Standard Bank is a South African-based financial services group with a global presence focused on emerging markets. It operates in 30 countries around the world, including 17 in Africa. The bank was formed in 1962 as a South African subsidiary of the British overseas bank Standard Bank, under the name Standard Bank of South Africa. Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets and earnings.
At the end of 2015 Standard Bank Group controlled assets worth ZAR1,981,085 million (approximately USD164.7 billion).