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Who we are

We provide investment, savings, life assurance, asset management, banking and property & casualty insurance in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. We have over 17 million customers and approximately 61 500 employees.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be our customers' most trusted partner - passionate about helping them achieve their lifetime financial goals.

Our History

Old Mutual began in Cape Town in 1845 as South Africa’s first mutual life insurance company, offering financial security in uncertain times. Today, 170 years on, we build on this heritage of trust and accountability by meeting a broad range of our retail and commercial customers’ financial services needs at each stage of their lives. We take a long view, aiming ultimately to enable a positive future for all our stakeholders. We have been listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges, among others, since 1999.

Our Brands

Creating enterprise value through growing in markets of greatest opportunity and where we have a strong competitive positioning, while becoming recognised as the financial services leader in responsible business:

Our Strategy

Growing and transforming our business to lead in a responsible and sustainable way:

  1. In Africa: Build a financial services champion. In Southern Africa, through continued organic growth and collaboration in broad financial services marketsIn the Rest of Africa, by creating leadership positions in wholesale and retail financial services through inorganic and organic expansion and by building value in delivering financial services via key long-term partnerships
  2. In the UK: Build the leading retail investment business by vertically integrating advice, platforms, wealth solutions and asset management and offering these best-in-class wealth solutions in our markets beyond the UK
  3. In the US: Grow our multi-boutique institutional asset management business through organic growth, inorganic opportunities and expanding distribution
  4. Across our markets: Become recognised as the financial services leader in responsible business by increasing our impact in enabling financial wellbeing and responsible investment


How we operate

Responsible business

Our commitment to be a leader in responsible business stems from our purpose in society, which is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, and the community and world at large. We have selected two areas where we wish to lead: enabling the financial wellbeing of our customers, and responsible investment. Our focus on these two areas complements our existing five-pillar approach to responsible business, established following extensive stakeholder engagement in 2010 and reviewed in 2013. 

Our five pillar framework of responsible business -

  • Responsible to our customers
  • Responsible investment
  • Responsible to our employees
  • Responsible to our communities
  • Responsible environmental management


Our approach emphasises that our customers are at the heart of our business, and will help us to continue building on the strong foundation of ethical values, treating customers fairly and good governance that is so critical to our custodianship of people’s money.



We pursue value by balancing the risk assumed with the capital required and view good governance as a vital ingredient of operating a successful business. 

As a Group we are governed by the EU solvency regulations and our local businesses are governed by the regulatory bodies of the country in which they operate. At 31 December 2014, we had an FGD surplus of £2.1 billion (as submitted to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)) and liquidity of £1.8 billion. For the year ended 31 December 2014, Old Mutual reported adjusted operating profits before tax of £1.6 billion (on an IFRS basis) and funds under management from core operations of £319 billion.

Our values and people

Key to delivering this strategy is adhering to our core values and continuing to invest in our people as we embrace the richness of cultures across the Group.

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Pushing beyond boundaries


We bring these together through ACT NOW!

  • Aim high and take your team with you
  • Customer first - they're the reason we're here
  • Treat the business like it's our own
  • Need to listen carefully and talk honestly
  • Own our decisions - decide and deliver
  • Win together - help others succeed