Assicurazioni Generali

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. or simply Generali is an Italian insurance company, the largest in Italy and third in the world.[2] It has its headquarters in Trieste.[3] In 2010, Assicurazioni Generali Group was the second largest insurance group in the world by revenue after AXA.

Under the name of Imperial Regia Privilegiata Compagnia di Assicurazioni Generali Austro-Italiche, the company was founded on December 26, 1831. At the time, Trieste was the most important sea port of the Austrian Empire. The company grew in importance, becoming one of the largest insurance operators both in Italy and in Central Europe. As of 2017, the company ranks 57th on the Fortune Global 500 list of companies and 43rd on MITs worldwide "Smartest Companies" ranking in 2015.[4]

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.
Listed
Traded asBITG
FTSE MIB Component
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1831
Headquarters,
Area served
Italy, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Americas
Key people
Gabriele Galateri di Genola (Chairman)
Philippe Donnet (CEO)
ProductsInsurance, banking, investment management
RevenueDecrease € 68.5 billion[1] (2017)
Increase € 2.1 billion[1] (2017)
Total assetsIncrease € 542 billion[1] (2017)
Total equityIncrease € 25 billion[1] (2017)
Number of employees
71,327[1] (2017)
SubsidiariesGenertel, Alleanza Toro, Ina Assitalia, Europ Assistance Group
Websitewww.generali.com

Operations

Flag of Most Serene Republic of Venice
The symbol of Assicurazioni Generali is derived from the flag of the Republic of Venice, dissolved by Napoleon three decades before the company was founded.
Targa Assicurazioni Generali Venezia
Original metal plaque with raised gilt signature and Lion of Saint Mark, 1924–1940.
Assicurazioni Generali 1919
Insurance policy of the Assicurazioni Generali, issued 1919[5]
Palazzo-generali
Headquarters in Trieste
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France men's national volleyball team in World Championship 2014

Today Generali operates primarily in Europe, Middle East and East Asia, with large market shares in Italy, Poland,[6] Hungary, Germany (under the name of Generali Deutschland), France, Austria, Slovenia,[7] The Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia (Generali Osiguranje), Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Israel, Japan, China and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with secondary operations in Latin America. Generali's United States operations are concentrated in financial products management, a result of the group's acquisition of Business Men's Assurance Company of America (BMA) in 1990 and travel insurance products as part of the Europ Assistance Group.[8] In 2002, Generali sold BMA's life insurance arm to the Royal Bank of Canada.[9] In 2013, Generali sold its US reinsurance arm to Scor.[10]

On Jerusalem's Jaffa Road, the Generali Building (בניין ג'נרלי), built by the company in 1935, is still known by that name although the company operated its Jerusalem branch in the building only from 1935 to 1946.[11] The Generali Building is still owned by the Italian insurance firm through its local representative, the Migdal Insurance Company.[12] The building currently houses various government offices, including the Jerusalem District Administration, the Ministry of Interior, the Department of Immigration and Population Registry, and the Internal Auditing Office.[11] It is a famous Jerusalem landmark, due to the large and well-preserved stone statue of a winged lion on its roof; this is the Lion of Saint Mark, patron saint of Venice, and the symbol of the Generali insurance company[11][13] which appears on all of its branches worldwide since 1848.[12]

In India the company is represented by Future Generali, a joint venture of Future group and Assicurazioni Generali. It provides both life and property/casualty insurance. The Life business is known as Future Generali India Life Insurance Company Limited.[14]

Main Subsidiaries of the group includes, in Italy: Genertellife, Alleanza Assicurazioni, Generali Italia and Banca Generali.

In France: Europ Assistance

Bank ownership

Assicurazioni Generali was an active owner of Italian banks, such as Banca Intesa (7.54% direct and indirect ownership[15]) and Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (8.71980% in 2004[16]) as minority owner. Both banks are no longer held by Generali Group.

Banca Generali is the subsidiary of Assicurazioni Generali.

Shareholder structure

As of June 2016, Assicurazioni Generali's largest shareholders were:[17]

Notable employees

  • Franz Kafka worked for nearly nine months (between November 1, 1907, and July 15, 1908) at the Assicurazioni Generali office in Prague.

Generali is the sponsor of France National Volleyball Team. Generali sponsor of the French Federation of Volleyball for 19 years, launched the Responsible Sports Charter in 2010, coherently with the Group guidelines, to actively promote the culture of sustainability in the sporting arena.

