British Insurer To Buy Asian Unit Of AIG

U.S. insurance giant AIG has agreed to sell one of its top performing subsidiaries to British company Prudential. AIG is selling its Asian business for about $35 billion. The move rockets Prudential to a top spot in Asia's insurance market.

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MONTAGNE: The deal involves the infamous AIG. The American insurance company has agreed to sell one of its top-performing subsidiaries to a British company, Prudential. AIG is selling that subsidiary, which is its Asian business, for about $35 billion. The move rockets the British Prudential to a top spot in Asia's insurance market.

AIG will use the money to pay back part of the bailout billions it received from the U.S. government during the financial crisis.

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