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Founder of one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world, The Vanguard Group Inc., John C. Bogle has a lifetime of expertise in economics and finance. The company he founded now comprises over 120 mutual funds and its assets exceed $1 trillion.

Mr. Bogle has been selected by TIME magazine as one of the hundred most powerful and influential people in the world, and Fortune magazine nominated him one of the investment industry's for “Giants of the 20th Century." Other honors have included the Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University for “distinguished achievement in the Nation's service," the Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Investment Management and Research and induction into the Hall of Fame of the Fixed Income Analysts Society Inc.

Author of a number of books, several of which have been bestsellers, Mr. Bogle's Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor is considered a classic within the investment community. Other titles include Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard group and Enough: The True Measures of Money, Business, and Life.

Mr. Bogle, a Princeton magna cum laude graduate, has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and Chairman of the Board of the National Constitution Centre. He has served on the board of The Conference Board Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise, and is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Scientists. A trustee of Blair Academy, his alma mater, he has received a dozen honorary doctorates, including one from Princeton University.

Full Profile

John C. Bogle is Founder of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and President of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center. He created Vanguard in 1974 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 1996 and Senior Chairman until 2000. He had been associated with a predecessor company since 1951, immediately following his graduation from Princeton University, magna cum laude in Economics. He is a graduate of Blair Academy, Class of 1947.

The Vanguard Group is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard comprises more than 120 mutual funds with current assets totaling more than $1 trillion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the largest fund in the group, was founded by Mr. Bogle in 1975. It was the first index mutual fund. The story of his life and career is told in John Bogle and the Vanguard Experiment: One Man’s Quest to Transform the Mutual Fund Industry, by Robert Slater (1996).

In 2004, TIME magazine named Mr. Bogle as one of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people, and Institutional Investor presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, Fortune designated him as one of the investment industry’s four “Giants of the 20th Century.” In the same year, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University for “distinguished achievement in the Nation’s service.” In 1997, he was named one of the “Financial Leaders of the 20th Century” in Leadership in Financial Services (Macmillan Press Ltd., 1997). In 1998, Mr. Bogle was presented the Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Investment Management and Research (now the CFA Institute), and in 1999 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc.

Mr. Bogle is a best-selling author. His titles include: Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor, Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor, Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group, Battle for the Soul of Capitalism, and Enough: The True Measures of Money, Business, and Life. joh

Mr. Bogle served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute in 1969-1970, and as a member of the Board in 1969-1974. In 1997, he was appointed by then-U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt to serve on the Independence Standards Board. In 2000, he was named by the Commonwealth’s Chamber of Commerce as Pennsylvania’s Business Leader of the Year.

He served as Chairman of the Board of the National Constitution Center from September 1999 through January 2007, and was a Director of Instinet Corporation until December 2005. He was a member of The Conference Board’s Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise, and is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A Trustee of Blair Academy, he served as Chairman in 1986-2001. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Delaware, University of Rochester, New School University, Susquehanna University, Eastern University, Widener University, Albright College, Pennsylvania State University, Drexel University, Immaculata University, Princeton University, and Georgetown University.


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John C. Bogle reflects on the lessons learned in a lifetime of integrity in finance. Talking of the reasons why others may not deal with such integrity, he says, “First of all, there's a lot of ego out there… we all think we're smarter than the other guy, we all think we're better, sometimes I think we all think we're better lovers, I don't know about that, but we're all average, and have to be… but then we have this massive marketing machine of paid salesmen who can always beat the index."

Talking of the capitalist system, he explains, “Capitalism is a very funny manifestation when you come to fiduciary matters… most systems, when it comes to a new idea for example, if you want to get it sold, you pay the salesman a great deal of money, you advertise a lot and you deliver 70 cents in the dollar or something like that. The investment business is really a business of mathematical candor, you can't hide…in the financial business value is one thing, dollars."

Explaining the philosophy behind Vanguard Group, he says, "I brought in another manager, then another, then another, so we have a lot of equity funds that have five managers…we win by about a point and a half a year not because we have better managers but because we have very low operating costs and we negotiate the fees right down with the advisers."

