The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company or MetLife for short began in 1863 as the National Union Life and Limb Insurance Company.
In 1868, the company name was changed to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and the company began to focus on life insurance.
By 1909, MetLife was the largest life insurer in the US.
By 1930, the company insured 20% of the US and Canadian populations.
In 1998, the company changed from a customer owned corporation to a publicly owned one. This was followed by an IPO in 2000.
In 2005, the company acquired Travelers Life & Annuity.
In 2010, the company purchased American Life Insurance Company (Alico) from AIG.
Today, MetLife is one of the largest providers of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs in the world. The company currently serves 90 million customers in 60 countries.