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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2016



4 October 2016
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SEATTLE, WA. – 4 October 2016 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its fourth annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2016. The top 100 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest funds, endowments, pensions and central banks around the globe.

1 Alain Carrier Senior Managing Director & Head of International, Head of Europe CPP Investment Board Canada
2 Ted Eliopoulos Chief Investment Officer California Public Employees’ Retirement System United States
3 Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori Governor Central Bank of the UAE United Arab Emirates
4 Amy Chen Chief Investment Officer Smithsonian Institution United States
5 David F. Swensen Chief Investment Officer Yale Investment Office United States
6 Wendy Norris Head of Infrastructure and Timberland Future Fund Australia
7 David J. Holmgren Chief Investment Officer Hartford HealthCare United States
8 Matt Whineray Chief Investment Officer New Zealand Superannuation Fund New Zealand
9 Robert Tessier Chairman Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
10 Thomas Richard Arnold Head Americas Real Estate Abu Dhabi Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
11 Agustín Carstens Governor Bank of Mexico Mexico
12 Mark Mansley Chief Investment Officer Environment Agency Pension Fund United Kingdom
13 Allen Breed Senior Real Estate Officer MIT Investment Management Company United States
14 Hisham Hamdan Executive Director, Investments and Head of Khazanah Research & Investment Strategy Khazanah Nasional Berhad Malaysia
15 Stephen Moseley Director of Private Equities and Special Opportunities Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation United States
16 Steve Moise State Investment Officer New Mexico State Investment Council United States
17 Goh Kok Huat Chief Operating Officer, President, Real Estate GIC Private Limited Singapore
18 Yannis Stournaras Governor Bank of Greece Greece
19 George Finnie Investment Manager Strathclyde Pension Fund United Kingdom
20 Guthrie Stewart Senior Vice President, Global Head of Private Investments PSP Investments Canada


This year we attempted to focus our rankings a bit more on individuals who had experience in private markets, specifically real estate and infrastructure. Why? According to SWFI research, real estate and infrastructure as asset classes have steadily grown over the past decade at the expense of fixed income and public equity allocations. Having knowledge in real estate is a serious undertaking that has grown in prominence in institutional portfolios.

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

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To see the full list, please follow the link: Public Investor 100 – 2016

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

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