With our roots beginning in 1921 in the U.S. and in 1846 in Europe, we’ve always been an “underwriting company” – more interested in underwriting quality than volume.
Gen Re has made significant contributions to the structure of today’s reinsurance markets. In Germany in 1846 (as Cologne Re), the world’s first independent professional reinsurance company was born, and in 1852, the first professional reinsurance treaty was signed. Gen Re was the first company to offer casualty and property facultative reinsurance in the 1950s and the first company to write reinsurance on an excess basis.
In 1994, General Re® formed an alliance with Cologne Re (now General Reinsurance AG). In 1998, Berkshire Hathaway acquired General Re Corporation, our holding company, and in 2003 General Re and Cologne Re began marketing globally under the brand name of Gen Re.
In 2021 we celebrated our 100th anniversary and the 175th anniversary of the historical Cologne Re.