On August 27, 2016, CBRE celebrates the 110th anniversary of our company’s founding in the U.S. Our roots date back to an ambitious young man, Colbert Coldwell, who started his business in San Francisco, California, just a few months after the catastrophic earthquake of 1906 leveled the city. Today the company is the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world. Explore CBRE’s rich history and 110-year tradition of service excellence below.

CBRE 110 Years in the U.S.

How the Great Earthquake of 1906 Started It All

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. It also holds some great significance for CBRE.

Building the Company on Integrity: Coldwell and Banker

Coldwell founded his company on a revolutionary philosophy: integrity, ethics and the clients’ best interests. Banker shared these values, that CBRE’s people are still dedicated to 110 years later.

He Put the "RE" in CBRE

Before the American Declaration of Independence, a man set up shop in London, working as an “upholder.” He had one apprentice, his nephew Richard Ellis who took over the business. Their legacy lives on in CBRE.