Who We Are

"If we make our clients successful,
then we, in turn, will be successful."

Jim Stowers, Founder

More than a half century ago, an innovator named Jim Stowers, Jr. founded a small asset management firm in his one-bedroom Kansas City apartment. His vision was to create a company dedicated to integrity, performance and service all focused on one objective: helping investors reach their financial goals.

Relying on $100,000 in seed money from 24 investors, and initially offering just two mutual funds, the company has grown to become one of the country's top money managers serving financial intermediaries, institutional clients, and individual investors.

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Managing Money, Making an Impact

American Century Investments® is a leading asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives.

Performance Focused for 60 Years

  • Founded in 1958 by Jim Stowers Jr., our investment professionals aim to outperform relevant benchmarks and peer groups using a highly defined, disciplined and repeatable process that emphasizes independent thinking.
  • We take an active, team-based and risk-adjusted approach to managing equity, fixed income and alternative investments.
  • With a global presence, we help clients around the world achieve their goals.

Pure-Play Business Model

  • Investment management is our sole focus, which empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations.
  • No ancillary businesses compete with our clients or dilute our resources to serve them.

Privately Controlled and Independent

  • Our ownership structure allows us to maintain a long-term view in the best interest of our clients—we're not beholden to quarterly earnings pressure.
  • We take an independent view, guided by our commitment to do the right thing for our clients. This focus on integrity has earned the trust of our clients for 60 years

Prosper With Purpose®

  • Every day, people focus on making the world a better place for themselves, their families and their organizations. You can give back something more valuable than money.
  • By investing with us, you also invest in the future of others and potentially impact the lives of millions. That's possible because of the distinct relationship with our primary owner, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
  • Our dividend payments support the Institute's work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer. It's how we and our clients together redefine prosperity.

Progressive Culture

  • Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts embrace our clients' demand for well diversified investment solutions that deliver superior performance.
  • We believe that a highly skilled team, representing a diversity of background, experience, and thought, makes us stronger, smarter and better able to understand our clients, deliver superior performance and build long term relationships. 

Together we can become a powerful force for good.




Global Offices

Jonathan Thomas

President & CEO 2005-Present

James E. Stowers Jr.