Manulife Financial Corporation (TSX:_MFC, NYSE:_MFC, PSE:_MFC, SEHK:_945) is a Canadian insurance company and financial services provider. Manulife Financial's global head office is located in Toronto, Canada and the Company has operations in 21 countries and territories worldwide. The Company operates in Canada and Asia through the brand name _Manulife Financial_ and in the United States primarily through its John Hancock division. Manulife Financial is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world as measured by market capitalization. Manulife currently has approximately 26,000 employees world-wide. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company was founded in 1887. Its first president was the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald. In 1897, Manulife Financial expanded its operations into Asia, including China and Hong Kong. In 1999, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company_s voting eligible policyholders approved demutualization.
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