Controversy

After nearly 10 years of struggling to get a big Italian insurance company to pay claims on life insurance policies sold to victims of the Holocaust, the lawyers for most of the victims are giving up the fight. Sidney Zabludoff, a Holocaust insurance expert, estimates that Generali had coverage on about 110,000 Jews at the time, and he estimates this be worth $4.5 billion today. In court papers, Generali says it has paid $135 million on about 5,200 claims.[18]

In popular media

Blood Money - Law & Order Episode is based on Generali subsidiaries selling life insurance to poor Jews in WW2 Europe and then not paying out in case of death. The motive in the murder of a retired insurance salesman appears to be a series of policies he sold to Jews in Poland during the Holocaust.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Integrated Report and Consolidated Financial Statements 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Assicurazioni Generali SpA Company Profile". Yahoo! Finance. Archived from the original on 5 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Company References Archived July 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Assicurazioni Generali. Retrieved on 8 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Assicurazioni Generali | Global 500". Fortune. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ Alex Witula: Le Più Belle Azioni D'Epoca, p. 41; ISBN 978-88-95848-10-5
  6. ^ "GENERALI extends its presence in Poland by acquiring the CONCORDIA companies; premium income from Austria, CEE and Russia Region to exceed EUR 6.4 billion – Insurance". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Italian insurer Generali buys Adriatic Slovenica for EUR 245m". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ url=https://www.generalitravelinsurance.com/why-generali.html
  9. ^ "Generali will sell BMA's life insurance operations". Kansas City Business Journal. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  10. ^ Jucca, Lisa; Christian Plumb (2013-06-04). "Generali sells U.S. unit to Scor in $920 million deal". Reuters. Milan/Paris. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b c Even-Or, Shmuel (May 1984). ירושלים: בניינים בעיר החדשה [Jerusalem: Buildings in the New City]. Kardom (in Hebrew): 20–23.
  12. ^ a b בניין ג'נראלי [Generali Building] (in Hebrew). All About Jerusalem. 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  13. ^ Bar-Am, Aviva (19 September 2003). "Return to Bevingrad". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. (subscription)
  14. ^ Future Generali India Life Insurance Company website
  15. ^ 2006 Annual report Banca Intesa
  16. ^ 2004 bilancio Banca Nazionale del Lavoro ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
  17. ^ "Azionisti rilevanti di ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI SPA". Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Holocaust victims settle with Generali - Business - International Herald Tribune". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  19. ^ ""Law & Order" Blood Money (TV Episode 1999)". IMDb. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

External links

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Bucharest Corporate Center also known as the Generali Tower is a class A office building in Bucharest. It has 15 floors and a surface of 18,000 m2. The building is owned by the real estate branch of insurance giants Assicurazioni Generali.

Caffè San Marco

Caffè San Marco is a historic café in Trieste, Italy. It is located in via Battisti 18. Founded in 1914, it became famous as a rendezvous for intellectuals and writers including Italo Svevo, James Joyce and Umberto Saba, a tradition that continues to date with Claudio Magris. A meeting point for Trieste's irredentists, the café was destroyed by Austro-Hungarian troops during the first World War but was reopened when hostilities ended.

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Generali Building

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The site was formerly occupied by the "Pisan Loggia" and the "Chiese de Santa Cecilia" While the architecture of the palazzo is undoubtedly inspired by that of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, also in Florence, the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali was never intended to be a private house but the local headquarters of the General Insurance Company which was founded in Trieste in 1831. There are other Palazzi delle Assicurazioni Generali in other Italian cities most notably Rome and Milan. During the latter half of the 19th century the Assicurazioni Generali (commonly known as "Generali") were expanding not only in Italy but also throughout Europe.

The Assicurazioni Generali generally employed retrospective architectural style to reflect the surroundings of their offices in Rome the palazzo imitates the Palazzo Venezia which it faces, while in Milan the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali is in a form of 19th century Baroque Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali, Milano known as Beaux Arts.

The Florence Palazzo delle Assicurazioni unsuccessfully vies for dominance in the piazza with the more historical and architecturally important Palazzo Signoria, today known as the Palazzo Vecchio. In spite of its height and size the architecture of the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali harmonises with that of the surrounding buildings, and does not appear as a new imposter in the piazza. However, this is not a view shared by all, one source describes those buildings of Piazza della Signoria occupied by banks and Insurance companies as "seeming to belong to some cold northern climate rather than to the city that gave birth to the colour and vitality of the Renaissance" Part of the ground floor is home to one of Florence's more fashionable and historical cafés – "Rivoire", founded in 1872.

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Tour Generali

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The project was officially initiated on 18 October 2006 and is being built for Italian insurance company Assicurazioni Generali. Part of the modernisation of La Défense, the project is being constructed by Vinci on the old site of the Iris building, which was completed in 1983. Tour Generali will have an estimated height of 319 meters (1100 feet) from ground level, at a total cost estimate of 500 million euros.

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This building was to be constructed as a "green" building, and would have include a wind turbines in its spire, solar panels, and other environmentally friendly elements.

The main entrance of the tower would have been at the 6th level of the tower along the elevated esplanade/promenade, which rises 18 metres above ground level.

The Tour Generali had undergone a redesign and was shortened to 265m, which meant it would have longer held the title of the tallest building in the European Union. The project was cancelled in 2011.

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