Taikang Life Insurance

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Taikang Life Insurance Company Limited
IndustryFinancial services, Life insurance
FounderChen Dongsheng
Area served
People's Republic of China
Key people
Chairman: Mr. Chen Dongsheng Executive VP/CFO: Dr. Jou David
ProductsLife & Health insurance
DivisionsTaikang Asset Management
SubsidiariesTaikang Property Investment Co., Ltd.
Taikang Pension Co., Ltd.

Taikang Life Insurance Company Limited is a Beijing-based, China-incorporated life insurance company, the fourth largest life insurer by premium income in China,[1] offers services ranging from life insurance to asset management. It was founded in 1996 by CEO Chen Dongshen, a businessman related to Mao Zedong. The company has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Hubei, Shandong, Guangdong and in other locations. In 2016, it acquired a 13.5% stake in Sotheby's, becoming the largest shareholder of the New York-based auction company.

Its headquarters is in the Taikang Life Building (泰康人寿大厦) in Xicheng District.[2]


Taikang Life Insurance Co. Ltd. was founded in August 22, 1996, after approval from the People's Bank of China, as a national corporation headquartered in Beijing. Under the guidance of chairman and CEO Chen Dongsheng, Taikang Life Insurance has experienced steady growth from its inception.

From 2006 to 2007, Taikang created the two subsidiaries Taikang Asset Management Co. Ltd. and Taikang Pension Co. Ltd., the former being one of the largest investment corporations in Mainland China (winning the "21st century Gold Shell Prize" in investment performance for four consecutive years) and the latter being one of the first corporations to obtain government approval for the development of a retirement community. Taikang Property Investment Co. Ltd., which focuses on higher risk, opportunistic investments especially in conjunction with real estate and retirement community projects, was created in March 2010. Taikang Life's premium revenue in 2010 totaled 86.8 billion yuan, representing a year-on-year increase of 29%, and after-tax profits totaled 2.1 billion yuan.

In 2011, Goldman Sachs acquired a 12.02% stake (102.48 million shares) in Taikang Life Insurance from AXA Life Ltd.[3] Taikang Life is preparing for an initial public offering on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges.[4]


Taikang Life had end-of-year total assets totaling 350 billion yuan and net company assets totaling 12.5 billion yuan in 2011.[5] Taikang has 35 branches throughout China.[6]


  1. ^ Levin, Ned (Nov 18, 2016). "How a Chinese Company Pressed J.P. Morgan to Make Hires". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Co. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ Home. Taikang Life Insurance. Retrieved on June 22, 2018. "Address: 156 Main Street, Beijing Taikang Life Building" - Chinese address: " 地址: 北京复兴门内大街156号泰康人寿大厦"
  3. ^ Goldman Sachs Agreed to Buy 12.02% of Taikang Life.
  4. ^ Taikang Life Insurance Co. Ltd. Company Information.
  5. ^ "Life Insurance".
  6. ^ Taikang Life Insurance Website.

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