Charles R. Schwab Bio, Age, Wife(s), Net worth, Quotes, Career, and Philanthropy.

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Charles R. Schwab Biography

Charles R.Schwab is an American prominent investor, philanthropist, and financial executive. He is the founder and chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Starting in 1975, Charles pioneered discount sales of equity securities. As a result, his company became by far the largest discount securities dealer in the United States.

In 2008, he retired as CEO but remains chairman and is the largest shareholder. Forbes estimated his net worth to be $8.2 billion, as of February 2017, making him 76th richest man on the Forbes 400.


Born Charles Robert Schwab on July 29, 1937, in Sacramento, California, U.S. He is 85 years old as of 2022.

Charles R.Schwab Spouse(s)

He has been married twice. Schwab first married Susan Cotter Schwab, they later divorced in the 1970s. Then, Charles remarried Helen O’Neill.

Charles R.Schwab Net Worth

Schwab has a net worth of $8.6 billion dollars as of 2023.

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Charles R.Schwab Quotes

  • Don’t limit investing in the financial world. Invest something of yourself, and you will be richly rewarded.
  • I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.

  • There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person the incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. . . . I have yet to find a person, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.

  • The best place to succeed is where you are with what you’ve got.

  • One can succeed at almost anything for which he has enthusiasm.

  • Three men were laying brick. The first was asked: ” What are you doing? He answered: ” Laying some brick.” The second man was asked: ” What are you working for? ” He answered: ” Five dollars a day.” Also, the third man was asked: ” What are you doing? And he answered: ” I am helping to build a great cathedral.” Which man are you?

  • We are all salesmen every day of our lives. We are selling our ideas, our plans, our enthusiasms to those with whom we come in contact.

  • Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Focus on strengths and what you enjoy.

Background and education

Schwab was born in Sacramento, California. He is the son of Terrie and Lloyd Schwab. Schwab attended Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, California, and was captain of the golf team. Furthermore, Schwab attended pre-college school at Holy Rosary Academy in Woodland, California.

In 1959, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Later, in 1961  he graduated with a Master of Business Administration. Besides, Schwab is a knight of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

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Charles Schwab

Investment career

In 1963 Charles along with other three partners launched Investment Indicator, an investment newsletter. At its height, the newsletter had 3,000 subscribers, each paying $84 a year to subscribe.

In April 1971, the firm incorporated in California as First Commander Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commander Industries, Inc., to offer traditional brokerage services and publish the Schwab investment newsletter. Later, in 1972, Schwab bought all the stock from what was once Commander Industries.

Charles Schwab & Co

First Commander changed its name to Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. in 1973. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission deregulated the securities industry, a decisive turning point came in 1975. Thus freeing companies to charge any fees they wanted.

Although Schwab had long complained that the established firms showed little concern for the needs of their customers: in those times securities were not bought by consumers, they were sold by salesmen, who made higher commissions and profits by selling riskier securities regardless of possible disadvantages to the consumers.

He set up a series of radically different policies. First, charges to consumers were cut in half. Second, salesmen were (and still are today) paid hourly salaries, rather than commissions on the total sale price. Third, Schwab refused to offer any advice to customers.

It also set up a toll-free number to take orders nationwide and later set up a 24/7 telephone system. Hence allowing customers to place orders from anywhere, at any time.

Investment philosophy

In 2014, Schwab denounced the rise from 50,000 to 300,000 per second in the number of trade inquiries from 2007 to 2013. He warned that this high-speed trading is “growing cancer” that threatens to destroy fairness in markets.”Therefore, he wants these practices either taxed or made illegal.

Wealth and philanthropy

Schwab as of February 2017 is worth $8.2 billion according to Forbes. The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation was formed in 1987. In 2013 it reported assets of $270 million and made $13 million in grants. Currently, he serves as its chairman; his wife is the president.