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John C. Bogle offers a number of presentations in which he brings his unparalleled financial experience to an analysis of current economic conditions. He reflects on the clash of cultures that exists in capital markets - the culture of science battling with the culture of the humanities.

Mr. Bogle investigates how investors lost faith in Wall Street due to speculative greed, and shares his advice as to how best to invest in the current economic climate. He defines values that should guide investors and those who work in financial institutions.

A zealous advocate for the small investor, Mr. Bogle speaks of his determination that integrity should be restored to the financial industry and that the rights of the small independent investor should be paramount.

Clash of the Cultures
Major changes have taken place in the financial sector in recent years, changes that reflect two very different cultures that have existed in the world of capital formation and capital markets throughout history. The issue is, simply put, the ascendance of the culture of science (of instant measurement and quantification), over the culture of the humanities (of steady reason and rationality) in financial markets. Clash of the Cultures is John Bogle′s assortment of what he deems his "Sophie′s Choice" of speeches, guaranteed to excite, inspire, and motivate investors to rethink how they invest.

Why We Lost Faith in Wall Street - And What To Do
Investing is an act of faith, and Wall Street broke that faith with speculative greed. In the midst of a crisis of faith, what is an investor to do? Mr. Bogle shares indispensable advice for investing in the current economic climate, with resolute faith in the strength and resilience of the American economy.

Enough. True Measures of Money, Business, and Life
For a critical element of American society, including many of its wealthiest and most powerful, there seems to be no limit today on what "enough" entails. The excesses are most starkly visible in the continuing crisis in banking and investment, to say nothing of the billion-dollar-plus annual paychecks that top hedge-fund managers draw down and the excessive compensation paid to CEOs, regardless of performance. Mr. Bogle offers his unparalleled insights on money, on the values we should emulate in our business and professional callings, and on what we should consider as the true treasures in our lives. By explaining what "enough" truly is, he demonstrates how close everyone can be to having it.

Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group
Vanguard has grown to become the world′s largest no-load mutual fund organization and by far the world′s lowest-cost provider of financial services to independent investors. But far more than its unprecedented size and remarkable rate of growth, it is Vanguard′s concern for the rights of the independent investor that mark it as the most truly progressive company in the mutual fund industry." Character Counts presents Bogle at his most straightforward and unvarnished.

The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
In this speech Bogle talks about the failures of the American financial system and the grotesque abuses that have taken place in recent years. A zealous advocate for the small investor for more than fifty years, Bogle champions the restoration of integrity in industry practices. He tells the story of what went wrong but, more important, the story of why we lost our way and of how we can right our course.





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    The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation
    How understanding the financial sector has moved from the realm of the humanities to the world of the sciences

    Major changes have taken place in the financial sector in recent years, changes that reflect two very different cultures that have existed in the world of capital formation and capital markets throughout history. The issue is, simply put, the ascendance of the culture of science (of instant measurement and quantification), over the culture of the humanities (of steady reason and rationality) in financial markets. Clash of the Cultures is John Bogle′s assortment of what he deems his "Sophie′s Choice" of speeches, guaranteed to excite, inspire, and motivate investors to rethink how they invest.

    • Written by mutual fund pioneer John Bogle, former Vanguard Chief Executive and the "Father of Index Investing"
    • Completes the trilogy of best selling books beginning with Bogle on Investing First 50 Years and Don′t Count on It!
    • Shows how long-term investing reflects the culture of the intellectual, the philosopher, and the historian, while short-term speculation reflects that of the statistician, the technician, and the alchemist, and how this is shifting

    Insightful advice on how the financial world has moved away from placing value in a proven record of shrewd management and investor activism, Clash of the Cultures is packed with industry-defining wisdom.
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    Don′t Count on It!: Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, "Mutual" Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes
    Insights into investing and leadership from the founder of The Vanguard Group

    Throughout his legendary career, John Bogle-founder of the Vanguard mutual fund group and creator of the first index mutual fund-has helped investors build wealth the right way, while, at the same time, leading a tireless campaign to restore common sense to the investment world.

