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Janet Cowell
North Carolina Treasurer
North Carolina Retirement Systems

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SWFI is pleased to once again, welcome Janet Cowell to the Public Investor 100. Since her last appearance in the rankings, North Carolina Retirement Systems’ asset under management has mushroomed to over US$ 90 billion, with a 15.88% return for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Although she has received some criticisms about her commitment to alternatives, including hedge funds and VC firms, she refuses to budge. Her Innovation Fund has already returned 15%, and her office is currently investigating starting another Innovation Fund to bolster returns and bring jobs to the state of North Carolina.

Cowell is the state Treasurer of North Carolina and the sole trustee of N.C. Retirement Systems.

RANK Name Title(s) Organization / Fund Name Country of Origin
1 André Bourbonnais Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Investments Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Canada
2 Ding Xuedong Chairman China Investment Corporation China
3 Ron Mock Chief Executive Officer Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Canada
4 Yngve Slyngstad Chief Executive Officer Norges Bank Investment Management Norway
5 Michael Kennedy Chairman Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board United States
6 Wan-Sun Hong Chief Investment Officer National Pension Service South Korea
7 Thomas DiNapoli New York State Comptroller New York State and Local Retirement System United States
8 Rosemary Vilgan Chief Executive Officer State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme Australia
9 Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Managing Director Abu Dhabi Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
10 Takahiro Mitani President Government Pension Investment Fund Japan
11 Eduard van Gelderen Chief Investment Officer APG Asset Management Netherlands
12 Lim Boon Heng Chairman Temasek Holdings Singapore
13 Tay Lim Hock President, GIC Special Investments GIC Private Limited Singapore
14 David Neal Managing Director Future Fund Australia
15 Christopher Ailman Chief Investment Officer California State Teachers’ Retirement System United States
16 Adrian Orr Chief Executive Officer New Zealand Superannuation Fund New Zealand
17 Thomas Britton Harris IV Chief Investment Officer Teacher Retirement System of Texas United States
18 Janet Cowell North Carolina Treasurer North Carolina Retirement Systems United States
19 Roger Gray Chief Investment Officer Universities Superannuation Scheme United Kingdom
20 David Goerz Executive Vice President, Investment Strategy and Risk Management Alberta Investment Management Corporation Canada
21 Steve Moise State Investment Officer New Mexico State Investment Council United States
22 Ron Schmitz Chief Investment Officer Virginia Retirement System United States
23 William J. Coaker Jr. Chief Investment Officer San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System United States
24 Bader Mohammad Al-Sa’ad Chairman and Managing Director Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait
25 Ahmad Al-Sayed Chief Executive Officer Qatar Investment Authority Qatar
26 Hank Ahn Chairman and CEO Korea Investment Corporation South Korea
27 Réal Desrochers Senior Investment Officer for the Private Equity California Public Employees’ Retirement System United States
28 Mats Andersson Chief Executive Officer Fjärde AP-fonden Sweden
29 Mark Cutis Chief Investment Officer for Special Situations Abu Dhabi Investment Council United Arab Emirates
30 H.E. Dr. Fahad AlMubarak Governor Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Saudi Arabia
31 Gregg Rademacher Chief Executive Officer Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association United States
32 Olivier Rousseau Executive Director Fonds de réserve pour les retraites France
33 Michael Latimer Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System Canada
34 Mark Fawcett Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) United Kingdom United Kingdom
35 Jay Willoughby Chief Investment Officer Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation United States
36 Yi Gang Director State Administration of Foreign Exchange China
37 Norman Chan Chief Executive Hong Kong Monetary Authority Hong Kong
38 David Villa Chief Investment Officer State of Wisconsin Investment Board United States
39 Alberto Arenas de Mesa Finance Minister Ministry of Finance, Chile Chile
40 Pehin Dato Abd Rahman Ibrahim Minister of Finance II Ministry of Finance, Brunei Brunei
41 Ted Wheeler Oregon State Treasurer Oregon Investment Council United States
42 Farouki Majeed Director of Investments School Employees’ Retirement System of Ohio United States
43 Israfil Mammadov Chief Investment Officer State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
44 Carsten Stendevad Chief Executive Officer ATP Denmark
45 Johan Magnusson Chief Executive Officer Första AP-fonden Sweden
46 Uche Orji Chief Executive Officer Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Nigeria
