"...vowed to propel the travel insurance industry forward by providing only the highest quality products, as straightforwardly as possible, and to ease the burden of global citizens."
The G1G story begins on a somber note, but the resulting experience was one that defined our mission.
It was the year 1983, and Zain Jeewanjee came to the United States to get one of his children the most specialized treatment available for a rare muscular disease. The treatment didn't work out, and he returned homen (stayed in the states) devastated, having lost a child. Mislead to believe that his son’s procedures were covered under his travel insurance policy, he also found himself with $200,000 in unexpected medical debt, resulting in the need to dissolve his various entrepreneurial endeavors back home in the subcontinent, including a fashion line he started at the young age of 16.
All through his childhood, Zain had been groomed and mentored for business by his grandfather, Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee - a politician, merchant and philanthropist who helped develop modern-day Kenya. Having grown up watching Alibhai use his strong business acumen for good, Zain was determined to do the same. Now realizing the complexity of insurance jargon - especially for people traveling overseas, whose primary language isn't English - he vowed to propel the industry forward and ease the burden on global citizens by offering the highest quality products in the most straightforward way imaginable, in hopes that no one else would have to endure the suffering that he and his family were put through. With that goal in mind, and the added motivation to improve an industry that was - and still is, to an extent - averse to change, G1G was born in 1985.
After many years of hard work and dedication, Zain finally took a backseat at G1G, passing the torch to his son, Zubair Jeewanjee. Elected to CEO by the board of directors in 2012, Zubair shares the same commitment to the core principles of consumer empowerment, and has put together a stellar team to carry out those principles.
What We Do
Over the years, it became clear that an aggregation-based model would the be ideal way for our clients to choose insurance policies suited to their needs. Consumer empowerment has always been the spirit of G1G, and in 1997 - in a world before widespread e-commerce - G1G became the world's first online insurance aggregator, very much like popular airline and hotel booking websites of today. As we came to realize that every journey is unique in very many ways, we began exploring new ways to connect our diverse customer base of travelers, immigrants, green card holders, international students, foreign nationals and even expats, to specifically tailored plans. In 1999, G1G began working directly with underwriters to design products that they knew travelers and visitors wanted.
Since its inception over 3 decades ago, G1G has continued to revolutionize the industry by being the only aggregator to operate a customer portal, placing all of the users primary needs in one place. In spite of considerable growth and expansion, G1G has always placed customer service first - more so than anyone else in the travel and visitor insurance space. In fact, even though other providers such as Visitors Coverage and Insubuy got their start at G1G, we have continued to innovate and disrupt the market by reimagining the way travel insurance can be delivered to the end user in ways no competition can. Simply put, no one knows the market as well as its founders and no one else shares G1G's values and mission.
Today - with its abundant history and experience - G1G is far from the start up it once was. Yet, we consider ourselves something of a re-start up. Rebranded for the modern travel industry with the core focus on user experience, we embrace the latest ideas from the neighboring tech industry and use that to make the process of connecting you with a plan that fits your needs quick, easy, and straight forward. In keeping with our company motto, we want you to do what we strive to accomplish every single day - enjoy the journey.