|Founded||17 May 1845|
(Cape Town, Cape Colony)
|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Trevor Manuel, Chairman |
Iain Williamson, Acting CEO
Savings and investment
|Revenue||R109,877 million (2018)|
|R9,963 million (2018)|
|AUM||R1.04 trillion (2018)|
Number of employees
The company was founded 1845 as a mutual insurance company by John Fairbairn, together with several other prominent Cape Town figures such as the liberal politician Saul Solomon. The original name The Mutual Life Assurance Society of the Cape of Good Hope was changed to The South Africa Mutual Life Assurance Society in 1885.
In 1939, the Old Mutual art deco office opened in Darling Street as the Mutual Building (or, Mutual Gebou in Afrikaans) which has since been converted to residential use and known as "Mutual Heights". In 1956, Old Mutual relocated its head office to Mutualpark in Pinelands which was the largest office block in the southern hemisphere at the time.
In 1970, Old Mutual acquired a major shareholding in the newly formed Mutual & Federal, and later acquiring the remaining shares in 2009. Mutual & Federal was renamed as Old Mutual Insure on 5 June 2017, and is now a part of the Old Mutual Emerging Markets business. 
In 2000, it bought the Gerrard Group, a financial services concern, for $857 million. Capel-Cure Sharp subsequently merged with Greig Middleton, Gerrard Group's private client business. Old Mutual sold Gerrard to Barclays Bank PLC in 2003.
Later in 2000 Old Mutual purchased United Asset Management, based in Boston, for US$1.46 billion in cash and assumed ownership of UAM net debt of around US$769 million, thus acquiring a large and diverse US-based asset manager. Among the holdings of UAM were the PBHG Funds of Pilgrim Baxter & Associates. In 2003, PBA was one of many companies who faced charges related to market timing brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Attorney General of New York. Ultimately, the PBHG Funds (which had been renamed Liberty Ridge) were absorbed into the Old Mutual Funds group.
In 2005, Mike Levett retired as Chairman and was succeeded by Christopher Collins. A Black Economic Empowerment deal was introduced at Old Mutual South Africa, Nedbank and Mutual & Federal in 2005.
In 2006, Old Mutual acquired the Swedish insurer, Skandia, in a $6.5billion deal, bringing additional business in the United Kingdom, several other countries in Europe, in Latin America, the Far East and Australia (which Old Mutual has since exited). Old Mutual also announced its Black Economic Empowerment deal in Namibia.
In 2010, Patrick O'Sullivan became chairman of Old Mutual, succeeding Christopher Collins. That same year, HSBC backed away from its plan to acquire 70% of Nedbank, including Old Mutual's 53% shares. In 2011, Old Mutual sold US Life to Harbinger Group Inc. for $350million.
In 2012, Old Mutual sold its Nordic operations to Skandia Liv for £2.1 billion.
In 2013, Old Mutual acquired the Fairheads Trust Company, one of the oldest trust companies in South Africa, and established the Old Mutual Wealth Trust Company. Old Mutual Wealth Trust Company has two divisions: Old Mutual Wealth Fiduciary and the Old Mutual Wealth Family Office, which continue to work closely with the Fairheads Trust individuals and families with whom it has built relationships over the past 90 years. Old Mutual did not however acquire Fairheads Benefit Services.
As of January 2014, with the additions of attorney Adiba Ighodaro, daughter of Nigeria's 3rd Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and former Wall Street powerhouse Zoe Cruz, Old Mutual's Board became 30% female.
In 2014 Skandia Colombia renamed to Old Mutual Colombia, Provident Life Assurance renamed to Old Mutual Ghana and Skandia UK renamed to Old Mutual Wealth. Later in 2014, Old Mutual Wealth sold Skandia Germany, Skandia Austria and Skandia Poland.
In March 2016, Old Mutual plc announced a new strategy for the Group, called managed separation that seeks to unlock and create value for shareholders. The strategy will entail the separation of its four businesses, Old Mutual Emerging Markets, Nedbank, UK- based Old Mutual Wealth and Boston based Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM) into standalone entities. In August 2016, Old Mutual Investment Group signed a deal with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority to invest $700 million in hospitality, retail, commercial sectors, and food security, and sold its Italian wealth management arm to the ERGO Group for €278 million.
A significant strategic milestone was reached during the first half of 2017 with the announcement of a series of transactions that will once completed, reduce Old Mutual plc’s stake in OM Asset Management (OMAM) to 5.5%. OMAM is now independent from Old Mutual plc. Additionally in 2017, Old Mutual completed the sale of Indian based Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Ltd.
In June 2018 the company underwent the execution of its managed separation strategy. Old Mutual plc shares were de-listed and Old Mutual Limited and Quilter plc, now independent businesses, listed on the Johannesburg, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibian and London Stock Exchanges. On 15 October 2018, Old Mutual unbundled their majority shareholding in Nedbank to its shareholders, marking a total distribution to Old Mutual shareholders worth approximately R43.2 billion and the completion of Old Mutual Group’s Managed Separation. 
In 2018, Old Mutual’s head office became located at No 1 Mutual place, Sandton, Johannesburg.
In April 2019 the company sold its Latin American businesses to Lily Bermuda Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore based CMIG International Holding.
In May 2019 Peter Moyo was suspended as CEO due to "a material breakdown in trust and confidence between him and the board" and Iain Williamson, previously COO was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer.
The structure of the business is as follows:
- Old Mutual South Africa
- Old Mutual Investment Group
- Old Mutual Insure
- Old Mutual Wealth (South Africa)
- Old Mutual Botswana
- Old Mutual Ghana
- Old Mutual Malawi
- Old Mutual Namibia
- Old Mutual Nigeria
- Old Mutual Swaziland
- Old Mutual Zimbabwe
- UAP Old Mutual Group
- Old Mutual-Guodian (China)
Old Mutual and its subsidiaries are involved in a number of sponsorships worldwide:
- The Old Mutual National Choir Festival (South Africa)
- The Old Mutual Soweto Marathon (South Africa)
- The Old Mutual Victory Race (Namibia)
Old Mutual South Africa awards a number of bursaries every year for exceptional matriculants and actuarial students at South African universities. It also offers part-qualified actuarial employees study leave before actuarial exams. Actuarial students are also typically awarded salary increases following exam passes.
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