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Chinese online insurer leaves traditional rivals in the dust

Powerful owners give Zhong An advantage with data and technology

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Zhong An Online's most popular policies cover shipping costs for unsatisfied online shoppers.   © Reuters

Zhong An is the largest insurance company in the world that you have never heard of.

It is an "anywhere, anything, anytime" insurance company with no agents. It receives its data on individuals and companies from its well-placed shareholders: Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and Ping An Insurance Group. It has access to a vast treasure trove of data, allowing it to pioneer new ways of calculating how to protect people, and its shareholders, against bad outcomes.

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