239 Years of Looking Forward

We’ve been at the forefront of change in the financial world for 239 years. We have weathered times of calm and crisis, and we have done it by adapting, refining and consistently improving our services. That spirit of discovery has enabled us to stay ahead of the curve and deliver maximum success for our clients yesterday, today and tomorrow. 



Founded by an


Not only was Alexander Hamilton the country's first Secretary of the Treasury, he also helped establish the U.S. Mint—and his face is still on the $10 bill. His list of titles included military commander, economist, congressman, banker, lawyer and political philosopher. After resigning from Congress, he returned to New York to continue his legal work, and in 1784 founded the Bank of New York. 

“People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.”

— Alexander Hamilton 

Always Ahead

BNY Mellon has built a legacy of innovation, including setting ourselves apart as one of the first banks to adopt computing technology, implementing innovation centers and gaining insights from one of the largest datasets in the world. 

Innovation Is in Our DNA

Deeply embedded in our culture and business capabilities is staying committed to the innovative spirit of our founder, Alexander Hamilton. That remains the driving force behind our legacy of firsts and continues to propel us into the future.

A Legacy of Firsts

Ever since our inception, BNY Mellon has led the way with industry firsts by pushing harder and working smarter on behalf of the industry and our clients.