James Dondero, a successful businessman, and philanthropist has a passion for giving back to his hometown of Dallas, Texas. However, before James could donate to the scale he does today, he first had to earn his education. James did this by receiving his Bachelor of Science degrees in both accounting and finances at the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce. After his schooling, James stepped into his first real role in the industry by taking a job with JP Morgan Chase & Company where he would create a financial training program. His work was such a massive success that it landed James his dream job with American Express no more than a year later. James worked on fixed income funds for the clients of American Express from 1985 to 1989, the total of which added up to $1 billion. Word of his hard began to spread, and he found himself accepting the offer to be Chief Investment Officer of the GIC Subsidiary for Protective Life. His peers would hear of his success, and James would soon be regarded as one of the top alternative credit managers in the country and the world. Read this article at barrons.com.
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After several years of success in the finance industry, James would co-found and accept the role of President for an investment firm in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, known as Highland Capital Management. Although the firm keeps him occupied by private equity loans and many other various credit accounts, James has maintained his passion for philanthropy along the way. Every fiscal year, James ensures that $3 million is set aside for the continued support of non-profit organizations in the area. A few examples of the places that have seen a donation or two from Dondero are, The Perot Museum of Natural Science, Uplift Education, Snowball Express, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute. Another recent example of his generous nature is the $1 million challenge grant given to the Family Place, a place for men who are victims of domestic violence. The shelter is close to medical care and also features a 24-hour crisis hotline for those in need. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.