated and offer high-quality services. He served as chief investment officer of Protective Life’s GIC from 1989 to 1993 where, with his expertise and leadership, rose the firm to over $2 billion in assets. He also worked with American Express where he managed their fixed income funds for 0ver $1 billion. In 2000, he served as Director of Leap Wireless International and in 2002 as director for TerreStar Corporation. Together with Mr. Mark Okada, he co- founded Highlands Capital Management in 1993, where he has been director ever since. It is an investment firm with interests in healthcare, technology, finance, oil, gas and structured products. The company also happens to be the leader in collateralized loan obligations management given that the policy’s pioneer is the head of the company. Headquartered in Dallas, the company’s management team led by Mr. James Dondero and Mr. Okada, has nine analysts and specialists with a total 120 year experience who together boasts of employees who know how to adequately advice its customers in the financial markets, medical technology, life science tools, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Its products also include mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs and private equity funds. As said earlier, Mr. James has over 30 years’ experience in credit markets and handles the company’s operational and strategic plans. He as worked on the board of directors for MGM Studios and American Banknote. He is also chairperson and director of Nexbank SSB, Nexpoint capital, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare. Quite a resume he has. With his company, HCM, he has won various awards including a 5-star global allocation award from morning star in 2014. He also won the Lipper award for floating rate opportunities.
Mr. Dondero is without doubt rich and has one of the most expensive homes in Dallas, Texas where he currently lives, valued at over $9 million. He has quite a rich education background having been a graduate of the University of Virginia and graduated with the highest honors (Beta Alpha, Beta Gamma Sigma) in accounting and finance majors. He completed financial training at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, is a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst name due to his outstanding work.
Mr. Dondero is highly motivated by charity work, and his philanthropy is seen in supporting different initiatives in education, public policy, and veteran affairs.