John Bogle

  • Born: May 8, 1929
  • Died: January 16, 2019
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John Bogle

Founder of the Vanguard Group and inventor of the index fund

John Bogle was the revolutionary financial professional who founded the Vanguard Group and invented the first index mutual fund. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by A friend   January 17, 2020



Happy Heavenly 90th birthday, Jack. You could have made billions, but you chose to make a difference. RIP. We'll continue to carry on with your mission.

Posted by Mel Lindauer - Daytona Beach Shores, FL   May 09, 2019

Dear Jack.........there is God and there is Jack Bogle......and there is family..........not much else matters...

You have made a significant change to the investment world.....and to my life.......

Thank you Jack. You will forever be in my memory....



Posted by Thomas LEIGL - Brownsville, WI   May 08, 2019

God Bless You St. Jack

Posted by James Cullinane - northport, NY   May 08, 2019

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Dear "Captain Jack",
Thanks for teaching me to navigate troubled waters and, more importantly, how to fish. Because you did, my family will never go hungry.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Posted by Richard Robbins - San Francisco, CA   January 30, 2019

Posted by Richard Robbins - San Francisco, CA   January 30, 2019

Thank you Jack, for having a vision of right and wrong and for choosing the righteous path in your dealings with investors all across America. I've learned from you that money doesn't mean much unless its attainment follows from virtues such as character, integrity, and moral purpose. We investors who have known you will continue your struggle on behalf of the Soul of Capitalism.

Posted by John Ulicny - Philadelphia, PA   January 28, 2019


The investment advice was and will always be priceless, thank you

Posted by Michael Crismani - Adelaide, HI - Acquaintance   January 28, 2019

Thank you for the signed Rose Book.
You could talk about a lot of things in addition to finance. Although you were the greatest advocate that the ordinary person had in the world of investments.
If I remember right it was you who warned me that something that I was doing investment wise was dangerous.
David Powell

Posted by David Powell - Arlington, VA   January 26, 2019

I come to join my voice to the thousands the world around who have lost a champion of fairness and equity. May your family make peace with your abscence and hopefully we can emulate the fortrightness for which you were renown in our dealings with our fellow man.
Rest in Peace Mr. Bogle.

Posted by Emmanuel Eguma - Vancouver, WA   January 25, 2019

To the Bogle family: Bless you for sharing John with us all these years. I was able to retire early and I spend every day with my 7 year old daughter because of the financial peace of mind and resources that Vanguard has afforded me. Your treasured family member is gone but his legacy lives on everyday in my home as we spend more time together due to his brilliance and hard work.

Warmest regards,Chad Turner (And Emily)Charlottesville, VA

Posted by Chad Turner - Charlottesville, VA   January 24, 2019

I will miss this fierce, brilliant man who gave the possibility of some wealth to the ordinary citizen. He walked the walk, and we all learned from his books and speeches about the virtues of low fees and retirement possibilities in the index fund.

He was kind,generous and willing to listen and share his ideas with any who approached him with genuine interest in his value system. His book, "Enough" gave straight talk about the ethical crisis in the financial sector.

I will always be grateful that I had a chance to get to know him, even though all too briefly.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan
Georgetown University Law Center

Posted by Emma Jordan - Washington, DC   January 23, 2019

Posted by Emma Coleman Jordan    January 23, 2019

Piease accept my hearfelt condollences
on the passing of your dear love one may God
Give you strength to
endure this most diffcult time in your
life. John 6:40

Posted by A friend   January 23, 2019

My sincere condolences on your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing the multitudes of lives he touched. It was a great pleasure and honor meeting him at the Boglehead conferences. There was always a smile on everyone's face when he'd enter the room.
His was a life well lived.

Posted by Ron Mason - NY   January 22, 2019

My condolences to the Bogle family upon your loss. Mr. John C. Bogle was a hero to me and so many others - a man who truly made a positive difference in the world. Rest in peace and thank you, Jack!

Posted by A friend   January 22, 2019


While some mutual fund founders chose to make billions, he chose to make a difference.

And lets not forget: Behind every great man is a great woman.

Posted by Taylor Larimore - Miami,, FL   January 22, 2019

Whenever I was with you, Jack, I knew I was walking in the shadow of greatness.The world has lost an irreplaceable giant and I've lost a friend and mentor. RIP Jack. The baton has been passed; we'll carry on your work.

Mel Lindauer, President
The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy & Bogleheads Leader

Posted by Mel Lindauer - Daytona Beach Shores, FL   January 22, 2019


My deepest condolences to the Bogel family. Praying that youll be filled with happy memories and surrounded by love.

Posted by Randall Pollock - Berwyn, PA - coworker   January 22, 2019

May you all find comfort in knowing the many lives John Bogle touched and influenced positively by his steadfastness to help others to grow their wealth and in putting shareholders and Vanguard crew ahead of himself. He was a selfless man and his advice and smile will be missed by so many.

Posted by Karen Nagy - Malvern, PA   January 22, 2019

I want to express my deepest sympathies to the Bogle family in the passing of Jack. He made an indelible impact in so many ways it can't be quantified. Jack was the eyes and ears for the average investors who didn't understand the financial world and the pit falls one could be subject too. Jack guided the small investor and recommended investing in index funds to keep costs down thus insuring your fair share from the market. Buy and Hold is eternal as Jack would always recommend. His wisdom and advice was superlative. Mr Bogle was and always will be one the most influential and important men advising small investors how to invest on Wall St. Jack you were a role model a confidante and a great humanitarian and the world was a better place because of you.

