The Mutual of Omaha insurance company, founded in 1909, is based in Omaha, Nebraska. As of 2015, the company has more than 3.4 million customers for its various individual products and it employs almost 4,900 people, according to the company website. Mutual of Omaha, which is a Fortune 500 company, sells its products in all 50 states.
Mutual of Omaha sponsors many athletes, events and organizations, including USA Swimming, Andretti Autosport and a dozen professional golfers, including Ryan Armour, Bud Cauley, Russell Knox, Henrik Stenson and Jason Bohn. As an insurance company, Mutual of Omaha receives high ratings from leading agencies, and it carries a statutory surplus of $2.7 billion, notes the company website. More than 28,000 employers use Mutual of Omaha insurance and financial products, serving more than 8.2 million members.
Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" TV series, which premiered in January 1963, was a pioneer nature adventure reality show that employed host zoologist Marlin Perkins to present close-up views of nature and animals. Naturalist Jim Fowler began with the show in 1963 and continues with it as of 2015, according to Wild Kingdom. "Wild Kingdom" specials about cheetahs and other animals have appeared on the Animal Planet cable network, and "Wild Kingdom" itself continues as a web series.