Since 1919, we’ve expanded our global reach to establish relationships with influential government and business leaders. Our clients can leverage these prominent connections to advance their own operations throughout the world, particularly in complex markets like China.
Founding the American Asiatic Underwriters Shanghai, China
In 1919, Cornelius Vander Starr arrived in Shanghai and founded American Asiatic Underwriters, the first American-owned insurance enterprise in China, which expanded throughout the country within a few years.
Visiting a Potential Customer in Wuxi Hills
In 1922, C.V. Starr visits an old Chinese temple in the Wuxi Hills and visits with a potential customer. It was said of Mr. Starr that he was "very quiet, unassuming, but very forceful. He could sell anybody anything."
The American Asiatic Underwriters Celebrate Fourth of July
Staff of the American Asiatic Underwriters poses for a group portrait at Wuxi, China, where they celebrated the Fourth of July, 1924. Starr, in dark suit, is left of center.
The American Asiatic Underwriters Headquarters
17 The Bund, Shanghai. The North China Daily News building became American Asiatic Underwriters headquarters in 1927.
Accounting Office at The Bund
The American Asiatic Underwriters accounting office at 17 The Bund.
En Route to Havana
Cornelius Vander Starr (right) waves goodbye from LaGuardia Field in 1949 en route to Havana, Cuba, which had become Starr’s Latin American regional headquarters in 1940.
A Trip to Mexico City
C.V. Starr (center) addresses a group of fifty La Interamericana agents during a 1956 trip to Mexico City. Unit supervisor F. Salines stands at left while production manager Fernando Bracho listens on the right.
Celebrating Mr. Starr's 75th Birthday
Maurice R. Greenberg, President of American Home Assurance Company (left), and Cornelius V. Starr, founder of the original Starr Insurance Companies, celebrate Mr. Starr's 75th birthday in October 1967.
Mr. Starr Appoints Mr. Greenberg as His Successor
American Asiatic Underwriters board meeting in Bermuda. Mr. Starr announced his retirement and named Mr. Greenberg his successor on August 15, 1968.
Meeting Deng Xiaoping
Maurice R. Greenberg meeting Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1989.
Meeting Jiang Zemin
Maurice R. Greenberg with Jiang Zemin, President of the People's Republic of China from 1993 to 2003.
Meeting with Zhu Ronji
Maurice R. Greenberg with Zhu Ronji, former mayor of Shanghai from 1988 to 1991 and Premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1998 to 2003.
Reopening of 17 The Bund
Maurice R. Greenberg at the grand reopening ceremony of 17 The Bund.
Meeting with Wen Jiabao
Maurice R. Greenberg with Wen Jiabao, the sixth Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
Meeting with Hu Jintao
Maurice R. Greenberg with Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China from 2003 to 2012 and Chairman of the Central Military Commission from 2004 to 2012.
Assist Card Acquisition
Starr Insurance Companies acquires Assist Card in 2011, the largest travel assistance organization in the world.
Japan Branch Opening
Rice Wine Cask-Opening Ceremony for the Starr Insurance Companies Japan branch opening.
Meeting with Xi Jinping and Qian Yingyi
Maurice R. Greenberg with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Qian Yingyi Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.
The Official Commercial Insurance Company of the New York Yankees
Starr Insurance Companies named The Official Commercial Insurance Company of the New York Yankees. Bryan Calka, Vice President, and Russell “Bucky” Dent, former Shortstop, both of the New York Yankees present Maurice R. Greenberg with a customized jersey.
Crain Lifetime Achievement Award
Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman, receives the Crain Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in the insurance and risk management sector.
Mr. Greenberg Awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal
Maurice R. Greenberg was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal by President Xi Jinping. Greenberg was recognized for his role in helping China's economy open up to the world. He was one of only two Americans among ten foreign leaders recognized with this honor.