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The Top 20 Largest Life Insurance Companies

Northwestern Mutual, New York Life and MassMutual are the biggest players in life insurance. Here's how those companies and others compare.
Dec. 20, 2019
Insurance, Life Insurance
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The biggest life insurance companies offer a variety of products, are financially strong and have long histories, some spanning more than 100 years.

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Largest life insurance companies in the U.S.

Here are the 20 largest life insurance companies listed in order of market share for individual life insurance, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Market share is based on the total amount of premiums written for U.S. policyholders in 2018. Click on the links to learn more about each company.

CompanyMarket share in 2018
1. Northwestern Mutual10.3%
2. New York Life Insurance Co.6.9%
3. MassMutual 5.5%
4. Lincoln Financial Group5.4%
5. Prudential 5.4%
6. John Hancock 3.6%
7. State Farm 3.5%
8. Transamerica3.3%
9. Guardian3.1%
10. Pacific Life2.7%
11. MetLife 2.7%
12. American International Group (AIG) 2.5%
13. AXA 2.3%
14. Brighthouse Financial1.8%
15. Protective Life 1.8%
16. Primerica 1.7%
17. Sammons (Midland National Life Insurance Co. and North American Co. for Life and Health Insurance)1.6%
18. Voya Financial 1.6%
19. Nationwide 1.5%
20. Penn Mutual 1.4%
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence; market share based on 2018 direct ordinary individual life insurance premiums

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