Through our long history, BBH has navigated every challenge of the global economy—boom and bust, recessions and depressions, inflation and deflation, war and peace. Our legacy is one of agility, resilience, creativity, and a singular focus on service.
The story of BBH also mirrors the financial history of the United States, where mercantile enterprises evolved into America’s first financial services firms and eventually into today’s diversified global financial institutions.
We are proud of our history and the perspective it offers—the generations of BBHers, and their families, who contribute to what we are today, the continuity of service to clients we have collaborated with for decades, and even centuries, and the innovations large and small that changed the face of financial services. As we reflect on more than 200 years of continuous operations, there are also aspects of our history that we are not proud of and reflect on with deep regret, among them Brown Brothers & Co.’s active participation in the global cotton trade of the early 19th century that relied on the abhorrent practice of slavery and in U.S. foreign policy of “Dollar Diplomacy” in the early 20th century.
We are a living, evolving organization, deeply introspective and ethical. We believe in learning from the past, living in the present, and preparing for the future. Indeed, the BBH story is still being written every day by nearly 6,000 BBHers across the globe. Discover the leaders, strategies, events, and innovations that have shaped our firm and our world over the last 200 years.