Highland Chief Says Wife Should Get Nothing In Divorce

Oct 25 2013 | 10:33am ET

Highland Capital Management founder James Dondero's bitter two-year divorce battle is coming to a head.

Dondero is asking a jury to give his wife nothing at the Dallas divorce trial, in spite of the pre-nuptial agreement that calls for Rebecca Dondero to receive up to $5 million.

In spite of tens of millions in earnings in recent years, Dondero has claimed that he is technically insolvent under Texas law due to pending lawsuits against Highland. He also yesterday argued that Rebecca violated their pre-nup when she asked for more than the $5 million specified.

Rebecca Dondero's lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing, called for the pre-nup to be voided. That action effectively voided the deal, Dondero's lawyers say. A decision is expected today.

Dondero has accused his wife of six years of having an affair, first with his now-former business partner, Patrick Daugherty. After he learned that Daugherty was innocent of the allegation, he told him that he had 20,000 e-mails proving that his wife was sleeping with another, unidentified man.

"Dondero explained to Daugherty how evil his wife was and why he was determined to pay her nothing in the divorce," Daugherty said in court papers. He later testified on Rebecca Dondero's behalf, telling the court that Dondero had asked him to lie.


In Depth

High Time For A Cannabis Hedge Fund?

Sep 30 2014 | 7:07am ET

Launching a hedge fund is always a gamble, but Leslie Bocskor's decision to launch...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this fight. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Appraisal Ratio Key To Evaluating Hedge Funds And Other New Investments

Sep 29 2014 | 3:07pm ET

As a former finance professor Peter Hecht experiences heartburn every time he hears...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Must Attend Hedge Fund Charity Events For October

    Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET

    The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

High frequency market making

High frequency trading is not evil, it is not a conspiracy and it really is not new; it is the natural evolution of the professional trading community making markets, providing liquidity and hopefully...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.