Our Story

Trusted by millions of drivers since 1962.

A Vision of the Future

George Joseph founded Mercury Insurance on the belief that he could offer consumers quality insurance products at affordable rates and combine that with top-notch customer service. 

And more than 55 years later, this vision is still very much a part of the way we do business today.

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George Joseph Portrait

Mercury Milestones

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1962

Sold first policy

  • Mercury General Corporation, founded by Mr. George Joseph, sells its first policy
  • We began with just six team members and 90 agents
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1970

$1 million in written premium in a single month

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1972

Mercury begins selling homeowners insurance

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1978

Establishes insurance industry’s first Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to fight insurance fraud

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Mid 80s

Largest PPA in CA

Mercury becomes the largest independent agency writer of private passenger auto insurance in California

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1985

Initial public offering

Mercury goes public at $19/share

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1989

Georgia and Illinois expansion

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1996

  • Listed on New York Stock Exchange for trading

  • Oklahoma and Texas expansion

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1997

$1 billion in annual net premiums written

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1998

Florida expansion

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2001

New York and Virginia expansion

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2003

  • New Jersey expansion

  • $2 billion in annual net premiums written

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2004

Arizona and Nevada expansion

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2006

$3 billion in annual net premiums written

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2009

Acquires Auto Insurance Specialists (AIS)

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2012

Celebrates 50th anniversary

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2013

Named by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies

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2015

Acquires Workmen’s Auto Insurance Company

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2016

Named by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies for the 3rd time!

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2019

Named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes for the 3rd year in a row!