Largest Investment Firm in World

10 Largest Investment Management Companies

Here’s a look at the top asset management companies based on the number of funds (assets under management or AUM) under their control based on their most recently reported balance sheets.1 You may recognize some of these companies as among the largest financial institutions in the world.

Some companies may have much higher reported “assets under custody” which would include money still managed by clients themselves.

1. BlackRock

AUM: $6.84 trillion

BlackRock is not just the world’s largest asset manager, but one of the world’s largest financial institutions. The company was founded in 1988 and went public in 1999. The firm has been influential in advancing the growth of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), through its iShares products. iShares now comprise more than a quarter of BlackRock’s assets under management.2

2. The Vanguard Group

AUM: $6.2 trillion

Vanguard has become synonymous with the strategy of passive investing, in which money is placed in mutual funds designed to mirror the activity of specific indexes or the broader stock market. Vanguard boasts of low expense ratios for most of its funds. In addition to asset management, Vanguard offers brokerage services, financial planning, annuities, and other services.3

3. UBS Group

AUM: $3.26 trillion

UBS Group has four interdependent divisions that operate around the world. The Switzerland-based firm describes itself as the “only true global wealth manager.” About $2.3 trillion is tied up in wealth management versus $903 billion in asset management.4

4. State Street Global Advisors

AUM: $3.12 trillion

Boston-based State Street is the subsidiary of State Street Corporation. It manages investments for a wide range of institutional clients including non-profits, local governments, associations, and even educational groups.5

5. Fidelity

AUM: $3.2 trillion

Fidelity is an asset manager and a discount broker with more than 27 million customers. It offers an online platform for individual investors to buy and sell securities, and also manages entire portfolios on behalf of clients. In the summer of 2018, it made headlines when it began offering mutual funds with a zero expense ratio and minimum investment requirement.

6. Allianz

AUM: $2.36 trillion

This German firm is primarily an insurer but operates two asset management divisions: Allianz Global Advisors and PIMCO. By itself, PIMCO has $1.76 trillion under management, which is good enough to also land it on this list.78

7. JPMorgan Chase

AUM: $1.9 trillion

Most people think of J.P. Morgan Chase as an investment bank, but it has a robust asset management business and got $1.3 billion in assets moved from BlackRock as part of a new custody arrangement in 2017.9

8. Bank of New York Mellon

AUM: $1.9 trillion

The history of this company dates back to its founder, Alexander Hamilton—perhaps you’ve heard of him. More than 230 years later, BNY Mellon manages investments for individuals and investments in 35 countries.10

9. Capital Group

AUM: $1.8 trillion

This Los Angeles-based firm was founded all the way back in 1931, making it one of the oldest in the world. It offers more than 40 mutual funds through American Funds Distributors, which is its subsidiary.11

10. PIMCO

AUM: $1.76 trillion

As mentioned earlier, PIMCO is managed under the same company as Allianz. Although it was acquired by a German company, it is headquartered in California, and it continues to operate as an autonomous subsidiary of Allianz.

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