Citizens was founded by Harold E. Riley in 1969, with the belief that life insurance provides an essential layer of security for individuals and their families.
Prior to our formation, Mr. Riley had many years of experience in the international and domestic life insurance business. Citizens and its insurance subsidiaries have experienced growth through acquisitions in the domestic market and through market expansion in the international markets. Citizens has almost 50 years of experience providing peace of mind and financial security to individuals and families around the world.
Based upon a conviction that life insurance policies have a living benefit, the Company began selling whole-life, guaranteed cash value products in the state of Texas in 1969 focused upon helping clients create an income they cannot outlive. Shortly thereafter, we began acquiring US-based life insurance companies as an additional dimension to our growth and development.
Citizens became a publicly traded company through an acquisition in 1987on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CIA. On August 22, 2002, Citizens was asked to begin trading on the prestigious New York Stock Exchange by ringing the Opening Bell.