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Our History

Through four decades of steady global expansion RGA has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most highly respected reinsurers. Learn more about our history.

Named Life Reinsurer of the Year

RGA was named Life Reinsurer of the Year at the 25th Asia Insurance Industry Awards 2021 by the Asia Insurance Review, capping a year of major accomplishments around the world, including major longevity, asset-intensive, and capital-solutions transactions in multiple markets. The company also received record facultative underwriting case submissions in the year and completed the first-ever coinsurance contract in South Korea.

Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge

As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic challenged the industry and the world, RGA demonstrated our strong social mission. The company launched a dedicated corporate social responsibility and sustainability office, supported relief efforts through RGA Foundation grants and employee volunteerism, and served as a leading source of insight and guidance for the life and health industry.

RGA ranks #1 on NMG for 9th Year

For the 9th consecutive year in 2019, RGA ranks #1 on NMG Consulting’s Global All Respondent Business Capability Index (BCI), and is recognized as “Life Reinsurer of the Year” at the 2019 Reactions North America Awards.


Best Regarded Company

RGA exceeds $10 billion in annual global net premiums for the first time and is named to Forbes magazine’s 2018 Best Regarded Companies list and World’s Best Employers list.

3 Millionth Facultative Case, India Branch Opens

RGA's U.S. underwriting team reviews its 3 millionth facultative application. RGA opens a licensed branch office in Mumbai, India, where the company had been operating as a foreign reinsurer since 2002.

New Leadership

Anna Manning is appointed CEO, effective January 1, 2017, succeeding founding CEO Greig Woodring. Also in the year, RGA opens an office in Brazil.


Innovation Accelerates

RGA launches RGAX, a wholly owned subsidiary and business transformation engine, and also opens an office in Singapore.


RGA Branch Office Opens in China

RGA receives approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to operate a branch office in Shanghai. RGA opened a representative office in Beijing in 2005.


Most Trustworthy

Forbes adds RGA to its list of "America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies".


Middle East Office Opens

RGA opens an office in the United Arab Emirates, providing a foothold for expansion into the Middle East.

#1 in NMG, Fortune 500

RGA enters the FORTUNE 500, which ranks U.S.-based companies by total revenue, at #321. RGA also ranks #1 in NMG Consulting’s inaugural Global Business Capability Index; maintains #1 rank every year since.


Group Reinsurance Business Grows, Netherlands Office Opens

RGA acquires North American group life, accident and health reinsurance business from INGAlso, RGA opens an office in the Netherlands.


Independence After Split

RGA completes recapitalization and split-off from MetLife to become a fully independent company, the U.S. underwriting team reviews its 2 millionth facultative application, and RGA’s annual reinsurance premiums exceed $5 billion for the first time. Also, RGA opens an office in Germany.

France and Italy Offices Open

RGA opens offices in France and Italy as the company expands operations in Europe.

Poland Office Opens

RGA opens an office in Poland and expands in the Central and Eastern Europe markets.

China Office Opens

RGA opens a representative office in China.

South Korea Office Opens

RGA opens a branch office in South Korea.and a representative office in India. 

Forbes Names RGA to Platinum List, Technology Partners Forms

RGA Technology Partners forms to develop life insurance technology solutions, including the AURA automated underwriting platform. Also during the year, RGA joins the Forbes Platinum list of the 400 Best Companies.

New Ownership

MetLife purchases majority stake in RGA from General American, and RGA enters Taiwan market.

Mexico, South Africa, and UK Offices Open

RGA’s annual reinsurance premiums exceed $1 billion, and the U.S. underwriting team reviews its 1 millionth facultative application. The company opens offices in MexicoSouth Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Malaysia Office Opens

RGA opens Malaysia office.

Australia Office Opens

RGA opens the company's first office in Australia.

Financial Solutions Unit Forms, Hong Kong and Japan Offices Open

RGA launches business unit that will evolve into RGA Global Financial Solutions. The company also commences operations in Hong Kong and Japan.

Spain Office Opens

RGA opens its first office in Spain.

RGA Goes Public

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA) goes public in an initial public offering.

Canada Office Opens

RGA makes first of many international expansions: RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada.

Second-Largest Reinsurer

RGA becomes the second-largest reinsurer in the U.S., with new sales volume of $23.4 billion.

Reinsurance Division Grows

Reinsurance division becomes General American's largest line of business.

Greig Woodring Joins

Greig Woodring, future founding CEO of RGA, joins General American reinsurance division.

RGA Launches

General American Life Insurance Company launches the life reinsurance division that is to become RGA.