Jack Bogle brought Wall Street investing to the masses and the industry thanked him for it following his death.
The father of the index fund passed away Wednesday in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the company he founded, Vanguard.
Among his many accomplishments over 89 years: Founding and running Vanguard Group, which now has $5.1 trillion in assets under management, giving investors an option for high returns at lower costs than for actively managed funds, and penning 13 books on investing.
Bogle gained plenty of respect and devotees along the way. Fans created an entire website based on his investing advice: Bogleheads.org.
After news of his death on Wednesday, tributes poured in:
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (to CNBC's Becky Quick):
"Jack did more for American investors as a whole than any individual I've known.... A lot of Wall Street is devoted to charging a lot for nothing...He charged nothing to accomplish a huge amount. He converted in a 30-year period a lot of people to the right religion of investing. And it's a good religion. It pays off."
David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs:
"Jack Bogle was a pioneer. He helped millions of people achieve a better financial future for themselves and their families, and he made everyone who makes a living in the markets think seriously about what excellence in this business is all about. He will be missed."
Carl Icahn, billionaire activist investor:
"I had great respect for the man and for many of the things he stood for."
Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America:
"He was a great American innovator who taught the value of long-term thinking. We will miss his perspective and wisdom."
Kevin O'Leary, "Shark Tank" investor and O'Shares ETFs chairman:
"If the only free lunch in investing is diversification, then Jack Bogle ran the most popular diner on Wall Street. He served up indexing and never looked back. He was the rock star maverick of change and the founder of a trillion-dollar industry. His DNA is in every ETF traded."
Ken Griffin, founder and CEO of $30 billion hedge fund Citadel:
"Jack Bogle changed the landscape of finance. As the Founder of Vanguard, he built one of the world's most respected asset management firms on the principle of delivering superlative value to millions of hard working Americans seeking to grow their savings and realize their dreams."
Ron O'Hanley, president and CEO of State Street:
"With the passing of John "Jack" Bogle, the investment management industry has lost a legend. Bogle's devotion to index investing transformed the industry and provided a low-cost entry point for savers; as one of the largest index providers in the world, we and our investors owe him a great deal. Throughout his career Bogle displayed the best attributes of our profession and was the model of a principled, visionary, scrupulous, thrifty and relentlessly optimistic investor. He profoundly changed our industry for the better and exemplified the success that comes when we focus on doing what is right for investors. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. We will miss him."
Many admirers took to Twitter to comment: