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

Mercury Milestones

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Mercury Founder

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
High Five

1970

$1 million in written premium in a single month

Homeowners

1972

Mercury begins selling homeowners insurance

Discussion

1978

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

CA

Mid 80s

Largest PPA in CA

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

IPO

1985

Initial public offering

Mercury goes public at $19/share

GA and IL States

1989

Georgia and Illinois expansion

Stock Exchange

1996

  • Listed on New York Stock Exchange for trading

  • Oklahoma and Texas expansion

Premium Growth

1997

$1 billion in annual net premiums written

Florida expansion

1998

Florida expansion

New York and Virginia expansion

2001

New York and Virginia expansion

New Jersey expansion

2003

  • New Jersey expansion

  • $2 billion in annual net premiums written

rizona and Nevada expansion

2004

Arizona and Nevada expansion

premiums

2006

$3 billion in annual net premiums written

Acquires AIS

2009

Acquires Auto Insurance Specialists (AIS)

Birthday

2012

Celebrates 50th anniversary

handshake

2013

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

Acquires Workmen’s Auto Insurance Company

2015

Acquires Workmen’s Auto Insurance Company

Forbes

2016

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

Best Midsize Employers

2019

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