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John C. van Eck, CFA, Founder

John C. van Eck, CFA

John C. van Eck, CFA

Founder, Van Eck Associates Corporation

Founder, Van Eck Securities Corporation

Founder, VanEck Funds Corporation


  • Press Release Honoring Founder [1915-2014]
  • A well-known pioneer of international and gold investments
  • Founded International Investors Incorporated in 1955 to provide a convenient investment vehicle for Americans to invest in foreign growth stocks
  • Concluding that worldwide inflation would lead to gold mines offering better growth prospects than industrial and financial investments, Mr. van Eck moved the bulk of the portfolio into gold-mining shares in 1968 in time to participate in the great gold bull market of the 1970s
  • MBA, Harvard University; BA, Williams College


Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

Corporate Management Committee

CEO and Director of Van Eck Associates Corporation

Director and President, Van Eck Securities Corporation

Director and President, Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation

President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, VanEck Vectors ETF Trust


  • Joined VanEck in 1992.
  • Has created a variety of international, emerging markets and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and alternative investment formats.
  • 2013 Finalist for Fund Leader of the Year, Institutional Investor's Mutual Fund Industry Awards.
  • From 1994 to 1998, established a fund management joint venture with Shenyin Wanguo Securities, one of the largest securities firms in China.
  • Fellowship at The Council of Institutional Investors, focusing on shareholder rights, 1990.
  • JD, Stanford University, 1991; BA (Phi Beta Kappa), Economics, Williams College, 1985.

Derek S. van Eck, CFA
Derek S. van Eck, CFA

Derek S. van Eck, CFA

Derek van Eck, Principal and Director of Van Eck Associates Corporation, passed away on September 30, 2010; he was 46 years old.

Principal, Director and Chief Investment Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation

Principal and Director, Van Eck Securities Corporation

Chief Investment Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation


  • Joined VanEck in 1993.
  • Served as lead investment team member of VanEck Global Hard Assets Fund, VanEck VIP Global Hard Assets Fund and VanEck's long/short hard assets strategy products.
  • From 1986 to 1988, was fixed income arbitrage analyst at CS First Boston, responsible for hedging mortgage-backed securities.
  • Served on boards of Fred M. van Eck Forest Trust, managed in conjunction with Pacific Forest Trust, and of Institute for the Future of China.
  • Member, New York Society of Security Analysts and Association of Investment Management and Research (AIMR).
  • Quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Institutional Investor, CNBC.
  • MBA, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern), 1993; BA, Economics, Williams College, 1986.