Meet Gen Re

As a reinsurer, we are in the risk assumption business, just like our clients. 

Our shared perspective helps us understand and evaluate even the toughest risks – and propose the right solution for you.

Gen Re delivers reinsurance solutions to the Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance industries. We work closely with our clients to understand their strategic and operational goals, offering a wide range of products, tools, and resources that aim to promote our clients’ ongoing growth and success. 

Gen Re is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and has earned superior financial strength ratings from each of the major rating agencies. We take our commitments very seriously. 

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$18B in capital

With $17.7 billion in capital and $13.5 billion in net premiums written, we only make promises we can keep.

Financial Info
A.M. Best
Moody’s Financial Strength Rating
S&P’s Claims Paying Ability Rating

Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get.

Warren E. Buffett
Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway inc.

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Our Reinsurance Proposition

  • Single-point underwriting, pricing, and claims accountability
  • Direct access to decision makers
  • Superior underwriting, actuarial, claims, and line of business expertise
  • Client-driven strategy, rather than market-driven
  • Long-term view of client relationships
  • Reinsurance structuring support

Gen Re’s Global Network at Your Service

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Corporate Responsibility

We take social responsibility very seriously with respect to our associates, our clients, our community, and our environment. We have a Code of Business Conduct in place. This policy guides our employees in fair and ethical business conduct and explains our shared responsibilities to the public and our clients, and amongst ourselves. Every associate across the organization is expected to adhere to the Code of Business Conduct.

Environmental, Social, Governance

At Gen Re, we are committed to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. We value and engage our employees and the communities where we work and live. We have a firm commitment to ethical and legal business practices. 


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. 

Family of Companies

Gen Re is one of the leading Life & Health and Property & Casualty reinsurers in the world. We are represented in all major reinsurance markets through a network of more than 38 offices worldwide.

General Re®, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the holding company for global reinsurance and related operations. It owns General Reinsurance® and General Reinsurance AG, which conduct business as Gen Re.

The insurance, reinsurance, and investment management companies in our group include: Gen Re (direct reinsurance operations), New England Asset Management (NEAM), GenStar, Genesis, and Faraday.

The people behind the promise®