WHO WE ARE

With a global lineup of 1,250+ Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), we are committed to unlocking opportunity across markets to match the ambition of our investors large and small.1

AN INDUSTRY LEADER

iShares has been a leader in the ETF marketplace for more than two decades, and as a part of BlackRock, our products are engineered by investment professionals with discipline and deep risk management expertise.

20
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
121
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INVESTORS2
$2.5
GLOBAL AUM3

OUR HISTORY

Buoyed by a “never-finished” outlook, we’ve always focused on anticipating investor needs and innovating to stay head of new market realities.
  • 1973

    OUR BEGINNINGS

    Our predecessors at Wells Fargo pioneered the first index strategy. Their unit was later sold to Barclays which was then sold to BlackRock in 2009.4

  • 1996

    1st iSHARES ETF

    Our first 17 ETFs launched in 1996, including the first international ETFs with exposure to Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, making us one of the earliest ETF innovators.5

  • 2002

    A NEW WAY TO TRADE BONDS

    We launched the first bond ETFs, modernizing fixed income portfolios with low costs and deep liquidity.6

  • 2005

    1st iSHARES SUSTAINABLE ETFs

    We debuted sustainable ETFs, helping investors target Environmental, Social, and Governance-related priorities within their portfolios.7

  • 2017

    1st SUSTAINABLE FIXED INCOME ETFs

    We launched the first sustainable fixed income ETFs, offering investors multiple approaches to fixed income investing.8

  • 2019

    LAUNCH OF MEGATRENDS ETFs

    We created megatrend ETFs, offering investors access to companies focused on long-term innovation in industries including tech, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.9

  • 2021

    LARGEST ETF PROVIDER IN THE WORLD WITH OVER $2.5T AUM10

    We began 2021 responsible for managing the assets of over 100 million people around the world, just 50 years after introducing our first index fund and 25 years after our first ETF client. By the end of 2021, another 5 million people chose to invest in our iShares ETFs.11

MEET SOME OF THE BRAINS BEHIND iSHARES

The iShares team is a dynamic team of industry experts who keep an eye on micro and macro trends in investing.

Armando Senra

HEAR ABOUT INNOVATIONS IN iSHARES FROM ARMANDO

Armando Senra is Head of Americas iShares and serves as president of the iShares Board. Armando and his team focus on unlocking growth and innovation for iShares — from investing in sustainability to fixed income to new client segments.

Samara Cohen

LEARN ABOUT THE iSHARES APPROACH TO ETFs FROM SAMARA

Samara Cohen is the Chief Investment Officer of ETF and Index investments at BlackRock. She leads the teams responsible for delivering the market quality and investment integrity of iShares ETFs.

Gargi Pal Chaudhuri

TAP INTO iSHARES MARKET INSIGHTS WITH GARGI

Gargi and her team focus on delivering global macro thought leadership, investment insights and content to both retail and institutional clients of the firm.

Michael Lane

UNLOCK PORTFOLIO POTENTIAL WITH MICHAEL

Michael Lane is Head of iShares U.S. Wealth Advisory at BlackRock. Michael has partnered with financial advisors for over three decades to help advisors build better portfolios with core, fixed income, factor, and model-based ETFs.

Jay Jacob

BE IN THE KNOW ON EMERGING TRENDS WITH JAY

Jay Jacobs is the U.S. Head of Thematics and Active Equity ETFs and leads research and development of our Megatrends suite, unlocking opportunities across innovative trends including electric vehicles, blockchain, clean energy and more.