Jim Dondero and Mark Okada founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. Highland Capital Management started as a small company in Dallas, but today it manages over $16 billion in assets and operates in New York, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Seoul Korea.
Jim Dondero is an active philanthropist and is known as Dallas’s Philanthropy Hero. His philanthropic ideals have been transferred into Highland capital’s culture and daily operations. Highland Capital has even formed its own charitable division dedicated to providing endowments and supporting non-profit organizations. Jim Dondero has had a strong relationship with the Bush Center and has recently been appointed to the executive advisory council of the foundation by its CEO Kenneth Hersh. The announcement came after Highland Capital provided a $10 million endowment to the Bush Center’s Engage at the Bush Center program. James has been supporting the Bush Center since its inception in 2012. Visit hcp.com to know more.
In 1984, James Dondero earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He started his career at JP Morgan and then became the Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life. At Protective Life, James created the company’s GIV subsidiary and turned it into a $2 billion division from scratch. In 1993, James started Highland Capital Management and grew the company into one of the largest financial institutions in the nation. Today, it manages over $16 billion in assets and provides millions of dollars in endowments every year. James is a chartered financial analyst and Certified Managerial Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the equity market industry. He gained valuable experience and knowledge at American Express before creating his own financial services empire.
Highland Capital provides its financial services to governments, corporations, and high-income individuals. Its charitable contributions have helped the Dallas community develop, creating thousands of jobs and maintaining the local businesses such as, the Dallas zoo. Jim believes that accumulating wealth and running a business should be done with grace and in ways that help others. This philosophy continues to this day. Read more about Highland Capital at prnewswire.com.
Since the Bush Center opened its doors James and Highland Capital have gifted more than $5 million to its programs and initiatives. The Engage at the Bush Center programs occur every year and have had sold out crowds. It brings influential speakers, authors and politicians together to have debates and conversations. These programs aim to educate and bring to light the problems with society and how to fix them. With Highland Capital’s generous gift the Bush Center will continue to improve the community and change peoples lives into the future.