47 Else Bos Chief Executive Officer PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V. Netherlands
48 Michael Sabia President and CEO Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
49 Karim Djoudi Finance Minister Algerian Ministry of Finance Algeria
50 Xie Xuren Chairman National Council for Social Security Fund China
51 Bruce Zimmerman Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer University of Texas Investment Management Company United States
52 Warren Lee Chief Executive Officer Victoria Funds Management Corporation Australia
53 Jean-Pierre Jouyet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Groupe Caisse des Dépôts France
54 Suzanne Bishopric Director United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund United Nations
55 Bob Maynard Chief Investment Officer Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho United States
56 Carole Wright Chair Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado United States
57 Emilia Pires Minister of Finance Timor-Leste Petroleum Fund Timor-Leste
58 Mark Gordon Wyoming State Treasurer Permanent Mineral Trust Fund – Wyoming United States
59 Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan Chief Executive Officer Employees’ Provident Fund (Malaysia) Malaysia
60 Kirill Dmitriev Chief Executive Officer Russian Direct Investment Fund Russia
61 Elvyn Masassya Chief Executive Officer PT Jamsostek Indonesia
62 Damien Frawley CEO QIC Australia
63 Chang Che-shen Chairman Public Service Pension Fund of Taiwan Taiwan
64 Daisuke Hamaguchi Chief Investment Officer Pension Fund Association Japan
65 Ashbel Williams Jr. Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer Florida State Board of Administration United States
66 José Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos Chairman Fundo Soberano de Angola Angola
67 Neville Mackay Chief Executive Scottish Public Pensions Agency United Kingdom
68 Tan Sri Dato’ Azman bin Hj. Mokhtar Managing Director Khazanah Nasional Berhad Malaysia
69 Somchai Sujjapongse Chairman of the Investment Committee Government Pension Fund Thailand
70 Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Deputy Director General Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) Kuwait
71 Timo Löyttyniemi Managing Director Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER) / The State Pension Fund Finland
72 Khadem Abdulla Al Qubaisi Managing Director International Petroleum Investment Company United Arab Emirates
73 Bolat Zhamishev Finance Minister Kazakhstan National Fund Kazakhstan
74 Gordon Fyfe CEO and CIO British Columbia Investment Management Corporation Canada
75 Jagdeep Singh Bachher Chief Investment Officer of the Regents University of California – Office of The President Endowment United States
76 Gary Bruebaker Chief Investment Officer Washington State Investment Board United States
77 Fátima Báñez García Minister for Employment and Social Security Social Security Reserve Fund Spain
78 Christopher McDonough Director State of New Jersey Division of Investments United States
79 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mubadala Development Company United Arab Emirates
80 Scott Campbell Chair Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union Pension Trust Canada
81 Karl Swartling Chief Executive Officer Sjatte AP fonden Sweden
82 Michael Trotsky Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management United States
83 Ian Silk CEO AustralianSuper Australia
84 Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji Chief Executive Officer Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company Bahrain
85 Holland Timmins Chief Investment Officer and Executive Administrator Texas Permanent School Fund United States
86 Hershel Harper, Jr. Chief Investment Officer South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission United States
87 Arno Hugo Augustin Filho Treasury Secretary Sovereign Fund of Brazil Brazil
88 Rick Dahl Chief Investment Officer Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System United States
89 Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio Minister of Economy and Finance Fiscal Stabilization Fund Peru
90 Drew Wrigley Chair and Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota North Dakota Legacy Fund United States
91 Larry Howai Minister of Finance and the Economy Heritage and Stabilization Fund Trinidad and Tobago
92 John Corrigan Chief Executive National Treasury Management Agency Ireland
93 Paddy Dowdall Investment Manager Merseyside Pension Fund United Kingdom
94 H.E. Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori Chief Executive Officer Emirates Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
95 Clifford Stanton Chair Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado United States
96 Marie S. Arwidson Chair Andra AP-fonden Sweden
97 Anton Siluanov Finance Minister Russian Ministry of Finance Russia
98 Kevin O’Sullivan Chief Executive Officer UniSuper Management Pty Ltd Australia
99 Gary Dokes Chief Investment Officer Arizona State Retirement System United States
100 Franco Bassanini Chairman Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Italy

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