Our Story

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A Story That Fits You

Starting from two mutual funds and $100,000 in seed money, we’ve grown to over $230 billion1 in assets with products and strategies for all kinds of investors. But throughout this journey our values have not changed.

Our story is still about a passion for helping people move towards financial independence and giving something back that's more valuable than money.

You’ll find these principles may be just right for you. Learn more.

The Stowers' Act of Giving Back Paves the Way for Clients to Make an Impact


Small Beginnings, Big Dreams

With two funds, three employees, 24 clients and $100K—James E. Stowers Jr. launches what is now American Century Investments.


Innovation Kicks In

Jim Stowers develops one of the first computer-driven stock screening processes—an innovative move that pays off for clients.


Growth & Inspiration

As American Century grows, Jim battles cancer. From facing the disease, the Stowers are inspired to give hope to others.


Connecting Health & Wealth

Jim and Virginia Stowers endow the Stowers Institute for Medical Research  from their personal fortune.

Virginia Stowers undergoes breast cancer surgery—reinforcing the couples' resolve to invest in medical research.


Culture of Giving Back

American Century Foundation is created to fund charities. Following the Stowers' lead, employees give back in the community.

The Stowers' vision is realized with the opening of the Institute. Later, BioMed Valley Discoveries  opens to develop treatments.

Jim and Virginia Stowers sign the Giving Pledge, instituted by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Jim and Virginia Stowers are among the first 40 people to sign the Giving Pledge, giving more than 99% of their wealth to medical research. The pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to set a new standard of generosity and philanthropy to address some of society’s most pressing issues. The Stowers’ pledge ranked 9th on Forbes’ 2011 list of the world’s biggest givers.


Recognition & Promising Relationships

American Century and the Institute receive the Financial Services Cares Award for the roles they play in the fight against cancer.

BioMed Valley Discoveries, with Johns Hopkins Institute, announces promising results using tumor-destroying bacteria.

Nomura Holdings acquires a non-controlling economic interest in American Century, which expands each firm’s opportunities to reach new clients and offer a broader range of solutions.

American Century launches the Avantis Investors® brand to offer a new suite of broadly diversified, tax-efficient and cost-effective equity and fixed income solutions. 


Resilience & Sustainability

American Century is the first asset manager to bring investors actively managed, semitransparent ETFs. 

Addressing growing demand for sustainable investments, American Century launches first active environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs and with Nomura introduces first sustainable impact emerging markets equity strategy. 

Impact Millions

Together we have the potential to impact millions. Learn more below or call us at (877) 345-0401.

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1As of May 28, 2021.