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Who We Are

A different story

Not Business As Usual, This Is Personal

It started with a powerful vision: Help clients achieve financial success. And for over 60 years, our commitment to financial advisors, individual investors and institutional clients has not wavered.

Being client-centric with a performance-first focus was the initial step—but not the end of the story. The vision has grown to include significant, ongoing contributions to humanity through breakthrough medical research. It's how we help our clients Prosper With Purpose.

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Quick Facts*





Jonathan Thomas


James E. Stowers Jr.


If we make our clients successful, then we, in turn, will be successful.
James E. Stowers Jr., Founder

Managing Money, Making an Impact

What sets us apart? These four key qualities come together to differentiate us from other 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.

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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 over $2 billion.*

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Corporate Sustainability Report

At American Century Investments, we are committed to delivering investment performance and making a difference. We are proud of our history of helping clients achieve financial success while also impacting society in a positive way.

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Corporate Responsibility

*As of 12/31/2023.