A long worldwide history

1822? 1848? 1966? 2000? When was the BNP Paribas Group established?

As one of the youngest European banks, BNP Paribas saw the light of day in 2000 as a result of the merger of Paribas investment bank and BNP, the Number 1 bank in France. Société BNP, the core base on which the Group was formed, was established in 1966 after the merger of CNEP and BNCI, two banks whose origins date back to 1848. The oldest company in the Group is the Belgian subsidiary BNP Paribas Fortis whose roots date from 1822.

From India to China, through, among others, the United States, Australia, Tunisia, Belgium and France, the Group’s long history is punctuated by developments, crises, rebirths, innovations and fruitful consolidations amount to nearly two centuries of banking enterprises at the heart of the European and global economy.

Find out more about the four main periods of BNP Paribas history