Our history

A legacy of putting clients first

In 1894, John Tappan founded Ameriprise Financial with a singular vision -- to help ordinary Americans achieve their goals. For 125 years, we have remained committed to putting clients' needs first, always. 

The strength of this commitment is matched only by our strength as a company. Over the years, we've helped millions of people invest billions of dollars so they may pursue what's important to them. Our approximately 10,000 financial advisors1 work with clients one-to-one to deliver personalized financial advice to help them achieve their goals, today and tomorrow, through our Confident Retirement® approach. 

As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to putting clients first, helping to ensure they’re able to meet their financial goals for the next 125 years.  

A tradition of commitment since 1894

Through downturns, recessions, booms, the Great Depression and the Great Recession, we have honored every financial obligation we make to our clients. Today, Ameriprise Financial is a longstanding leader in financial planning and advice, with a rich tradition of giving back to the communities where our clients live and thrive.