BlackRock is a global asset manager and provider of investment management, risk management and advisory services to individuals, financial professionals and institutions. Headquartered in New York and with over 70 offices in 30 countries, it manages assets for institutional and retail clients across equity, fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies.
As of 31 March 2015, BlackRock had $4.77T in assets under management.
BlackRock was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, Robert S. Kapito, Susan Wagner, Barbara Novick, Ben Golub, Hugh Frater, Ralph Schlosstein, and Keith Anderson to provide institutional clients with asset management services from a risk management perspective. Today, the firm has over 12,000 employees globally and manages more than 7,700 portfolios.