Stories about money and passion are nothing new. In fact, the combination of the two often yields enticing headlines. However, American Century Investments’ story is one about passion for helping people—to become more financially independent and to give back something that’s more valuable than money.
With two funds, three employees, 24 clients and $100K—James E. Stowers Jr. launches what is now American Century Investments.
Jim Stowers develops one of the first computer-driven stock screening processes—an innovative move that pays off for clients.
As American Century® grows, Jim battles cancer. From facing the disease, the Stowers are inspired to give hope to others.
Virginia Stowers undergoes breast cancer surgery--reinforcing the couples’ resolve to invest in medical research.
Dividends to the Stowers Institute total $1.2 billion.
American Century and the Institute receive the Financial Services Cares Award for the role they play in their fight against cancer.
Helping people is at American Century’s foundation, both financially for clients and supporting research that impacts health and life.
Jim and Virginia Stowers sign the Giving Pledge, instituted by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, and rank 9th on Forbes' list of the world’s biggest givers. The Stowers pledge more than 99% of their net worth, a combined total $1.6 billion.