Philanthropist and successful businessman, James Dondero, started his career in the 80’s when he began his higher education at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Within his years there, James received two Bachelor of Science degrees, one for Accounting and the other for Finance. In 1984, James Dondero found himself working at JP Morgan Chase & Company and rising quickly to success with his financial training program. The success James achieved at JP Morgan Chase & Co landed him his once dream position at American Express, managing one billion dollars of fixed income funds. James Dondero worked for American Express up until 1989 when he helped Protective LIfe’s GIC Subsidiary rise to become a two billion dollar company. Read more about James at Crunchbase. After years of success with other companies, James decided it was time to create his investment firm, Highland Capital Management. The primary focus of Dondero’s firm is on private equities, hedge funds, and various credit accounts while setting aside three million dollars a year for philanthropic ventures.

The most recent donation from James Dondero and Highland Capital Management was to the Dallas Zoo for the reopening of their beloved hippopotamus habitat. The once-booming exhibit shut down nearly two decades ago in 2001 when the Zoo’s only hippo, Papa, died of old age. The community has continuously reached out the Zoo with requests that the habitat open once again, and with the help of James Dondero and several other local philanthropists the Dallas Zoo has opened up its brand new hippopotamus exhibit. Adhama and Boipelo, the two new hippo’s to the Dallas Zoo, have a two-acre habitat to play in and explore that includes the Highland Capital Lodge, a facility that guests can rent out for private events. Read more about James Dondero at Daily Forex Report.

Another organization that receives assistance from Highland Capital Management is The Family Place; A shelter in Dallas Texas that is in place for men that are in need of an escape from a domestic violence situation. Within minutes from medical care facilities and equipped with a twenty-four-hour crisis hotline, it is essential to the community that places like The Family Place be supported by philanthropists. It is because of men like James Dondero that places like The Family Place can survive, and for that, Dallas thanks him.


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