Jim Dondero is a well-known figure in the Dallas area. Dondero has been helping the Dallas community for years. Mr. Dondero is responsible for setting up the Dallas Foundation. The Dallas Foundation is one of the most giving organizations in Dallas. The foundation supports the Dallas Zoo, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Ross Perot Museum and other local nonprofit organizations. Dondero was able to form the foundation because of the success he has achieved in the hedge fund investment world. Jim is the co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management. Highland Capital Management is one of the most successful hedge funds in the market today. With more than $16 billion in assets under management, Highland Capital has made its investment partners a lot of money.
Southern Methodist University has received a great deal of support from Dondero and the other executives at Highland Capital Management. SMU is one of the most respected universities in the South. The 11,000 students get a well-rounded education in science, business, and the humanities. Dondero decided he would play an active role in the Cox School of Business on the campus of SMU several years ago. His accounting and finance background, as well as his knowledge of emerging markets around the globe, have helped business students grasp the intricacies that exist in the global market.
The Cox School of Business has a 100-member non-academic board that gives advice and direction to the faculty and students. The Board meets three times a year. During one of the recent board meetings, Jim Dondero was given a seat on the Executive Board. Dondero brings a fresh vision to the Board.
Trying to list all of Dondero’s accomplishments isn’t easy. He is the Chairman of several corporations. NexBank, MGM, Cornerstone Healthcare and NexPoint Residential Trust are some of the corporations that have been helped by Dondero’s leadership. Jim’s main focus has always been investing. He is considered one of the top hedge fund managers in the business. Highland Capital has offices in Seoul, Singapore, Sao Paulo and New York, so Dondero is busy traveling around the world finding new investment deals in some very unusual places.