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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 September 2015
SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES
Press Inquiry: vberretta@swfinstitute.org

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SEATTLE, WA. – 30 September 2015 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its third annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2015. The top 10 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest funds and central banks around the globe.

    1. Janet Yellen – Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    2. Fahad Abdullah Al-Mubarak – Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
    3. Karsten Kallevig – Chief Investment Officer Real Estate, Norges Bank Investment Management
    4. Mats Andersson – Chief Executive Officer, Fjärde AP-fonden
    5. Heung-Sik Choo – Chief Investment Officer, Korea Investment Corporation
    6. Brian Tipple – Global Head of External Equities, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
    7. Fiona Mackenzie – Head of Investments, New Zealand Superannuation Fund
    8. Michael Pennisi – Chief Strategy Officer, State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (Australia)
    9. Daniel Garant – Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, PSP Investments
    10. Scott Malpass – Chief Investment Officer, University of Notre Dame

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These men and women command billions of assets, impacting the lives of stakeholders and constituents globally. The people on the list were chosen by SWFI staff – not influenced by asset managers, governments or consultants. They come from medium to large-sized asset owners – sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, superannuation funds, endowments, central banks and other retirement funds. The size of managed assets is not the only criterion for ranking inclusion. One of the major factor that warrants inclusion on the list is the contribution to important trends in the asset owner industry.

This ranking will appear in our October issue of the Sovereign Wealth Quarterly.

About SWFI
SWFI is a global organization designed to study sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments, central banks and other long-term public investors in the areas of investing, asset allocation, risk, governance, economics, policy, trade and other relevant topics. For more information about the SWFI, please go to www.swfi.com | www.swfinstitute.org.

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To see the full list, please follow the link: Public Investor 100 – 2015

For more information contact:
Vincent Berretta
Director of Marketing, SWFI
+1 (702) 768 – 0703
vberretta@swfinstitute.org

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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