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John C. van Eck, CFA, Founder

John C. van Eck, CFA

John C. van Eck, CFA



John van Eck was a well-known pioneer in international and gold investments. He founded International Investors Incorporated in 1955 to provide a convenient investment vehicle for Americans to invest in foreign growth stocks. Predicting 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

Press Release Honoring Founder [1915-2014]



Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

Chief Executive Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation

Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation

Director and President, Van Eck Securities Corporation

President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Funds and VIP Trusts

President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Vectors ETF Trust


Jan is the CEO of VanEck, a global investment manager with offices around the world. Headquartered in New York City since 1955, the firm has a long history of empowering Investors with forward-looking, intelligently designed mutual fund and ETF solutions. Jan joined the Firm in 1992 and its Executive Management Team in 1998, and leads the firm today.

Furthering VanEck’s mission to anticipate asset classes and trends, Jan created a variety of strategic beta, tactical allocation, emerging markets and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF and institutional formats. He founded the Firm’s ETF business in 2006. As one of the world’s largest ETF sponsors, the firm offers ETFs globally across a variety of equity and fixed income asset classes.

Jan holds a JD from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a major in Economics. He is a Director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He routinely appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and was a 2013 Finalist for Institutional Investor's Fund Leader of the Year. More recently, Jan was a 2020 Finalist for’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Firm was named 2020 ETF Provider of the Year by Fund Intelligence.


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

Derek S. van Eck, CFA

Chief Investment Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation

Principal and Director, Van Eck Associates Corporation

Principal and Director, Van Eck Securities Corporation


Derek van Eck was a widely respected commodities trader and global assets manager in New York’s financial industry. He joined Van Eck Associates Corporation in 1993 and served as Chief Investment Officer as well as Portfolio Manager of the Van Eck Global Hard Assets Fund and Van Eck VIP Global Hard Assets Fund. He began his career in the securities business in 1986 and was a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Association of Investment Management and Research (AIMR), and served on the board of the Fred M. van Eck Forest Trust, managed in conjunction with the Pacific Forest Trust.

MBA, Northwestern University; BA, Williams College

Press Release Honoring Derek van Eck [1964-2010]