John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group, assess governance practices at public corporations and how they affect the underlying value of a firm's equity.
He also discusses if the "free market" has corroded "moral character" and how the recent structural changes in the character of the financial and capital institutions have contributed to the current financial crisis.
John Bogle created Vanguard in 1974 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 1996 and Senior Chairman until 2000. The Vanguard Group is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world. Vanguard comprises more than 120 mutual funds with current assets totaling more than $1 trillion.
Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the largest fund in the group, was founded by Mr. Bogle in 1975. It was the first index mutual fund.
In 2004, TIME magazine named Mr. Bogle as one of the world's 100 most powerful and influential people. In 1999, Fortune designated him as one of the investment industry's four "Giants of the 20th Century." Mr. Bogle is a best-selling author beginning with Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor (1993); Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor (1999); John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years (2000); Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group (2002); Battle for the Soul of Capitalism (2005); and The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (2007).
His seventh book Enough: The True Measures of Money, Business, and Life published by John Wiley and Sons was released in November 2008. Mr. Bogle graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude in Economics.