Brian Barnes

Founder and CEO


Brian Barnes founded M1 in 2015 with a vision to revolutionize personal finance and empower people to improve their financial well-being. Through his leadership, M1 has grown from a small group around a kitchen table to a fintech “unicorn” with over 250 employees that’s reached $7 billion in assets under management. Brian serves on the board of directors at Junior Achievement of Chicago and is the Owner and a board member of First National Bank of Buhl. Prior to founding M1, he worked in the world of retail investing and earned his BA in Economics at Stanford University. Beyond the world of personal finance, Brian is a big fan of all things two-wheeled, including road bikes, mountain bikes, and motorcycles.