Posted by Bob McWatters - Somerville, MA   January 21, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family of John C. Bogle. His loss is devastating to the many people whose lives he touched. Thank you for sharing this great man; your husband, father, and grandfather, with the world. He educated millions in how to prudently invest in the index fund, to give the the small investor, "A fair shake," by first making the index fund available to the small investor. With his passing, so many people are sad, and he is missed all ready. I take comfort knowing his legacy will live on in his family, and the speeches, books, and recorded interviews that he shared with the world. May he rest in everlasting peace. God bless John Bogle, and his family.


Kathleen Ryan

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2019


Sorry to hear of the loss

Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   January 21, 2019

Mr. Bogle, thank you for taking a chance.

Posted by Mary Anonymity us - Malvern, PA   January 20, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Mr. Bogle personally, but knew of him through my beloved dad, who believed so much in Vanguard's style of investing and help for the average investor. Dad told me about Vanguard when it was a young company, and I have followed their principles ever since.
I lost my dad 10 years ago and still miss him. I hold on to the happy memories and the lessons he taught me: work hard, invest smartly, help others, be happy. Your husband/dad/ grandpa was a shining example who helped so many and taught the same. I wish you happy memories and peace.

Posted by Mary L - Homer Glen, IL   January 20, 2019

Was a great guy! While working evening shift in the early years of Vanguard,we would chat for hours in his office about ordinary topics.

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2019

Mr Bogle was the rock star of the financial world for my husband&myself. My spouse died suddenly on Dec 31 2015. One of the most exciting moments we had was meeting our financial advisor(Jim) to inform us we could retire in Jan 2012. We had the pleasure of a wonderful interaction with Mr Bogle in private meeting in Jan 2013. Fred retired 04/06/2013/I retired 05/07/2014. It was all possible due to Mr. Bogle. My spouse started investing with Vanguard in 1975. We were poor but hearty in spirit due Mr. Bogle's philosophy even the common man can achieve financial goals. God bless Mr. Bogle his wife& family. All of you thank you for the generosity of sharing your beloved spouse/father with the world. He truly made a tremendous difference in the lives of many Americans. Love blessings&peaceful grace to all of you. Mary Joan Pope and Frederick Brenner Pope III.

Posted by Mary/Frederick Pope - Doylestown, PA   January 20, 2019


John C Bogle is now advising God on his finances

Posted by Constable Eric Bradway - Gladwyne, PA   January 20, 2019


Mr. Bogel,
I always followed your advice and am so thankful that I did. You inspired so
many people. Your legacy will not be forgotten, it will live on.

Posted by Vidyut Patel - Egg Harbor Township, NJ   January 20, 2019


I have much respect for John Bogle in allowing average investors to participate in the bond and equity markets with low expenses. Forever grateful to him. May your family and friends be comforted in knowing how many people you have helped.

Posted by Denise Roberts - Royersford, PA   January 20, 2019

Mr. Bogle's most memorable investing advice, for me, had to be how he turned an impulse into an advantage. To wit, instead of panicking during an abrupt stock market downturn, or crash, where one might be prone to sell everything ("Don't just stand there, do something!!),
he âme up with this Bogle Pearl: "Don't just do something, STAND THERE".
Priceless Advice!!!

Posted by JOEL PORTER, M.D. - CHERRY HILL, NJ   January 19, 2019

My Condolences to the Family of a Great American that did more than all people combined to fight for the rights of the Small Shareholders of Mega Corporations for that alone John Bogle should be Nominated for Sainthood . John Jr was a friend of mine at Gladwyne Elementary School and was in my Cub Scout Pack where my Mother was The Den Mother . Mrs Bogle thank you very much for sharing Mr Bogle with the World of Investors . God Speed John C. Bogle , Constable Eric Bradway

Posted by Constable Eric Bradway - Gladwyne, PA   January 19, 2019

John Bogle was my financial hero....he will be greatly missed in today's turbulent world as a seasoned voice of reason. Stay the course, Jack! Bill Swartz

Posted by William Swartz - Mechanicsburg, PA   January 19, 2019

My deepest condolences goes out to the Bogle family. I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace Mr. Bogle, you're legacy will never be forgotten.

Posted by Grace Gilmore - Middletown, DE   January 19, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Posted by A friend   January 19, 2019

In deepest sympathy. I really enjoyed your family 1974-1984 Dr. John Reimer Office.You are in many thoughts

Posted by Susan Ostrowski - Ocean Pines, MD   January 18, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Bogle family. This gentleman was admirable in so many different ways. I can say, without hesitation, this man was a hero to me. RIP Mr. Bogle and thank you for all you contributions to so many.

Posted by William Synan - NJ   January 18, 2019

To the Bogel family,
My deepest condolences.
He was such an inspiration and a lovely gentleman.
~ Nutan Patel

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2019

May his family and firm be consoled with the assurance that his American hero has done a lifetime of great service to the field of personal and corporate investing. His founded company has made my life most profitable and I have spread his message to others. Thank you, Uncle Jack, for your life's work.

Posted by Daniel Lynch - Iselin, NJ   January 18, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember your family with great fondness.

Posted by Shirley Frldman - Scottsdale, AZ   January 18, 2019

My heartfelt sympathies to your family. May you look to God for comfort to help you endure this great time of sadness and pain. Our loved ones who pass away are precious in God's eyes.
John 6:40

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2019

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