In the recent past, James Dondero’s popularity in the Dallas and Fort Worth area has been increasing. He is popularly known for his role at Highland Capital Investment and his philanthropic activities. James is a great supporter of society-based development schemes. His devotion to better the community has led him to transform and construct numerous public amenities in the education and recreation sectors. When Dondero is not busy working in the capital market, he is busy working with the Dallas community to make the area a better place for the residents and the people who tour the beautiful city.
Dondero’s latest philanthropic act is the restoration of the modern hippo station at the famous Dallas Zoo. The restoration of the hippos’ outpost left the hippo as well as zoo lovers overwhelmed with eagerness and joy to view the charming animals in the zoo for the first time in fifteen years. The zoo has millions of people visiting each year. The spring season of 2017 marked the rebirth of The Hippo Habitat, one of the most energizing exhibitions in the zoo.
After such a long time, the residents of Dallas can delight in the beauty of the hippos without travelling to distant continents such as Africa. In 2016, Dondero posted on his social media page that he would help to bring back the beautiful creatures to the Dallas zoo in the subsequent year. Through his company, he donated one million dollars to fund the renovation of the Dallas hippo station. The construction process had come to a standstill in 2001 when the zoo’s eminent hippo, papa, died.
Dondero’s donation funded the construction of the Highland Capital Lodge, a 5000 square foot outpost that has an exclusive display and a breathtaking view of the hippos as well as their habitat. The project was funded by other great philanthropists such as Diane and Hal Brierley, Harold Simmons Foundation, and Eugene McDermott Foundation.
Dondero is the co-founder of Highland Capital Investment. Currently, he serves as the President of the firm. He is the chairperson of other prominent companies such as Nexbank, CCS Medical, and Cornerstone Healthcare. Dondero has been in the credit and equity markets for more than three decades. He studied at the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors in Finance and Accounting.