Few companies of CBRE's size can boast such a long history, strengthened by a corporate culture that is both American and European. 
 
  • 1773: In London, Richard Ellis founds an auction house for agricultural land. 
  • 1906: CB (Coldwell & Banker) founded in San Francisco by Colbert Coldwell. The two real estate agents Coldwell & Banker launch their business amid the ruins of a San Francisco devastated by earthquake and fire.
  • 1954: Foundation of Bourdais in Paris
  • 1969: First office opened in France by Richard Ellis.
  • 1998: CB Commercial acquires Richard Ellis, which becomes CB Richard Ellis. The company is active in 29 countries. 
  • 2001: France's four largest commercial real estate brokers, including CB Richard Ellis, create an economic interest group known as Immostat. Data about transactions, take up and investments is pooled. 
  • 2001-2002: Bourdais acquired by the US concern Insignia Financial Group, creating Insignia Bourdais.
  • 2003: CB Richard Ellis merges with Insignia Financial Group to become the global leader in commercial real estate services
  • 2004: CB Richard Ellis listed on the NY Stock Exchange.
  • 2006: Trammel Crow acquired by CB Richard Ellis.
  • 2010: CBRE becomes carbon neutral.
  • 2015: CBRE acquires the Global Workplace Solutions business from Johnson Controls.