Charles R. Schwab is founder and chairman of The Charles Schwab Corporation, which was launched in 1971 as a traditional brokerage company and in 1974 became a pioneer in the discount brokerage business. Today, the company is one of the nation's largest financial services firms. Schwab provides a full-service investing experience to clients through domestic offices, the Internet, and multilingual and international offices.
Mr. Schwab is chairman of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, a private foundation. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations identified and selected by the foundation's board and executive staff based on years of partnership with providers who bring a deep knowledge of their community and a strong commitment to improving lives.
Mr. Schwab is also chairman of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Schwab was born in Sacramento in 1937. He is a graduate of Stanford University, earning a B.A. in economics in 1959 and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1961. A father of five children, Mr. Schwab resides with his wife, Helen, in the San Francisco Bay Area.