Franklin Templeton

Office address: Franklin Resources, Inc., One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906 USA
Year established: 1947
Company type: investment firm, lender, financial services provider
Employees: over 9,000 worldwide
Expertise: investments
Parent company: Franklin Resources, Inc.
CEO and key people: Jenny Johnson, President and CEO
Financing status: corporate backed or acquired

Franklin Templeton is a global investment management firm with over $1.4 trillion in assets under management. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in San Mateo, California. Franklin Templeton offers a wide range of investment products and services, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and private equity.

History of Franklin Templeton

Franklin Templeton was founded in 1947 by Rupert H. Johnson, Sr. He named it after one of the United States’ founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin (his iconic image appears on the American hundred-dollar bill). Fun fact: Franklin Templeton’s NYSE ticker symbol is BEN.

The firm added the name “Templeton” after it acquired Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger in 1992.

From its humble beginnings in New York 75 years ago, Franklin Templeton now has offices in over 30 countries.

Products and Services of Franklin Templeton

Franklin Templeton offers a wide range of investment products and services, including:

  • mutual funds
  • ETFs (exchange traded funds)
  • private equity
  • other services: asset allocation, retirement planning, and investment consulting

Culture at Franklin Templeton

Franklin Templeton describes its growth throughout the years in two words: looking forward. They are known for innovating and adapting to deliver the best products and services for their clients. Its focus on the individuals and institutions it serves is unwavering.

The company is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives among its workforce. Franklin Templeton created a global D&I strategy in 2020, including D&I goals. The company’s leadership were made accountable for meeting these goals.

In recognition of its efforts to make the workplace inclusive, Franklin Templeton received the top score in the Disability Equality Index (DEI) in 2023.

About Franklin Templeton President and CEO Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson became the President and CEO of Franklin Templeton in 2020. She joined the company in 1988 and has held leadership roles in the investment management, distribution, technology, operations and wealth management divisions. She led the company in several high-profile acquisitions, including Legg Mason, O’Shaunessy Asset Management, and Putnam, all within a three-year span.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Future at Franklin Templeton

The company has a strong track record of innovation and is committed to providing its clients with the best possible investment solutions. Franklin Templeton is also committed to corporate social responsibility and is working to make a positive impact on the world.


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