David Gardner is the Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker at The Motley Fool, a financial services company he started in 1993 alongside his brother, Tom. In Shakespeare, the court jester—or Fool—was the one person who could speak the truth to the king or queen without having his head lopped off. In the same way, The Motley Fool’s purpose is to help the world invest better by speaking the truth about Wall Street and empowering millions of people to take control of their financial lives.

The Motley Fool’s purpose is to make the world smarter, happier, and richer.  We also believe in making our employees (lovingly called “Fools”) smarter, happier, and richer.  With an unyielding focus on workplace culture and employee engagement, The Motley Fool has twice been named Glassdoor’s #1 Best Medium-Sized Company to Work For in America.

David graduated as a Morehead-Cain Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and is a recipient of UNC’s prestigious “Distinguished Young Alumni Award.” He served on the Individual Investor Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange for 15 years and the prestigious Folger Shakespeare Library for 10 years.