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Jack Byrne Adopts 10b5-1 Plan

March 8, 2005 at 4:47 PM EST

HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 8, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) announced today that Jack Byrne, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors and its former Chairman and CEO, has adopted a prearranged trading plan in accordance with guidelines specified by Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Company's policies with respect to insider sales.

Under this plan, Mr. Byrne may sell up to 40,000 common shares over a six- month period commencing in April, subject to market conditions and the terms of the plan. In addition, Mr. Byrne sold 5,000 shares on March 7th. If all the planned sales of shares under this plan are completed, Mr. Byrne, his family and family trusts and foundations would continue to beneficially own approximately 1.6 million common shares of the Company.

Mr. Byrne said, "I remain confident about White Mountains' management and future. I have adopted this plan on the recommendation of my financial advisors as a way of achieving a small measure of diversification of my family's investments. These sales represent less than 3% of my family's total White Mountains holdings."


White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol "WTM". Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's web site located at

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David Foy

Tel: (203) 453-1681

SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

David Foy of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., +1-203-453-1681