The 12 Biggest Sovereign Wealth Funds In The World

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Just how rich are those Middle Eastern oil titans? And how much cash does the Chinese government really have to throw around?Sovereign wealth funds have become major players in the world, buying large stakes in companies and giving governments’ exposure to sectors they may otherwise be unable to achieve.

The SWF institute has done research into the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the world, and with a total of $4 trillion in assets under management, the sector has quite a few titans.

We’ve outlined the biggest here, including who runs the show, and where they get their money from.

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title=”#12 Qatar Investment Authority”
content=”Assets: $85 billion

How’s it financed: Oil

Fund manager: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#11 National Welfare Fund”
content=”Assets: $142.5 billion

How’s it financed: Oil

Fund manager: Kairat Kelimbetov

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#10 Temasek Holdings”
content=”Assets: $145.3 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Ding Wei

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#10 National Social Security Fund”
content=”Assets: $146.5 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Dai Xianglong

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#9 Kuwait Investment Authority”
content=”Assets: $202.8 billion

How’s it financed: Oil

Fund manager: Mustafa Jassem Al‐Shimali

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#7 Government of Singapore Investment Corporation”
content=”Assets: $247.5 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#6 Hong Kong Monetary Authority Investment Portfolio”
content=”Assets: $292.3 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Norman Chan

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#5 China Investment Company”
content=”Assets: $332.4 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Lou Jiwei

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#4 SAFE Investment Company”
content=”Assets: $347.1 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund manager: Guo Shuqing

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#3 SAMA Foreign Holdings”
content=”Assets: $439.1 billion

How’s it financed: Oil

Fund manager: Dr. Al-Jasser

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#2 Government Pension Fund – Global”
content=”Assets: $556.8 billion

How’s it financed: Non-commodity

Fund Manager: Norges Bank Investment Management

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”#1 Abu Dhabi Investment Authority”
content=”Assets: $627 billion

How’s it financed: Oil

Fund manager: Khalifa Mohammed al-Kindi

Source: SWF Institute
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title=”What about those countries in less fortunate financial situations?”
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