James Dondero is a titan of industry in the field of finance, and an enthusiastic philanthropist who actively searches for ways to give back to his home city of Dallas, Texas. It all began when James began his journey in the financial industry by attending the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he would earn his Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finances. Read this article at barrons.com. It didn’t take long for James to find his place in the business world after he graduated and soon went on to build a financial training program for JP Morgan Chase & Company. His time with JP Morgan Chase & Company was so successful that James soon found himself accepting his dream job with American Express. Here is where he would put his investment skills to the test and manage one billion dollars worth of fixed income funds for clients of American Express, James Dondero did this from 1985 to 1989. It was 1989 when Protective Life asked Mr. Dondero to be the Chief Investment Officer for their GIC Subsidiary, to which James gladly accepted. What was once an idea, soon became a thriving two billion dollar success story with the help of James Dondero and his experience managing various accounts. Read more about James at Crunchbase. After years of maintained success in the financial industry, James felt it was time to establish an investment firm of his own, and so Highland Capital Management was headquartered in Dallas, Texas, in 1993. It wasn’t enough for James that he had made his million’s and earned himself a seat at the top of the tier of alternative credit managers throughout the world; James wanted to give back to his community as well. One of the examples of the way James Dondero gives back to the city of Dallas, Texas, is his recent one million dollar donation to the Dallas Zoo so that they could rebuild their long-lost hippo habitat. The zoo lost their eldest hippo, Papa, in 2001, and the management team had to make the difficult decision to shut down the habitat. Now, nearly two decades later, guests to the zoo can enjoy visiting Adhama, and Boipelo, the two young additions to the zoo in the brand new Hippo Outpost.
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