GAMCO Investors Inc was founded in 1976 and incorporated in Delaware as an institutional broker-dealer. It completed its initial public offering on February 1999. It entered the institutional and private wealth management business in 1977, management of investment partnerships in 1985 and the mutual fund business in 1986. The Company was incorporated in April 1998 in the state of New York. The Company conducts its investment advisory business mainly through GAMCO (Institutional and Private Wealth Management), Funds Advisor (Mutual Funds) and GSI (Investment Partnerships). It is well known for its Private Market Value (PMV) with a Catalyst(tm) investment approach. It is a recognized provider of investment advisory services to open and closed-end funds, institutional and private wealth management investors, and investment partnerships in the United States. It also provides institutional research services to institutional clients and investment partnerships .It also acts as an underwriter and provides institutional research services through G.research, a broker-dealer subsidiary, and is a distributor of open-end mutual funds through other broker-dealer subsidiary G.distributors. It manages Investment Partnerships through its 94% majority-owned subsidiary, Gabelli Securities, Inc. (GSI). It provides advisory services to limited partnerships and offshore funds (Investment Partnerships). The Company provides advisory services to a range of investors, including private wealth management, corporate pension and profit-sharing plans, foundations, endowments, jointly-trusteed plans and public funds, and also serves as sub-advisor to certain other third-party investment funds including registered investment companies (Institutional and Private Wealth Management). Each Institutional and Private Wealth Management portfolio is managed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the particular client by utilizing investment strategies and techniques within its areas of expertise. It has the rights to use the 'Gabelli' name, the 'GAMCO' name, and other names. The Company competes with other investment management firms and mutual fund companies, insurance companies, banks, brokerage firms and other financial institutions that offer products that have similar features and investment objectives to those offered by it.