SBI Life Insurance

    SBI Life Insurance is a joint venture life insurance company between State Bank of India (SBI), the largest state-owned banking and financial services company in India, and BNP Paribas Assurance. SBI owns 74% of the total capital and BNP Paribas Assurance the remaining 26% of the capital. SBI Life Insurance has an authorized capital of INR20 billion (US$320 million)and a paid up capital of INR10 billion (US$160 million).When the government of India opened the life insurance sector to private companies, SBI started SBI Life as a joint venture with BNP Paribas in 2001. While in its initial stage its business was mainly from bancassurance channel, now it is developing its own agency team for selling its life insurance products.