Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kansas City Says 'So Long Jim Stowers.'



Report of today's Kansas City Biz Legend passing . . .

Kansas City Biz Journal . . .

James Stowers Jr., a prominent philanthropist and founder of Kansas City-based American Century Investments, died of natural causes on Monday at the age of 90. Stowers founded American Century in 1958 in a one-bedroom apartment in Kansas City, with $100,000 from 24 investors. Today, American Century has about $141 billion in assets under management and employs 1,300 professionals around the globe.

The Kansas City success story is unprecedented and sadly part of a long-ago era.

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

And a fine American Century it was!

Anonymous said...

Met the man a few times when I worked there years ago, good person, not too uppity to truly talk to the worker bees. Thanks for all you did for this city.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with his stances on stem cell research, but different views on issues does not detract from the accomplishments of his life. The Kansas City region has sufferered a loss. The loss of Mr. Kauffman and Mr. Stowers have shaken the foundations of Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

edit ---- Mr. Kemper* not Kauffman.

Anonymous said...

Edit --- Stowers, Kemper, Adele Hall, Paul Bartlett, Richard Bloch, Walt Hiersteiner AND Ewing Kauffman.

Sadly, with this, our local greatest generation, very few of the next generation have stepped-up.

The Berkley family are an exception.

Anonymous said...

Talent stagnates when the gene pool is tiny. Just ask the hapsburgs

Anonymous said...

5:36 - wow the old guard is going fast

Anonymous said...

Jim Stowers was the most generous philanthropist the city has ever known. His legacy will live on through his vision for a better tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Jim Stowers was a great and honorable man and a well meaning philanthropist. Rest in heaven. This is really sad news.

Anonymous said...

I wish he'd taken better care of himself.

Anonymous said...

Tipsters say he was killed by the streetcar.

SAVE OUR OLD BUSINESSMEN. STOP THE TOY TRAIN BOONDGOGGLE BOONDOGGLE BOONDOGGLE BOONDOGGLE BOONDOGGLE TOY!

Anonymous said...

SALUTE to Mr. Stowers!

One of the ULTRA good guys.