Who we are and what we do

Our vision: We make the world more resilient.

Swiss Re at a glance

Swiss Re is a leader in wholesale reinsurance, insurance and risk transfer solutions. Our success is built on our solid client relationships, capital strength and knowledge company approach. We make the world more resilient.

Together we apply fresh perspectives, knowledge and capital to anticipate and manage risk. That’s how we create smarter solutions for our clients, helping the world rebuild, renew and move forward.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Swiss Re has operations across the globe. At the end of 2015, we had 75 offices in more than 30 countries. Based on “net premiums earned and fee income from policyholders”, our ten biggest markets in 2015 were: the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Germany, Canada, Japan, Ireland, France and Switzerland. They accounted for 78.4% of the Group’s total business over the year.

Swiss Re Ltd, the Group’s holding company, is a joint stock company, listed in accordance with the International Reporting Standard on the SIX Swiss Exchange, domiciled in Zurich, and organised under the laws of Switzerland. No other Group companies have shares listed.

Our global presence








(including Middle East and Africa)












Counting all Zurich premises as one office







Net premiums earned and fee income in 2015 (USD billions)







(USD 11.3 billion in 2014)

(USD 12.2 billion in 2014)

(USD 7.8 billion in 2014)

(USD 31.3 billion in 2014)














Number of offices as of 31 December 2015







(24 in 2014)

(36 in 2014)

(12 in 2014)

(72 in 2014)














Number of employees (regular staff) as of 31 December 2015

7 689

3 367

1 711

12 767



(7 457 in 2014)

(3 300 in 2014)

(1 467 in 2014)

(11 574 in 2014)








The Swiss Re Group


Reinsurance is Swiss Re’s largest business in terms of income and the foundation of our strength, providing about 85% of gross premiums and fee income through two segments – Property & Casualty and Life & Health. The unit aims to extend Swiss Re’s industry-leading position with disciplined underwriting, prudent portfolio management and diligent client service.

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Corporate Solutions

Corporate Solutions serves mid-sized and large corporations, with product offerings ranging from traditional property and casualty insurance to highly customised solutions. Corporate Solutions serves customers from over 50 offices worldwide.

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Admin Re®

Admin Re® provides risk and capital management solutions by which Swiss Re acquires closed books of in-force life and health insurance business, entire lines of business, or the entire capital stock of life insurance companies. As of 1 January 2016, the open and closed life insurance books of the Group, including Admin Re®, are managed under a new business unit called Life Capital.

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Operational Group structure

Operational Group structure (diagram)