James Dondero is a hedge fund manager, investor and local philanthropist. He sits on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is the Co-founder of Highland Capital Management that is based in the local area. He began training with JP Morgan in 1984 and got a job at American Express in 1985. When Dondero isn’t here giving back to the community he calls home, you can find him in one of his several offices all across the world.
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Most recently James Dondero did a great public service to the area. As you may remember, back in 2001 The Dallas Zoo decided to close the hippo habitat after one of the hippos suddenly died. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.
For years people have been asking for the return of the hippo habitat and when zoo managers finally decided to try and reopen it they were met with an obstacle. They needed 14 million dollars. That’s when Dondero stepped in. He generously gave a million dollars of his own money over to the zoo and in exchange they thanked him by naming the newest addition of the zoo after him, the Highland Capital Lodge.
In 2016, Dondero and Linda Owens, Dallas Civic leader teamed up to increase Highland Capital Management’s Charitable Donations in and around the Dallas area.
Owens doesn’t have as lengthy of a resume as Dondero but the construction of Klyde Warren Park was partly the responsibility of Owens. Together the two of them intend to better the community by way of The Dallas Foundation, a publicly ran charity that has been involved in not only Dallas, but all of northern Texas.
The Foundation holds well over 300 individual funds, some of which goes towards grants in various fields from social services to animal welfare. Together with Dondero and Owens, The Dallas Foundation will always be working to improve the Dallas area. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.com.