Auto insurance is a multi-billion dollar industry.

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What is insurance?

Insurance is a system in which groups of people who have similar chances of suffering a loss transfer their risk of loss to an insurer, who pools the risk of many people together. In exchange for payment of premium, the insurer promises to reimburse the person for their covered losses.

What is auto insurance?

It is an agreement between you and your insurer in which you pay the insurance company a certain amount of money and, in return, the company will protect you from major financial losses due to an accident for a given period of time.

U.S. Insurance Industry Facts

  • Insurance generates more than $1.1 trillion.
  • Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance is a $442 billion industry (2011 net premiums written).
  • Personal auto insurance is a $163.3 billion industry sector.
  • Life / health (L/H) insurance is a $619+ billion industry.
  • In 2010, insurance carriers and related activities totaled 2.8% of the U.S. gross domestic product.
  • In 2011, there were 2,686 P&C and 1,013 L/H insurance companies.
  • In 2011, more than 2.3 million Americans worked in the insurance industry; close to 600,000 people worked for P&C insurers.

Information current as of August 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Facts

  • Berkshire Hathaway is the largest global property/casualty insurer in the world (based on 2011 revenues of $143.6 billion).
  • Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group/General Re Corp. is the 3rd largest global writer of reinsurance (2011 net reinsurance premiums of $14.6 billion).
  • Berkshire Hathaway is the 5th largest American corporation in the U.S., according to the 2013 Fortune 500 annual ranking.

Sources: Insurance Information Institute, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Highline Data, LLC and FORTUNE Magazine.

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