Athene Holding Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively, Athene) is a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. Athene’s operating subsidiaries1 issue and reinsure these retirement savings products.
Athene was founded in 2009 by James Belardi, former President of SunAmerica Life Insurance Company and now CEO of Athene Holding Ltd., and Chip Gillis, former head of Bear Stearns’ Insurance Solutions Group, who served as CEO of Athene Life Re (ALRe) until his retirement in December 2019.
CEO, Athene Holding
What Drives Us
We are a company driven to do more and never satisfied with the status quo. Drive. Discipline. Confidence. Focus. Commitment. These are the attributes that set Athene apart and establish us as an industry leader.
- A net investment spread business focused on policyholder protection
- Disciplined risk management based on managing interest rate, credit and equity risks as well as liquidity in current and stressed scenarios
- Hiring smart, focused, achievement-oriented employees
- A high quality, liquid, fixed income asset portfolio together with long-term, low-cost retirement savings liabilities
Our operating subsidiaries’ primary business is issuing, reinsuring and acquiring retirement savings products and similar liabilities through our four distribution channels:
- Flow Reinsurance
- Institutional Products, including funding agreements and pension risk transfer transactions
- Mergers & Acquisitions and Block Reinsurance
With our experienced management team, we have grown from a startup in 2009 to $144.2 billion in total assets, $130.7 billion in liabilities and $13.5 billion in total equity.2
We began operating in 2009 when the burdens of the financial crisis and resulting capital demands caused many companies to exit the retirement market, creating the need for a well-capitalized company with an experienced management team to fill the void.
We are relentless when it comes to creating innovative financial solutions and building a strong team to serve our shareholders and policyholders. We are committed to a high level of performance, which is reflected in our brand tagline “Driven to Do More.”
Athene's Initial Public Offering (IPO)
Athene Holding began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on December 9, 2016 under the stock symbol "ATH." Athene’s initial public offering of 31 million class A shares raised $1.1 billion, making Athene the third largest IPO in 2016, according to Inc.com.
Athene's invested assets are managed by Athene Asset Management LLC (AAM), a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management LLC. AAM, based in Los Angeles, specializes in investment solutions for the insurance industry and was founded for the express purpose of providing a full suite of investment management services to Athene.
AAM is a value-oriented investor in corporate credit, private placement, real estate and alternative investments. AAM has the ability to meet varied objectives, such as asset liability management support, income generation and risk-based capital investing. AAM has applied this approach consistently since inception, deploying capital across asset classes.
Since it commenced operations in 2009, Athene has experienced tremendous growth. Today, we are one of the largest fixed index annuity platforms in the United States, based on fixed indexed deferred annuity assets.
Our organic channels include retail, flow reinsurance and institutional products. This is supplemented by our inorganic channel, which includes M&A and block reinsurance.