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

We believe there are four key characteristics that, when combined together, differentiate American Century Investments® from other investment management firms.

Performance Focused for 60 Years

  • Our investment culture shares the common goal of delivering superior, long-term, risk-adjusted performance.
  • This common goal drives a shared commitment to align our investment results with our clients’ expectations.

Pure-Play Business Model

  • Investment management is our sole business focus.
  • No ancillary businesses compete with our clients or dilute our resources from adding value for our clients.

Privately Controlled and Independent

  • Unburdened by quarterly earnings pressure, our ownership structure allows us to maintain a long-term view in the best interests of our clients.
  • 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®

  • Jim Stowers, Jr., the founder of American Century Investments, and his wife Virginia established and endowed the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a world-class biomedical research organization dedicated to uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of genetically based diseases, like cancer.
  • The Stowers Institute for Medical Research owns a controlling interest in American Century, and through this unique ownership structure, our dividend payments ensure the ongoing support of important work that can improve human health and save lives. Since 2000, those payments have totaled $1.8 billion. 

Together we can become a powerful force for good.

Our 2021 corporate sustainability report  has more information on how American Century makes an impact through how we manage money, develop our workforce and lift our communities.




Global Offices

Jonathan Thomas

President & CEO 2005-Present

James E. Stowers Jr.