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John Bogle

author Image John C. Bogle is the founder of the Vanguard Group of mutual funds and president of its Bogle Financial Markets Research Center.

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Company: The Vanguard Group

Area of Expertise: Mutual funds

Web Site: www.vanguard.com

Books: "Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor;" "John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years;" "Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group;" "Battle for the Soul of Capitalism;" "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing;" "Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life;" "Common Sense on Mutual Funds;" "Don’t Count On It! Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, 'Mutual' Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, and Heroes;" "Clash of the Cultures: Invesment vs. Speculation"


John C. Bogle is founder of The Vanguard Group 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 as 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.

Vanguard is the largest mutual fund organization in the world. Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Vanguard comprises approximately 170 mutual funds with current assets totaling more than $2 trillion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX), the largest fund in the group, was founded by Bogle in 1975. It was the first index mutual fund.

In 2004, Time magazine named 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 Universityfor “distinguished achievement in the Nation’s service.”

Bogle resides in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eve. They are the parents of six children and the grandparents of 12.

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  1. Portfolio Strategies »

    Six Questions With John Bogle

    The founder of Vanguard explains how investors can maximize long-term wealth and gives advice for how to get grandchildren interested in investing.

    March 2016 | Journal

  2. Mutual Funds »

    Common Investor Mistakes and Other Investing Insights

    In the second part of our interview with John Bogle, he discusses how investors commonly put too much emphasis on past performance. Plus, he offers his views on high-frequency trading.

    July 2014 | Journal

  3. Mutual Funds »

    Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds

    Index investors, in aggregate, are likely to realize higher returns because of lower costs and the effect of reversion to the mean on active strategies.

    June 2014 | Journal

  4. Mutual Funds »

    "Enhanced" Index Funds: Can They Beat the Market?

    A skeptical look at the new breed of "indexers" who focus on weighting portfolios by fundamental factors, such as dividends and cash flows, rather than market capitalizations.

    May 2007 | Journal