    A collection of essays based on speeches delivered to professional groups and college students in recent years, in Don′t Count on It is organized around eight themes

    • Illusion versus reality in investing
    • Indexing to market returns
    • Failures of capitalism
    • The flawed structure of the mutual fund industry
    • The spirit of entrepreneurship
    • What is enough in business, and in life
    • Advice to America′s future leaders
    • The unforgettable characters who have shaped his career

    Widely acclaimed for his role as the conscience of the mutual fund industry and a relentless advocate for individual investors, in Don′t Count on It, Bogle continues to inspire, while pushing the mutual fund industry to measure up to their promise.
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    John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years
    John Bogle on Investing is the first comprehensive review of the career and contributions of this dynamic investing icon. From Jack Bogle′s never-before-published 1951 Princeton thesis to more than two dozen essays covering five decades of investing, it is a 50-year compendium of the work and wisdom of one of the world′s most important financial figures.
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Clash of the Cultures
Major changes have taken place in the financial sector in recent years, changes that reflect two very different cultures that have existed in the world of capital formation and capital markets throughout history. The issue is, simply put, the ascendance of the culture of science (of instant measurement and quantification), over the culture of the humanities (of steady reason and rationality) in financial markets. Clash of the Cultures is John Bogle′s assortment of what he deems his "Sophie′s Choice" of speeches, guaranteed to excite, inspire, and motivate investors to rethink how they invest.

Why We Lost Faith in Wall Street - And What To Do
Investing is an act of faith, and Wall Street broke that faith with speculative greed. In the midst of a crisis of faith, what is an investor to do? Mr. Bogle shares indispensable advice for investing in the current economic climate, with resolute faith in the strength and resilience of the American economy.

Enough. True Measures of Money, Business, and Life
For a critical element of American society, including many of its wealthiest and most powerful, there seems to be no limit today on what "enough" entails. The excesses are most starkly visible in the continuing crisis in banking and investment, to say nothing of the billion-dollar-plus annual paychecks that top hedge-fund managers draw down and the excessive compensation paid to CEOs, regardless of performance. Mr. Bogle offers his unparalleled insights on money, on the values we should emulate in our business and professional callings, and on what we should consider as the true treasures in our lives. By explaining what "enough" truly is, he demonstrates how close everyone can be to having it.

Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group
Vanguard has grown to become the world′s largest no-load mutual fund organization and by far the world′s lowest-cost provider of financial services to independent investors. But far more than its unprecedented size and remarkable rate of growth, it is Vanguard′s concern for the rights of the independent investor that mark it as the most truly progressive company in the mutual fund industry." Character Counts presents Bogle at his most straightforward and unvarnished.

The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
In this speech Bogle talks about the failures of the American financial system and the grotesque abuses that have taken place in recent years. A zealous advocate for the small investor for more than fifty years, Bogle champions the restoration of integrity in industry practices. He tells the story of what went wrong but, more important, the story of why we lost our way and of how we can right our course.


Keynote Speech


John C. Bogle reflects on the lessons learned in a lifetime of integrity in finance. Talking of the reasons why others may not deal with such integrity, he says, “First of all, there's a lot of ego out there… we all think we're smarter than the other guy, we all think we're better, sometimes I think we all think we're better lovers, I don't know about that, but we're all average, and have to be… but then we have this massive marketing machine of paid salesmen who can always beat the index."

Talking of the capitalist system, he explains, “Capitalism is a very funny manifestation when you come to fiduciary matters… most systems, when it comes to a new idea for example, if you want to get it sold, you pay the salesman a great deal of money, you advertise a lot and you deliver 70 cents in the dollar or something like that. The investment business is really a business of mathematical candor, you can't hide…in the financial business value is one thing, dollars."

Explaining the philosophy behind Vanguard Group, he says, "I brought in another manager, then another, then another, so we have a lot of equity funds that have five managers…we win by about a point and a half a year not because we have better managers but because we have very low operating costs and we negotiate the fees right down with the advisers."

Speech