To grow from a one-room office to a global firm that manages trillions of dollars in less than 28 years, it takes more than intelligence and an unprecedented work ethic. Take a look at how we got here, and how we are built for these times.

Who is BlackRock?

BlackRock’s business is investing, and we are committed to making a difference in the lives of the parents and grandparents, the doctors and teachers who entrust us with their savings. That’s why BlackRock works only for our clients – period. That’s why we have built our world-class capabilities around our clients’ greatest needs. And that’s why we have embraced a new standard of fact-based investing that is used by many of the world’s biggest companies and investors in these challenging times.


Founded 28 Years Ago…
BlackRock was founded by eight partners in a one-room office in New York in 1988.

… And Growing
We have grown our revenue 15 out of the last 16 years.

How Does BlackRock Deliver Performance?

We are passionate about our work and intensely focused on performing at the highest levels. To get there, we strive to outthink and outwork competitors and find the best balance of risk and return across all investment styles on behalf of our investors.

Through Us, Our Clients Invest In

  • Alternatives
  • Bonds
  • ETFs
  • Multi-Asset Strategies
  • Mutual & Index Funds
  • Stocks

[Source: BlackRock 2015 Annual Report]

To help guide clients through financial challenges, BlackRock also provides technology, risk-management, and advisory services through BlackRock Solutions®.

Above the Norm


Investment teams at BlackRock.


Portfolios managed.
A Culture of Rigorous Information Sharing


4x per week
Daily global meetings where all BlackRock’s investment teams exchange ideas and critical market information.
BlackRock Investment Institute.
BlackRock’s brightest investment minds hold academic-style debates to help deliver positive investment results for our clients.


Innovation with ETFs
BlackRock’s iShares® helped bring ETFs from an idea to a trillion-dollar industry and is now the world’s leading ETF provider with $1.07 Trillion assets under management.
[Source: BlackRock Investment Institute, Morningstar, as of 2015.  Based on number of ETFs, AUM, and market share.]


Clients of all types come to BlackRock, from individual investors—parents and grandparents, doctors and teachers—to the largest institutional clients—pensions, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds, as well as companies and governments facing significant financial challenges.

We Partner with, among others:

  • Freddie Mac
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley

We’ve Advised in Challenging Times:

  • AIG
  • Bank of Greece
  • Central Bank of Ireland
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Her Majesty’s Treasury

We Work For:

  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Firefighters and Teachers
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Foundations
  • Pension Funds
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
Clients In Good Company
Many of the largest organizations depend on us.


89 of the FORTUNE 100 largest companies.


91% of the largest U.S. retirement plans.


15 of the 25 largest U.S. endowments and foundations.


22 of the top 25 insurers globally.
We also work closely with financial advisors and their firms in the U.S. and around the globe.

Where Can You Find BlackRock At Work?

The unrivaled breadth of our global platform—with more than 10,500 “feet on the street” in 6 continents—gives us better information and sharper insight into today’s rapidly changing and interconnected markets. And our ability to share and compare the information across teams and time zones helps us translate local insight in on part of the world into foresight—and action—in another. It’s part of what makes our people—and our clients—better, smarter investors

[Source: BlackRock 2015 Annual Report]

U.S. – New York
Brought in to help the U.S. Government manage billions in toxic assets from collapsed Wall Street firms.

Called on by central banks in Greece and Ireland for guidance in the midst of the European debt crisis.

Asia – Japan
Mobilized on the ground to gauge risks for clients after earthquakes and tsunamis struck Japan in 2011.


And On Behalf of Clients In Boardrooms Everywhere


15,000+ companies where we vote our client’s shares.


2,500+ Companies where we own more than
5% on behalf of our clients.
A Culture of Rigorous Information Sharing
BlackRock Investment Institute. BlackRock’s brightest investment minds hold academic-style debates to help deliver positive investment results for our clients.

BlackRock’s Lifeblood: Our People And Technology

Continuous innovation helps us bring the best of BlackRock to our clients. Not only do we attract the brightest minds, but we’ve also developed one of the best technology platform in the industry. We believe innovation and execution go hand in hand—along with speed and nimbleness—and the right people to put smart ideas into action. It’s all about making sure the best of our many parts work together so that we can help clients tackle their biggest and most complex challenges.

Meet Our People

We are One BlackRock. We challenge ourselves—and each other—to collectively raise our game. Diversity strengthens us; our best solutions come from the contributions of a group of talented and smart people, each playing a unique—and critical—role.


27% of employees have a Master’s, MBA, or PhD


1 in 16 employees is a CFA charterholder


12,300 Employees worldwide.
[Source: BlackRock 2015 Annual Report]


47% Employees based outside the U.S.

[Source: BlackRock 2015 Annual Report]


BlackRock speaks more than 45 languages
BlackRock parle plus de 45 langues
Blackrock habla más de 45 idiomas
BlackRock parlapiù di 45 lingue


BlackRock employs a diverse set of talented people
2/3 majored in something other than finance, economics, or business. Including: Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, History, English, Political Science, Psychology, Physics.Read More About Our Diversity At BlackRock.comRead More About BlackRock’s Employee Networks

Meet Aladdin®

Aladdin is BlackRock’s central nervous system—uniting all the information, people and technology needed to manage money in real time. It’s the platform that powers the collective intelligence of our people around the globe—helping us see clearer, work smarter, and make better decisions. And Aladdin is always evolving and improving, and is emerging as one of BlackRock’s fastest growing businesses. No other system manages more money. BlackRock wouldn’t be BlackRock without it.

Collective Intelligence

Aladdin Stats


25 Million lines of code powering the Aladdin platform


 3,000 active risk factors monitored daily, from interest rates to currencies.
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