Schroders plc is a British multinational asset management company, founded in 1804. The company employs over 5,000 people worldwide in 32 locations around Europe, America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Headquartered in the City of London, it is traded on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
|Type||Public limited company|
FTSE 100 Component
|Founder||Johann Heinrich Schröder|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Revenue||£2,537.0 million (2019)|
|£701.2 million (2019)|
|£495.7 million (2019)|
|AUM||£500.2 billion (2019)|
Number of employees
Schroders bears the name of the Schröder family, a prominent Hanseatic family of Hamburg with branches in other countries. The Schroder family, through trustee companies, individual ownership and charities, control 47.93 per cent of the company's ordinary shares.
Schroders' history began in 1804 when Johann Heinrich Schröder (John Henry) became a partner in the London-based firm of his brother, Johann Friedrich (John Frederick). In 1818 J. Henry Schröder & Co. was established in London.
Key events in the development of the business include the establishment of J Henry Schroder Banking Corporation ('Schrobanco') as a commercial bank in New York in 1923, the public offering of the shares in J. Henry Schroder & Co. Ltd on the London Stock Exchange in 1959 and the acquisition of Helbert, Wagg & Co, a leading issuing house, in 1962.
In 1986 the company disposed of Schrobanco, its commercial banking arm in New York and acquired 50% of Wertheim & Co., a mid-tier New York based investment bank, whose activities more closely mirrored those of the London business.
Schroders played a leading role in the privatisations carried out by the UK Government in the 1980s and was to grow dramatically under Winfried Bischoff. Schroders was worth £30 million when he took over as CEO in 1984: yet in 2000 the company sold its investment banking division to Citigroup for £1.3 billion. Citigroup's European investment banking arm traded as Schroder Salomon Smith Barney from 2000 to 2003.
As at 31 December 2019, Schroders was responsible for assets worth £500.2 billion on behalf of clients including corporations, insurance companies, local and public authorities, charities, pension funds, high-net-worth individuals and retail investors.
Collaboration with universitiesEdit
In June 2014, Schroders' Multi-Asset Investments and Portfolio Solutions (MAPS) announced a collaboration with Professor Anthony G. Constantinides, Director of the newly created Imperial College Financial signal processing Laboratory (FSP). 
Notable current and former employeesEdit
- Geoffrey Bell – chairman of Guinness Mahon (1987–1993) and founder of the Group of Thirty
- Winfried Bischoff – chairman of Lloyds Banking Group (2009–2014)
- Andrew Knight – editor of The Economist (1974–1986)
Politics and public serviceEdit
- David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie – Lord Chamberlain (1984–1997)
- Gordon Richardson – governor of the Bank of England (1973–1983)
- James Wolfensohn – president of the World Bank (1995–2005)
- Sir John Henry Bremridge KBE, JP, MA – financial secretary of Hong Kong (1981–1986). Sir John Henry Bremridge served as a non-executive director of Schroders plc.
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