The expert in high yield credit, James Dondero has become one of the world’s leading alternative investment specialists through his Highland Capital company. James Dondero has made a number of high-profile business deals but believes the need to give back to the people of Dallas, Texas is the most important part of the work he undertakes each day. Among the high-profile philanthropic causes, the former JP Morgan Chase broker has undertaken is an innovative new habitat for the hippo’s at Dallas Zoo along with an event stage and lodge-style viewing areas.
James Dondero based his Highland Capital brand in 1993 in Dallas, Texas and began his career with the desire to build a brighter future for members of the local community. Always an active philanthropist, Dondero set out to make a quick impact on the community with a number of board-level positions with local groups such as ReuNight. The ReuNight brand has been assisting the women and families of Dallas affected by domestic violence for decades with the support of Highland Capital. James Dondero acted as the Honorary Chair of the ReuNight event in 2016 which was held in support of The Family Place programs dedicated to protecting those affected by domestic violence.
The second area of concern for James Dondero has been his work with Dallas Zoo, which has included the creation of a hippo habitat following the arrival of the animals in Texas. Dallas Zoo’s last remaining hippo died in 2001 leaving a large gap in the number of animal exhibits on show to the public. In 2016, Dallas Zoo broke ground in a new hippo habitat created at a cost of $14 million, of which $1 million was donated by James Dondero and Highland Capital. Keeping the new arrivals as happy as possible is the aim of the zoo and includes a 120,000-gallon waterhole and large underwater viewing area.