Standard Insurance Company

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Standard Insurance Company
IndustryInsurance & Finance
Founded1906; 116 years ago (1906)
FounderLeo Samuel.[1]
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon, USA
Key people
J. Gregory Ness, Executive Chair of the Board
Number of employees

Standard Insurance Company, also branded as The Standard, is an American insurance and financial company which is a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. On July 23, 2015, Meiji Yasuda, a Japanese mutual insurance group, made an offer to purchase Stancorp Financial for $5 billion. The transaction was completed in the first quarter of 2016.[2]

The Standard covers 8.5 million people (June 30, 2008) in the USA through and out of above 30,000 employers with group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D and dental insurance, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities. It is licensed in 49 states and Washington, DC. In New York it has Standard Life Insurance Company of New York. The average loan-to-value ratio on new loans was 64 percent in 2008. Standard Insurance Company has maintained an “A” rating or higher from A.M. Best Company since 1928. Assets $14.56 billion (March 31, 2009). 3,400 employees in 2008. In December 2005 revenue was $2,147,500,000.

On February 24, 1906 Leo Samuel, a German immigrant, founded the Oregon Life Insurance Company.[1][3] In 1946 the company name was changed to Standard Insurance Company.[4]

In 2006, on a 100th anniversary celebration the company launched The Standard Charitable Foundation with emphasis on helping individuals and families who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one.

Standard's headquarters in Portland are located in the Standard Insurance Center. The company also has offices in Standard Plaza. It owns both buildings.


  1. ^ a b About founding and the founder Leo Samuel
  2. ^ "Japan's Meiji Yasuda to buy U.S. insurer StanCorp for $5 billion". reuters. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  3. ^ Standard celebrates its 100-year anniversary. Portland Business Journal, February 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Quick Facts. StanCorp Financial Group. Retrieved on February 28, 2008.