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Our history

The key milestones in our growth journey

Since Wilshire was founded in 1972, we have evolved from an investment technology firm into a global advisory company specializing in innovative investment solutions, consulting services, technology solutions and world-leading market indexes such as the benchmark Wilshire 5000
(now the FT Wilshire 5000).

Scroll through the timeline to learn more about our company history.


American aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Dennis Tito founds the firm in Santa Monica, California with three employees. On April 28, 2001, Dennis became the world’s first space tourist as part of a visiting mission to the International Space Station.

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Launch of Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index (now the FT Wilshire 5000 Index), named for the number of issues included at the time (approximately 4,700). By the height of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, the index included more than 7,500 stocks.

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Launch of Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service, the world’s largest peer-universe service for U.S. institutional invested plan asset performance, representing more than $4 trillion in assets under management today.

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Institutional advisory practice established to help the fund sponsor community address challenges at every stage of the investment decision-making process. Today, Wilshire advises on more than $1.3 trillion in assets.

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Private equity fund-of-funds and specialty advisory practice established to meet growing demand for exposure to alternative investments.

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Intermediary advisory practice established to help intermediaries create customized investment solutions they can offer to retail investors. Today, Wilshire advises on over $370 billion in assets for more than 60 leading financial intermediaries.



Launch of the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, a broad market measure for the performance of diversified liquid alternative investment strategies in mutual fund structures.

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Wilshire acquired by private equity firms CC Capital Partners and Motive Partners.
Mark Makepeace, founder and former CEO of FTSE Russell, replaces Dennis Tito as Wilshire CEO.

Mark Makepeace


Launch of FT Wilshire 5000 Index Series in association with The Financial Times. The indexes provide U.S. and global investors with complete, dynamic representation of the U.S. investible market.


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