MetLife Inc., is a parent company that includes MetLife Insurance Company and other companies that are affiliated to different financial services. Founded on 24th March, 1868, this company operates in more than 60 countries around the world and has more than 90 million customers. It deals a number of financial products like insurance, employee benefit programs and annuities.
MetLife initially started out as National Union Life and Limb Insurance Company in 1863. This was established by few businessmen of New York City. Together, they invested an amount of $100,000 to start the company. The company was started with the aim of insuring the soldiers who enrolled to participate in the Civil War to give them protection. Later, on March 24th, 1868, the company became completely engrossed in the Life Insurance business and was renamed MetLife Insurance Company.