The group brushed aside this year's currency turmoil across emerging markets as short-term challenges and said it stands to benefit when these regions adjust to life after America's multi-billion dollar money-printing drive is withdrawn.
A surge in earnings across Asia and the US helped offset tougher conditions in the UK, where earnings flat-lined after being hit by last year's industry shake-up on financial advice.
Profits in the UK were flat at £706 million in 2013, while retail sales tumbled 23% to £176 million as the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) hurt sales of investment and with-profit bonds.
Prudential claimed it was a "resilient performance" from the UK arm amid an industry facing "considerable regulatory change".
Shares rose more than 3% as it reported an overall operating profit haul of £2.95 billion for 2013 after seeing double digit increases in earnings across Asia and the US - up 17% on an underlying basis to £1 billion and 29% at £1.2 billion respectively.