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Manulife Insurance Company Details

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Manulife headquarters on Bloor Street of Toronto, Ontario.
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
Public companyTraded as TSX: MFC
SEHK: 945
PSE: MFCISINCA56501R1064 Edit this on WikidataIndustry Financial Services (Insurance)Founded1887; 133 years ago (1887)Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Roy Gori, president and chief executive officer
Richard DeWolfe, chairman of the board of directorsProducts Asset management, Commercial banking, Commercial Mortgages, Consumer banking, Group benefits, Insurance, Investments, Mutual funds, Private banking, Real estate, Real estate, Reinsurance, Securities, Underwriting, Wealth ManagementRevenue DecreaseCA$39.0 billion (2018)
Net income
IncreaseCA$4.8 billion (2018)AUM IncreaseCA$1,084 billion (2018)Total assets IncreaseCA$750.3 billion (2018)Total equity IncreaseCA$47.2 billion (2018)
Number of employees
34,000 employees and 63,000 agents (2015)Subsidiaries
  • John Hancock Financial
  • Manulife Asset Management
  • Manulife Bank of Canada

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  • John Hancock Financial
  • Manulife Asset Management
  • Manulife Bank of Canada

Manulife Financial Corporation (also known as Financière Manuvie in Quebec) is a Canadian multinational insurance company and financial services provider headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company operates in Canada and Asia as “Manulife” and in the United States primarily through its John Hancock Financial division. As of December 2015, the company employed approximately 34,000 people and had 63,000 agents under contract, and has CA$935 billion in assets under management and administration. Manulife services over 26 million customers worldwide.

Manulife is the largest insurance company in Canada and the 28th largest fund manager in the world based on worldwide institutional assets under management (AUM).

Manulife Bank of Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife.

Manulife History

Manulife was incorporated as “The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company” by Act of Parliament on 23 June 1887 and was headed by Canada’s prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and Ontario’s lieutenant-governor, Alexander Campbell (there were no conflict-of-interest guidelines at the time and it was not unusual for public persons to be involved in private industry). The idea for the company came from J. B. Carlile, who came to Canada as an agent for the North American Life Assurance Company. It was his first-hand experience on which the new company’s product portfolio was based.

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The firm was founded as The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in 1887. Its first president was John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. The company sold its first policy outside of Canada in Bermuda in 1893. In 1894, policies were sold in Grenada, Jamaica and Barbados; Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti in 1895; and British Honduras, British Guiana, China and British Hong Kong in 1897.

In 1901, Manulife amalgamated with the Temperance and General Life Assurance Company, a Toronto-based Canadian life insurer that provided preferred rates to abstainers of alcohol. Manulife continued to offer abstainers rates into the 1920s.

In 1931, it opened its first southern China branch in British Hong Kong. Shortly thereafter, it established itself as a leading life insurer in the region with branches in Macau, Shantou and Amoy.

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In 1958, shareholders voted to change its legal form from a joint stock company to a mutual organization, making the company privately owned by its policyholders.

In 1984, Manulife announced that it had acquired Waterloo, Ontario-based Dominion Life Assurance Company, a deal that included the purchase of all of the outstanding stock of the company from Lincoln National. Dominion Life was founded in Waterloo in 1889, and Manulife made a commitment to the community to retain a significant presence in Waterloo. In 1988, Manulife opened a new five-storey office building at 500 King Street North in Waterloo to house its Canadian Division.

In 1996, the company entered an agreement with Sinochem to form Shanghai-based Zhong Hong Life Insurance Co. Ltd., China’s first joint venture life insurance company, and was granted a license that made it the second foreign insurer to be allowed re-entry into China.

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In 2002, Manulife–Sinochem Life Insurance Co. Ltd. was granted approval by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to open a branch office in Guangzhou, China, the first branch license granted to a foreign invested joint–venture life insurance company. In 2003, Manulife-Sinochem received approval for a branch office in Beijing, the first multiple-branch license granted to a foreign-invested joint venture life insurance company. The firm is now licensed to operate in more than 50 Chinese cities.

On September 29, 2003, Manulife announced its intent to acquire the Boston-based insurance company John Hancock Financial (including a Canadian subsidiary, Maritime Life) for $10.4 billion in a stock-for-stock merger. The merged entity would initially be led by John Hancock’s CEO David F. D’Alessandro, but he would step down in June 2004.

In September 2009, the company purchased AIC’s Canadian retail investment fund business. In October 2009, it purchased Pottruff & Smith Travel Insurance Brokers Inc., a Canadian broker and third party administrator of travel insurance.

In 2010, the company announced that it had purchased Fortis Bank SA/NV’s 49% ownership in ABN AMRO TEDA Fund Management Co. Ltd. The new joint venture, Manulife TEDA Fund Management Company Ltd. (Manulife TEDA), provides traditional retail and institutional asset management for clients in China. The other 51 per cent is owned by Northern International Trust, part of Tianjin TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd. (TEDA).

In June 2012, the company opened Manulife Cambodia, with headquarters in Phnom Penh.

In 2013 Richard DeWolfe became the chair of the company’s board, succeeding Gail Cook-Bennett, who retired after serving 34 years on the board. In 2009, Donald Guloien, the chief investment officer, succeeded Dominic D’Alessandro as president and CEO of the company. Shortly before his departure, D’Alessandro modified his retirement package; the restricted units would only vest for a total of $10 million if the shares reached $36 by the end of 2011, and he would receive $5 million if the shares hit $30. This was in response to shareholders’ reaction to the first quarterly loss ever posted by the firm in its public history. Under Guloien’s leadership, the first initiatives were a dividend cut and an equity offering to bolster Manulife’s capital levels, making it difficult for the share price to reach the target levels needed to vest.

In September 2014, Manulife agreed to acquire the Canadian operations of Standard Life for a fee of around US$3.7 billion.

In 2014, Manulife Financial simplified its logo and brand to refer to itself only as Manulife outside of the United States.

In April 2015, the company announced a partnership with DBS Bank, providing Manulife exclusive access to DBS customers in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia in exchange for an initial payment of US$1.2 billion.

In June 2015, Manulife-Sinochem became the first foreign invested joint-venture life insurance company in China authorized to sell mutual funds.

In May 2016, Manulife US real estate investment trust became a public company via an initial public offering on the Singapore Exchange.

In April 2016, Manulife became the first Canadian insurance company to offer life insurance to people who are HIV-positive, insuring people who have tested HIV-positive, who are between the ages of 30 and 65, and meet certain other criteria for life insurance policies that would pay up to $2 million upon death.

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Manulife biography Net worth, Details Reference

  • Manulife Financial Corporate website
  • Manulife Financial Corporation at The Canadian Encyclopedia
Updated: April 23, 2020 — 12:58 am

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