Learn more about Capital One and our founder
About Capital One
Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We were founded on the belief that the banking industry would be revolutionized by information and technology, beginning with credit cards. We are now the nation’s fifth-largest consumer bank and eighth-largest bank overall.
Founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, we believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. Across the company, we’re building customer experiences that are real-time and intelligent. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit.
We’re enabling great talent with great spaces. Our award-winning office designs promote creativity and collaboration. In 2018, we opened our new headquarters in McLean, Virginia, where engineers, designers, and data scientists work side by side to imagine the next great chapter of Capital One.
Meet Our Founder
Chairman and CEO, Richard D. Fairbank
Mr. Fairbank is founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Capital One Financial Corporation. As an innovator and entrepreneurial leader, Mr. Fairbank has grown Capital One from a start-up to one of the ten largest banks in America and 100 largest companies in the country as ranked by Fortune Magazine. Mr. Fairbank has been the CEO since the Company’s Initial Public Offering in November 1994 and has served as the Chairman and CEO since February 1995. Since the founding of the Company, Mr. Fairbank has been responsible for overseeing both the Company’s strategic direction as well as management of Capital One’s day-to-day operations, and has driven strong organic business growth and executed a series of strategic acquisitions across retail and direct banking, credit cards, auto lending, and technology. Mr. Fairbank has extensive experience in financial services and has led the development, growth, and transformation of the Company’s business capabilities since its founding, including technology, risk management, brand, customer experience, and talent development and diversity.
Prior to Capital One, Mr. Fairbank was Vice President and head of the banking practice at a national strategy consulting firm. Mr. Fairbank served on MasterCard International’s Global Board of Directors from February 2004 until May 2006.