“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”
Early life and education
Schwab was born in Sacramento, California. He attended Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, California and was captain of the golf team. He attended pre-college school at Holy Rosary Academy inWoodland, California. Schwab graduated from Stanford University in 1959 with a B.A. in Economics. In 1961, he graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA. Schwab is a knight of the Sigma Nufraternity.
In 1963, Chuck Schwab and two other 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. In November of that year, Schwab and four others purchased all the stock from Commander Industries, Inc. In 1972, Schwab bought all the stock from what was once Commander Industries. In 1973, the company name changed toCharles Schwab & Co., Inc. In September 1975, Schwab opened its first branch in Sacramento, California, after offering discount brokerage from May 1, 1975.
In 1977, Schwab began offering seminars to clients. By 1978, the company had 45,000 client accounts total, and the number grew to 84,000 in 1979. In 1980 Schwab established the industry’s first 24-hour quotation service, and the total of client accounts grew to 147,000. In 1981 Schwab became a member of the NYSE, and the total of client accounts grew to 222,000. In 1982, Schwab became the first firm to offer 24/7 order entry and quote service. It opened its first international office in Hong Kong, and the number of client accounts totaled 374,000.
The company serves 8.2 million client brokerage accounts, with $1.65 trillion in assets (as of September 2011), from over 300 offices in the U.S., one office in Puerto Rico, one branch in London, and one branch in Hong Kong. Clients can access services online and by telephone.