RGA began operating in the United States in 1973 as General American Re, a reinsurance division created by General American Life Insurance Company. In 1992, General American chartered Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA) as a holding company for its reinsurance operations.
Later that year, RGA opened its first international office when it acquired National Re of Canada, which became RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada. In 1993, RGA began being traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.
By 1999, RGA opened additional offices in Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Taiwan.
In 2000, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife, Inc.) acquired GenAmerica Corporation, which included General American and its subsidiaries, thereby gaining a majority ownership interest in RGA. In 2008, RGA became a stand-alone company after it split off from MetLife, Inc.
Between 2002 and 2011, RGA opened additional offices in South Korea, India, China, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the Middle East.
In 2010, RGA completed the acquisition of ReliaStar’s U.S. and Canadian group life, accident and health reinsurance business, which operated under the name ING Reinsurance and was owned by ReliaStar Life Insurance Company.
Today RGA is the one of the largest life reinsurance companies in the world.