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Robert L Howe

Filed: 14 Jun 21, 5:47pm
EXHIBIT 24

POWER OF ATTORNEY

WHEREAS, the undersigned director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, an Iowa corporation, hereby constitutes and appoints Phyllis J. Zanghi, Mark A. Schuman and/or Anant Bhalla, his true and lawful attorney and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, in the name of and on behalf of each of the undersigned, to do any and all acts and things that execute any and all reports of stock ownership on Form 3, Form 4 and/or Form 5, and all such related instruments which such attorneys and agents may deem necessary or advisable to enable American Equity Investment Life Holding Company to comply with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and any rules and regulations and requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission in respect thereof, in connection with reports to be filed by certain beneficial owners of securities under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including specifically, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the power and authority to sign the name of the undersigned in his capacity as a director and officer of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company to one or more Forms 3, 4 or 5 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect thereto, any and all amendments, including post-effective amendments, to such Forms and to any and all instruments and documents filed as part of or in connection with such Forms or amendments thereto; hereby ratifying and confirming all that such agent and attorney has done, shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 11th day of May, 2021.

/s/ Robert L. Howe
Robert L. Howe