Who we are and what we do

Our vision: We make the world more resilient.

Swiss Re at a glance

The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing directly and working through brokers, our global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, we deploy our capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend.

Working with our clients and partners, we help to protect assets and lives around the globe – for a resilient future.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Swiss Re has operations across the world. At the end of 2017, we had over 80 office locations in more than 30 countries. Based on “net premiums earned and fee income from policyholders”, our ten biggest markets in 2017 were: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Germany, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland and France. They accounted for 79% 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.









(including Middle East and Africa)












Counting each location with offices once; not counting data centres







Net premiums earned and fee income in 2017 (USD billions)







(USD 10.9 billion in 2016)

(USD 15.1 billion in 2016)

(USD 7.2 billion in 2016)

(USD 33.2 billion in 2016)














Number of office locations* as of 31 December 2017







(28 in 2016)

(39 in 2016)

(15 in 2016)

(82 in 2016)














Number of employees (regular staff) as of 31 December 2017

8 630

3 740

2 115

14 485



(8 531 in 2016)

(3 367 in 2016)

(1 927 in 2016)

(14 053 in 2016)








The Swiss Re Group


Reinsurance provides clients and brokers with reinsurance products, insurance-based capital market instruments and risk management services. Reinsurance operates globally through two segments – Property & Casualty and Life & Health.

Reinsurance – Worker in front of ruins (photo)

Corporate Solutions

Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customised products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind.

Corporate Solutions – Plane used for fire extinguishing (photo)

Life Capital

Life Capital manages closed and open life and health insurance books. It provides alternative access to the life and health risk pool, helping to generate stable returns and seize attractive new opportunities.

Life Capital – Women wearing a mask and using a mobile phone (photo)

Operational Group structure

Operational Group structure (diagram)

* The Group CSO role will be merged with the Group CFO role effective 1 April 2018.