Top 10 global insurers – ratings agency announces latest rundown

Major insurers maintain top spots in agency's largest insurance rankings

Top 10 global insurers – ratings agency announces latest rundown

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

AM Best has unveiled the latest edition of its top largest insurers – with UnitedHealth Group maintaining its top spot on the list for the eighth consecutive year.

The rankings were published in the January 06, 2023 issue of Best’s News. Each insurer was ranked based on BestLink data and additional research.

According to the list, UnitedHealth came out on top for the eighth straight year by managing to grow its net premiums written (NPW) by 12% in 2021 to $226.2 billion. In terms of ranking by non-banking assets, Allianz SE maintained its spot from previous years with $1.2 trillion in non-banking assets, followed by Berkshire Hathaway, which managed to rise to second place from fifth.

The top 10 global insurers ranked by 2021 NPW are:

  1. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, United States
  2. Centene Corporation, United States
  3. Elevance Health, Inc., United States
  4. China Life Insurance (Group) Company, China
  5. Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd., China
  6. Kaiser Foundation Group of Health Plans, United States
  7. AXA S.A., France
  8. Allianz SE, Germany
  9. People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Ltd., China
  10. Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., Italy

Meanwhile, the top 10 global insurers ranked by 2021 non-banking assets are:

  1. Allianz SE, Germany
  2. Berkshire Hathaway Inc., United States
  3. Prudential Financial Inc., United States
  4. Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd., China
  5. China Life Insurance (Group) Company, China
  6. AXA S.A., France
  7. Legal & General Group plc, United Kingdom
  8. MetLife Inc., United States
  9. Nippon Life Insurance Company, Japan
  10. Manulife Financial Group, China

In its analysis of the rankings, AM Best noted that overall, there was some reshuffling in the top spots. Notably, US-based health insurers managed to further strengthen their leading positions, with AM Best pointing out Centene and Elevance Health (formerly Anthem) managing to rise two places in the NPW ranking to come in at second and third, respectively.

Last month, AM Best issued a report which found that the US P&C industry recorded a $24.3 billion net underwriting loss in the first nine months of 2022. This loss is down $17.9 billion from 2021, as 8.4% growth in net earned premiums and a 22.3% decline in policyholder dividends were offset by a 14.0% increase in incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses, as well as a 6.5% increase in other underwriting expenses. Issues related to continuing inflationary pressures and rate adequacy affecting the auto insurance segment were cited as the cause for the decline in underwriting results during the period.

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