In 2013, CBRE acquired Norland Managed Services Ltd, the leading technical building services provider in Great Britain and Ireland. This allowed for significant strengthening of the European outsourcing platform for building users.
In 2014, CBRE Germany acquired VALTEQ Gesellschaft mbH and PREUSS group. VALTEQ focuses on technical and environmental due diligence in the commercial real estate sector, and PREUSS specializes in project management services, in particular for new property developments and the renovation of large properties. These services perfectly round off the CBRE range of services.
In 2015, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) was acquired from Johnson Controls. GWS is a leading worldwide provider of integrated facility management solutions. In this year, revenue exceeded 10 billion dollars for the first time.
In 2016, CBRE was listed in 15th place in the Forbes Magazine ranking of the best US employers. In the same year, CBRE also landed in second place (of 500 companies) in Barron’s rankings, and Fortune magazine selected CBRE for the fourth time in a row as one of ‘Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies’ in real estate.
At the beginning of 2017, both CBRE subsidiaries – VALTEQ GESELLSCHAFT mbH and PREUSS GmbH – merged to form CBRE PREUSS VALTEQ GmbH and create a CBRE Building Consultancy & Project Management division in Germany.
1773: In London, William Ellis sets up as an ‘upholder and appraiser’. After a few years, he takes on his nephew Richard Ellis as an apprentice. The company remains in the Ellis family until 1938 and grows continuously.
1906: In San Francisco, Colbert Coldwell founded ‘Tucker, Lynch & Coldwell’, a company that later becomes known as Coldwell, Banker & Company and then CB Commercial.
1995: Acquisition of Westmark Realty Advisors. This adds investment management to the CBRE portfolio. Today, these services are provided by the CBRE Investors branch.
1996: Acquisition of LJ Melody & Co., and the company grows into an important US mortgage banking vendor and administrator. This branch is known today as CBRE Melody.
1997: Acquisition of Koll Real Estate Services, a leading provider of real estate management and facility management.
1998: Acquisition of Richard Ellis operations outside of Great Britain. Name change to CB Richard Ellis, or CBRE for short. Presence in 29 countries.
1998: Acquisition of Hillier Parker in Great Britain.
1999: CBRE is active in more than 250 local markets. Presence in Japan following the partnership with Ikoma.
2001: After a management buyout, CBRE is reprivatized.
2003: Acquisition of Insignia. CBRE becomes a leading real estate service provider, with important offices in New York and London. Consolidation of CB Richard Ellis as a uniform brand recognized around the world.
2004: CBRE is quoted on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time, with the ticker symbol ‘CBG’. Revenue increased to over 2 billion dollars.
2005: CBRE rises to 676th place in the Fortune 1000 list and is included in the Russell 1000 index.
2006: CBRE turns 100 years old – and celebrates with inclusion in the S&P 500.
2006: Acquisition of Trammell Crow Company.
2007: Businessweek includes CBRE in its list of the 50 best-in-industry companies, and according to Fortune Magazine, CBRE is one of the 100 fastest-growing companies.
2008: CBRE is the first service provider for commercial real estate in the Fortune 500 list.
2011: CBRE acquires the European and Asian real estate investment company of ING and its listed securities division.
2011: The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) selects CBRE as the best real estate outsourcing service provider.
2011: Name change to CBRE Group, Inc.
2012: CBRE is the first real estate service provider in the top 5 of the IAOP ranking of best cross-sector outsourcing companies.
2013: CBRE acquires Norland Managed Services Ltd, the leading technical building services provider in Great Britain and Ireland.
2013: The economics and finance magazine Euromoney lists CBRE as the world’s best real estate consultant for the second time in a row.
2014: For the fourth time, CBRE is selected by Fortune as the real estate service provider of the year. CBRE Germany acquires VALTEQ Gesellschaft mbH and PREUSS group.
2015: CBRE acquires Global Workplace Solutions (GWS), a world-leading provider of integrated facility management solutions, from Johnson Controls.
2016: Forbes magazine lists CBRE in 15th place in its ranking of the best US employers. For the fourth time in a row, Fortune magazine selects CBRE as one of ‘Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies’ in real estate.
2017: For the 16th year in a row, CBRE is selected by Lipsey Company as the best brand in the real estate sector.
The CBRE subsidiaries VALTEQ GESELLSCHAFT mbH and PREUSS GmbH merge to form CBRE PREUSS VALTEQ GmbH and create a CBRE Building Consultancy & Project Management division in Germany.