1773 – William Ellis sets up as an "upholder and appraiser," in London. A few years later employing his nephew, Richard Ellis as his apprentice. The Ellis family continuously ran and expanded the firm until 1938.
1906 – Colbert Coldwell founded Tucker, Lynch & Coldwell in San Francisco, CA.
1995 – Acquisition of Westmark Realty Advisors. Expands investment management capabilities, now known as CBRE Investors.
1996 – Acquisition of LJ Melody & Co. Becomes a major originator and servicer of US commercial mortgages. Now known as CBRE Melody.
1997 – Acquisition of Koll Real Estate Services. Becomes a leader in property and facilities management.
1998 – Acquisition of Richard Ellis operations outside the UK. Name changed to CB Richard Ellis. Operations in 29 countries. Acquisition of Hillier Parker in the United Kingdom.
1999 – CBRE operates in more than 250 local markets. CBRE forms partnership with Ikoma, establishing CBRE presence in Japan.
2001 – Management Buy-Out takes the company private.
2003 – Acquisition of Insignia. Becomes the industry’s premier service provider, with leading operations in New York and London. Reunites CB Richard Ellis global brand name.
2004 – CBRE launches initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange as “CBRE.” Revenue surpasses $2.0 billion.
2005 – CBRE enters Fortune 1000 list at number 676, and is added to Russell 1000 index.
2006 – CBRE celebrates its 100th anniversary. CBRE named to S & P 500. Acquisition of Trammell Crow Company.
2007 – CBRE named to BusinessWeek’s 50 Best in Class Companies. CBRE named one of Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
2008 – CBRE becomes first commercial real estate service provider included in the Fortune 500.
2011 – CBRE acquires ING’s real estate investment management business in Europe and Asia and its listed securities business. CBRE ranked real estate industry’s top outsourcing company by IAOP. Changes its name to CBRE Group, Inc.
2012 – CBRE is the first real estate services firm ranked among top five outsourcing firms across all industries by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.
2013 – CBRE acquires Norland Managed Services Ltd, the leading provider of building technical engineering services in the U.K. and Ireland. Acquisition boosts occupier outsourcing business in Europe. CBRE voted Euromoney’s global real estate advisor of the year for second consecutive year.
2015 – CBRE acquired Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) from Johnson Controls. GWS is a leading provider of integrated facilities management solutions on a global basis.
2016 – Forbes named CBRE America's 15th Best Employer. Fortune named CBRE one of the Most Admired Companies in the real estate sector for the fourth year in a row.
2017 – CBRE has been voted the industry’s top brand by the Lipsey Company for 16 consecutive years.