James Dondero

Chairman of the Board of Directors, NexBank Capital, Inc.

Co-Founder, Highland Capital Management

Founder and Principal, NexPoint


James Dondero is the co-founder and principal of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based alternative investment firm, and the founder and principal of NexPoint, an investment group launched out of Highland that specializes in real estate.

Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience investing across the alternative landscape. In that time, he established a number of integrated businesses to manage investments in credit, real estate, private equity, and other areas, building a global investment network. In 1993, Mr. Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management, the investment business that served as the basis for this network. Under his leadership, the firm evolved beyond its initial focus in credit, expanding into other markets and product offerings. Highland’s evolution gave rise to new businesses that make up the diverse investment platform that exists today.

Throughout his career, Mr. Dondero has championed expanding access to alternative investments. As Highland evolved, he used its scope and scale to drive innovation in the industry around this initiative. Mr. Dondero formed NexPoint in 2012 in a dedicated effort to bring real estate strategies and other alternative investment solutions to retail channels.

Mr. Dondero holds various leadership roles across the Highland Capital Management and NexPoint businesses; he serves as a portfolio manager for several funds on the Highland and NexPoint platforms and is an officer and director at NexPoint’s publicly traded REITs.

Additionally, Mr. Dondero holds director positions at several companies within financial services, healthcare, and real estate, among other industries. He is the chairman of NexBank Capital, Inc. and a director of MGM Holdings, Inc. and Texmark Timber Treasury, L.P.

A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero actively contributes to initiatives in education, veterans’ affairs, and community and economic development, and has been instrumental in supporting a number of civic and cultural institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a member of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Executive Advisory Council.

Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in accounting and finance. He has received certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.