OUR HISTORY

A legacy of mutuality

MassMutual was founded on May 15, 1851, for one purpose — to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. A lot has changed since that day, but our spirit of mutuality lives on in everything we do and everything we are. Explore our origins, get to know what we’ve built, and learn about where we’re headed.

We’ve stood by our policyowners and customers during the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and everything in between. That’s over 170 years of people helping people.

Our History

Principled Action Impacts Performance

Investment Philosophy

We’ve learned a lot over the last 171 years

Our approach to investing is like our company: strong and stable. We prioritize diversification, prudence, and value, achieving solid returns even in unpredictable markets. Take a deeper dive into our approach.

Dividends

Long-term vision adds up to long-term value

MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners every year since 18691.

since

1851

we've been helping people secure their financial future and protect the ones they love

more than

$895B

of life insurance protection in force as of 12/31/21

named for the

5th

year in a row as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion according to the Disability Equality Index®

delivered

$7B

in life insurance and annuity benefits paid in 2021

Being mutual guides our actions today, as it has throughout our history.

MassMutual finds ways to help, both expected and unexpected. It’s what we do. It’s why we do it. Living mutual means relying on each other and looking out for one another. It’s a way of doing business. It’s our way of life.

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Purpose continues to power our success

Mutuality is more than a nice idea — it’s a gateway to greater protection, stronger communities, and more secure futures. Our annual report tells the story.

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A better world starts locally

Financial resilience is critical to building strong neighborhoods and communities. The MassMutual Foundation leverages the power of collaboration and social capital to help communities succeed and thrive. Discover how we’re helping to create financially healthy futures for all.

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Taking action today, protecting tomorrow

We’re committed to running our business sustainably so we can serve our policyowners and communities for centuries to come.

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1Dividends are not guaranteed.