The Motley Fool’s purpose is: To help the world invest. Better.
Founded in the United States in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world’s greatest investment community. The company’s name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king—without getting their heads lopped off.
Our Core Values
- Collaborative – Do great things together.
- Innovative – Search for a better solution. Then top it!
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Our name is in homage to the one character in Shakespearean literature—the court jester—who could speak the truth to the king and queen without having his head lopped off. (“A fool, a fool, I met a fool i’ the forest, a motley fool,” says Jacques in Act II, scene VII of As You Like It.) The Fools of yore weren’t simply stand-up comics sporting belled jester caps — they entertained the court with humor that instructed as it amused. More importantly, the Fool was never afraid to question conventional wisdom, particularly when popular thought was detrimental to the kingdom’s people.
What We Do
The Motley Fool GmbH (fool.de) offers generalized stock market and investing commentary and advice, showing people how to take control of their money and make better financial decisions.
The Motley Fool, through Fool.de, as well as our U.S., U.K., Canadian, Singaporean, and Australian businesses, reaches millions of people each month through our websites, books, newspaper columns, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services. The Motley Fool champions shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor.
Our products and services—whether free or fee-based, online or offline — are designed to help people take control of their financial lives. Our offerings include:
Whether it’s analyzing the latest quarterly earnings reports or helping investors find the next home run stock, the Fool’s award-winning U.S. website publishes hundreds of articles each week. Fool.com offers news, analysis, and commentary through wide-ranging distribution partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and many others.
The Fool’s U.S. operations, once called an “ethical oasis” by The Economist, offer a variety of premium subscription membership services, tailored to different market strategies and different levels of investor sophistication.
Launched in 1998, fool.co.uk is one of the UK’s most popular financial websites. This wholly owned subsidiary of The Motley Fool has also published several books, including three editions of the best-selling Motley Fool UK Investment Guide.
The Motley Fool Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 146 988 052, ABN 83 146 988 052, AFSL 400691) launched its website, fool.com.au, in 2011, and offers a suite of subscription newsletter services aimed at the Australian individual investor. We write specifically for Australians, with the sole intention of helping Australians take control of their financial destiny (you may be sensing a theme here …)
The Motley Fool Canada ULC launched its website, fool.ca, in 2012, and its inaugural Canadian-focused subscription newsletter service, Stock Advisor Canada, in 2013. We write specifically for Canadians, and we cover both the Canadian and U.S. markets with the sole intention of helping Canadians take control of their financial destiny.
The Motley Fool Singapore launched its website, fool.sg, in 2012. The site covers both the Singapore and U.S. markets, offering stock market and investing commentary and analysis aimed at helping people take control of their financial future.
Who We Are
Despite our quirky name, we are a proper, grown-up company. Headed by CEO & Co-Chairman Tom Gardner and Co-Founder & Co-Chairman David Gardner, The Motley Fool has a deep and experienced executive management team, and board of directors.
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