CBRE Group

CBRE Group, Inc.
Formerly called
CBRE Group
Traded as NYSE: CBG
S&P 500 Component
Industry Real Estate
Founded 1906
Number of locations
372 (2015)
Area served
Key people
Products Commercial real estate services
Revenue Increase US$11.0 billion (2015)
Increase US$792.3 million (2014)
Increase US$ 513.5 million (2014)
Total assets Increase US$7.7 billion (2014)
Total equity Increase US$2.3 billion (2014)
Number of employees
70,000 (2016)
Footnotes / references
Number of employees, number of locations;[1] financials (revenue, income, assets, equity)[2]

CBRE Group, Inc. is an American commercial real estate company with headquarters in Los Angeles, California. As of its successful 2011 bid to acquire part of ING, CBRE was the world's largest real estate investment manager. CBRE was ranked at 363 in the Fortune 500 in 2014[3] and was the highest-ranked company in the real estate sector.[4]


Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Tucker, Lynch & Coldwell was established on August 27, 1906, and renamed Coldwell, Banker & Company in 1940. In 1989, in a leveraged buyout, CB Commercial was spun off as a privately held company, CB Commercial Real Estate Group Inc., from Coldwell Banker which, after financial difficulties, was later acquired by Realogy.[5] Following CB Commercial’s 1998 acquisition of Richard Ellis International Limited, which traced its roots to London in 1773, the company changed its name to CB Richard Ellis.

In June 2004, CBRE began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2005, CBRE was first recognized as a Fortune 1000 company, and in 2006 it was added to the S&P 500.[6] In late 2006, CBRE merged with Trammell Crow Company in a transaction valued at $2.2 billion.[7]

In February 2011, CBRE won in auction the right to buy ING's real estate investment management business in Europe and Asia (Asia acquisition completed in October 2011)[1] as well as ING's United States–based Clarion Real Estate Securities division, making CBRE the "world's biggest real estate investment manager".[8] The agreement also included ING's listed securities business.[8]

The company changed its name to CBRE Group, Inc. on October 3, 2011.[1] This change was made to bring the formal name of the company into alignment with the well recognized "CBRE" brand.[1]

Business model

In real estate, as of 2011, CBRE's approach has been to invest in "properties that need upgrading before they are sold".[8] The company's acquisition of ING Asian real estate assets was consistent with this in that, though ING's approach to real estate has in general been to "invest in properties with a steady cash flow as well as listed real estate securities", the Asian property business included a significant stake in "properties that need upgrading".[8]


Real estate investment operations reside in CBRE Investors, a wholly owned subsidiary of CBRE Group.[8] As of 2011, the CBRE Investors unit had US$37,600,000,000 of assets under management.[8]

Corporate governance

Chief executive officer Jim Didion (1990's)[9]Ray Wirta ( –2005)[9]Brett White (2005–2012)[9]Bob Sulentic (2013– )[9]
Chief operating officer Mike Laffite (2013– )[10][11]
Chief financial officer Bob Sulentic (2009-2010)[9][12]Gil Borok (2010-2014)[12]Jim Groch (2014-)[13]
Chairman of the board Ray Wirta (2014– )[14]
President Brett White (2001–2005)[9]Bob Sulentic (2010–2013)[9][12]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Crowe, Deborah (October 3, 2011). "CB Richard Ellis Group Changes Name". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  2. "CBRE Group, Inc. Reports 2014 Revenue Growth Of 26% And 25% For Fourth Quarter". Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  3. "Cbre Group Inc (CBG) Stock Updates and News - Fortune". Fortune.
  4. "Fortune 500 list - CBRE". Fortune. 2013. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
  5. "Restructuring (CB Commercial Real Estate Group Incl)". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 1991.
  6. "CB Richard Ellis to Replace BellSouth in S&P 500 (Update1)". October 11, 2006.
  7. Haddad, Annette (November 1, 2006). "CB Richard Ellis to buy major rival". latimes.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Kreijger, Gilbert; Jonas, Ilaina (February 15, 2011). Webb, Sara; Kerr, Ted; Hill, Gary, eds. "CB Richard Ellis to buy ING real estate arm". Reuters. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Drummer, Randyl (May 8, 2012). "CBRE President Robert Sulentic To Succeed Retiring CEO Brett White". CoStar Group. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  10. Staff (October 2, 2013). "CBRE creates new job at the helm of global valuation sector". Real Estate Wkly. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  11. Carlisle, Candace (July 26, 2012). "Mike Lafitte named global president of CBRE services". Dallas Bus. J. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  12. 1 2 3 Forbes, Laurie (March 5, 2010). "CBRE Names CFO; Turns Over Reins of Private Client Group". CoStar Group. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  13. "CFO Moves – week ending February 28, 2014".
  14. "CBRE: Investor Relations - Corporate Governance - Biography".
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