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Who we are

Changing the way the world invests

Fast fact: We're one of the world's largest and most respected investment companies.

Our remarkable history includes launching the first index mutual fund.

Our long-tenured leaders oversee more than 14,000 crew members in 15 locations worldwide.

What sets Vanguard apart

An unwavering focus on investors

Unlike any other investment company, we are built to create wealth only for our clients—not for outside owners. That motivates us to keep costs low—currently less than one-fifth the industry average.* This helps our fund investors to seek better earnings over time.

As a client-focused company, we're committed to following our time-tested investment principles, with the highest degree of integrity.

Our clients

Serving individuals and professionals worldwide

We are stewards of the assets of more than 20 million clients. With offices around the world we serve:

  • Individuals investing on their own.
  • Participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans.
  • Financial advisors.
  • Institutional investors.
  • Investors outside the United States.

Community involvement

Creating a better way of life in our communities

Our crew members volunteer thousands of hours to charitable programs, donate millions of dollars to worthy causes, and support a free K-12 curriculum that teaches thousands of students basic financial concepts.

We're also expanding our efforts toward long-term environmental sustainability.

Fast facts:
  • . . . One of the world's largest investment management companies . . .
  • . . . About $3 trillion in assets under management (as of December 2014) . . .
  • . . . In business since 1975 . . .
  • . . . Approximately 240 funds and ETFs offered worldwide . . .
  • . . . More than 14,000 employees . . .
  • . . . Oldest fund started in 1929 . . .
  • . . . Started first index mutual fund in 1976 . . .
  • . . . Average fund costs less than one-fifth the industry average* . . .

*Based on 2014 U.S. mutual fund industry average expense ratio of 1.02% and Vanguard's average expense ratio of 0.18%. Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company.