Friday SWFI News Roundup, October 31, 2014

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In London: We had over US$ 2.7 trillion in public asset owner capital in the audience.

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Photo: Gerard Lyons addressing delegates of asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, pensions and policymakers.

Harrods Pays £118 Million Dividend to Qatar Holding

Harrods, a luxury department business, paid a £118 million dividend to its owner Qatar Holding, a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). For 2014, Harrods posted record sales and profits, turnover increased by 10% to £843 million. Qatar Holding acquired Harrods in 2010 from Mohamed Al Fayed.

Most of Rosneft’s Aid Request to be Denied

Rosneft, an integrated oil company majority owned by the Russian government, filed a request for over 2 trillion rubles (US$ 48 billion) from Russia’s National Welfare Fund. Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev, on October 29th, addressed the media, “We’ll work with the company (Rosneft). The request in its current form does not comply with the requirements, which are set to projects entitled to financing from the National Welfare Fund because it actually aims to cover the company’s financial gaps as a whole and with regard to its investment program.”

GIC Invests in Turkish Real Estate Firm

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired a 20% stake in Rönesans Gayrimenkul Yatýrým A.S., a Turkish real estate firm for €250 million. The Turkish firm has 25 properties in its portfolio. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

CPPIB Invests Big in Brazil

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