Our Story

The American Century Investments® story begins in 1958, with the vision of Jim Stowers Jr. In his small Kansas City, MO apartment, Mr. Stowers started the company determined to be the best and driven by a simple mantra: If you make others successful, you will be successful, too.

When the company opened its doors, we offered investors two funds. Innovative thinking characterized the company, and technology paved the way to a new style of investment management. Today, American Century Investments offers investors a number of investment choices through our distribution channels, which include direct, institutional and intermediary.

In 1973, Mr. Stowers pioneered the use of computers to aid in portfolio management. In keeping with the company's spirit of innovation, American Century Investments was the first mutual fund company to offer online account access and exchanges via the Internet.

Today, our story goes beyond our founder's original goal of making people financially successful. Our vision is embraced by people who believe in giving their best for the company and the communities in which we're located. Mr. Stowers and Virginia, his wife, embodied this vision in 1994 with the founding of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research through an endowment from their own personal wealth. The Stowers Institute focuses on finding long-term solutions for gene-based diseases.

Since American Century Investments was founded, the company has evolved to become an experienced investment manager with an expanding range of products and services, including quantitative, fixed income, growth, international and value strategies.


Vision, Mission

Vision: We believe the ultimate measure of our performance is our clients' success.

Mission: We relentlessly focus on delivering superior investment performance and building long-term client relationships.


Experienced Investment Management

American Century Investments is a leading investment manager with more than 55 years of experience helping investors achieve their financial goals. Serving financial intermediaries, institutions and millions of individual investors, we offer a broad array of investment products across a variety of disciplines.

In a very real sense, investors put their future in our hands. With so much at stake, we continue to guide our work by one central belief, shared by every person at American Century Investments: We succeed when our investors succeed.

Our management teams are guided by well-defined, repeatable investment processes and are dedicated to fully invested, active management approaches. We offer a comprehensive range of investment strategies for our clients, including:

  • U.S. Growth Equity
  • U.S. Value Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Disciplined Equity
  • Global and Non-U.S. Equity
  • Asset Allocation

A Great Place to Work

American Century Investments has been recognized as an employer of choice by numerous outside sources - including being named to FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Places to Work for in America" list for nine consecutive years. We've also been recognized as a top employer by The Business Journal of Kansas City. In recognition of our commitment to support family and life balance:

  • Conceive Magazine recently named us one of the top 50 fertility and adoption-friendly companies in the U.S.
  • Working Mother Magazine named us among their top 100 places to work in the U.S.
  • Dave Thomas Foundation named us among the top 10 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Our Founder

Mr. Stowers has a reputation for being a passionate leader, who strongly believes the only way to do something-is to do it right and do it better than anyone else. He believes in hiring the best people and cares deeply about them. The Best Is Yet To Be® is one of his best-known expressions, and he also has ingrained the idea that "making others successful is what makes you successful" throughout the organization. Employees recognize him and his principles as the driving force behind our culture-treating people fairly, honorably and with respect.


The Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Mr. Stowers is also the co-founder, along with Virginia, his wife, of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research - a world class biomedical research organization dedicated to improving quality of life by researching and uncovering the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of genetically-based diseases. Both Jim and Virginia are cancer survivors.