Vanguard pioneered the concept of indexing, introducing the first retail index fund in the US in 1976. Since then, The Vanguard Group has grown into one of the world’s largest and most respected investment management companies. Vanguard now has global presence with offices in the US, Australia, Asia and Europe. Vanguard in Australia has been helping investors meet their long-term financial goals with low-cost indexing solutions.

1975

The Vanguard Group began operations in the US with John C Bogle at the helm.

1976

Vanguard® 500 Index Fund opens–the first index mutual fund available to individual investors in the US.

1982

John J Brennan joins Vanguard. He goes on to become the chairman and CEO of The Vanguard Group.

1986

The Vanguard Group launches the first bond index fund for individual investors in the US.

1990

Vanguard introduces the first international stock index funds.

1996

Jeremy G Duffield establishes Vanguard's Australian office. Launch of Vanguard's Index Funds to wholesale clients.

1998

The Australian office launches Vanguard® Investor Index Funds for retail investors and Vanguard Pooled Superannuation® Trusts.

2000

The Vanguard Group opens its Tokyo office.

2001

Launch of the Vanguard® Pooled Superannuation Plan in Australia.

2003

The Vanguard Group opens its Singapore office.

2004

Vanguard becomes the first fund manager in Australia to report after-tax returns.

2005

Hon. Mr. Peter Costello, MP treasurer and deputy leader of the Liberal Party and Vanguard Group CEO and Chairman John J Brennan officially open Vanguard's new Asia Pacific headquarters in Southbank, Melbourne.

2006

Vanguard celebrates 10 years in Australia.

2007

Vanguard Australian funds under management reach $78bn in October. Vanguard launches new products in Australia, including Vanguard® Personal Pension Plan, Vanguard® International Small Companies, Vanguard® Global Infrastructure and the Vanguard® Cash Reserve Fund.

2008

The Vanguard Group opens a representative office in London, UK.
Vanguard launches the Vanguard® Government Bond Fund in December in Australia.
F William McNabb III becomes CEO of The Vanguard Group.

2009

Launched its latest international business, Vanguard Investments UK, Ltd.

2009

Vanguard launches a range of exchange-traded funds for Australian investors in May.
Bill McNabb becomes chairman of The Vanguard Group.

2010

John James is appointed managing director for Vanguard Investments Australia, leading both the retail and institutional investors.

2011

The Vanguard Group open its office in Canada.

2015

Vanguard Group surpasses $USD 3.3 trillion in global assets under management (AUM).
Vanguard Australia surpasses $70 billion in total AUM and $3 billion in ETF net assets.

The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Key facts*

  • Founded 1975
  • Total assets under management
    $5.6 trillion (AUD)
  • Funds offered
    180 in the US, and 190 funds in markets outside the US
  • Ownership
    Client-owned**
  • Headquarters
    Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Chairman and CEO
    F. William McNabb III
  • Number of employees
    More than 15,000 worldwide

* Data as at 31 March 2017.
** The Vanguard Group, Inc. is owned by its US-domiciled funds, which are owned by their shareholders.