Western & Southern Turns 130

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Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company based in Cincinnati, celebrated the 130th anniversary of its founding as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company on Feb. 23, 1888.

At its inception, 12 like-minded Cincinnati businessmen shared a vision to create a “human institution serving human needs.” Over the years, the company and its thousands of associates have remained committed to fulfilling that mission by cultivating personal relationships with its policyholders, clients and business partners to understand their unique needs in order to help them achieve their financial goals.


Our 130th anniversary is a time for us to recognize and reflect upon the vision of our leaders and hard work of our associates.

“Our 130th anniversary is a time for us to recognize and reflect upon the vision of our leaders and hard work of our associates, both past and present,” said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. “It is also a time to reaffirm our mission, reinvigorate our passion, and demonstrate our commitment to making life better for our all of our stakeholders as we celebrate our heritage, financial strength and service to our policyholders and clients.”

Since 1888, Western & Southern has grown from a small Midwestern life insurance company selling policies door to door to a leader in the financial services industry. As parent company to a diverse family of businesses, it has close to $75 billion in total assets owned and managed. It has become one of Greater Cincinnati’s most committed corporate citizens, contributing nearly $50 million in donations and corporate sponsorships over the last five years to support local causes and help make Cincinnati the best American city in which to live, work and celebrate life. 

About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48 billion) and managed ($27 billion) total $75 billion as of Dec. 31, 2017. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings and a Comdex Ranking of 96. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC;1 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information on the Western & Southern family of companies, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com), a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

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