James Dondero has just over thirty years of experience in the credit and equity markets, he is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. Highland Capital was established in 1993 and focuses on the developement of the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) market. James Dondero serves as a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote; he is also a chairman for CCS Medical, Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare. While Mr. Dondero’s extensive professional committments can seem demanding, he also is very active philanthropically.
In 2001 Dallas zoo lost their last hippo, Papa. James Dondero sponsored the construction of a five thousand square foot highland capital lodge at the Dallas Zoo. He also helped sponsor the building of a new hippo habitat. It is a 2.1 acre habitat called the simmons outpost. There are currently two hippos, Adhama and Boipelo, residing in this state of the art habitat. The highland capital lodge was built in the intentions of hosting private events. This new addition to the zoo is worth over fourteen million dollars and is expected to take the zoo to the next level with increasing visitors to view the habitat.
In addition to James Dondero’s philanthropic donations towards the Dallas zoo, he has also helped in programs such as Capital for Kids, SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, Perot Museum of National Science and snowball express. The philanthropic efforts of James Dondero and his co-founder Mark Okada have been recognized by many and in 2015 the Dallas Business Journal named Highland Capital Management as one of the best places to work.