Qatar Investment Authority

State of Qatar US$ 335 Billion Origin: Oil & Gas

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Established: 2005
Transparency Rating: 5
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Firm Investment Style: Portfolio
Entity Structure: Fund
Population Est.: 1.9 million – 2013
Wealth Per Capita Est.: US$ 134,737

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Main Office

Qatar Investment Authority
P.O. Box 23224
Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 44995900
Fax: +974 4995991

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Summary

Prior to establishment of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in 2005, Qatar’s Ministry of Finance had a small in-house team to invest revenue from budget surpluses. The Qatar Investment Authority was founded by the government of Qatar to strengthen the country’s economy by diversifying into new asset classes, strategies and investments.

Qatar is one of the largest exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) thus giving them a commodity surplus of wealth. The Qatar Investment Authority is a sovereign wealth fund that invests domestically and internationally to curtail reliance on energy price volatility.


Background on the Qatar Investment Authority

Before the discovery of oil, most economic activity in the areas was entrepot trading, nomadic herding, smuggling, little fishing, pearling and subsistence farming. Trade was conducted by the universal Indian merchants. In 1948, Qatar began producing oil. During that time, all oil was produced by foreign-owned companies, operating under concessionary agreements. In the early 2000s, the government of Qatar was laying the groundwork for the QIA. In 2003, the entity began to make hires before formally launching.

According to its constitutive instrument, the Qatar Investment Authority’s objectives are to develop, invest and manage the state reserve funds and other property assigned to it by the government via the Qatar Supreme Council of Economic Affairs and Investments.


Qatar – Total Reserves including Gold

Source: QCB – Billions USD, Annual Series

Historical Assets Under Management on Qatar Investment Authority

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