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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 October 2017
SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES
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SEATTLE, WA. – 3 October 2017– The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its fifth annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2017. The top 100 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest sovereign funds, endowments, foundations, pensions and central banks around the globe. SWFI editorial attempts to recognize new individuals not recognized in previous lists.

SWFI analyzed a number of dimensions when compiling the list including innovation, funding and environmental circumstances, returns, unique programs and initiatives undertaken.

Here it is – 2017 Rankings

RANK NAME TITLE(S) ORGANIZATION / FUND NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
1 Norihiro Takahashi President Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan Japan
2 Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina Governor Central Bank of Russia Russia
3 Adrian Orr Chief Executive Officer New Zealand Superannuation Fund New Zealand
4 Urjit Patel Governor Reserve Bank of India India
5 Andrew Ward Chief Investment Officer Boeing United States
6 Matthew Eyton-Jones Chief Executive Officer Pension Fund CERN Switzerland
7 Chris Li President Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company United States
8 Macky Tall Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure And President And Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ Infra Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
9 Majed Salem Khalifa Al Romaithi Executive Director, Real Estate & Infrastructure Abu Dhabi Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
10 Jim Keohane President & Chief Executive Officer Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Canada
11 Vijoy Paul Chattergy Chief Investment Officer State of Hawai’i Employees’ Retirement System United States
12 Tom Joy Director of Investments Church Commissioners for England United Kingdom
13 Nicole Musicco Senior Managing Director, Public Equities Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Canada
14 David Villa Chief Investment Officer State of Wisconsin Investment Board United States
15 Umirzak Shukeyev Chief Executive Officer JSC Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna Kazakhstan
16 Haiying Zhao Chief Risk Officer China Investment Corporation China
17 Takeshi Ito Senior Portfolio Manager AISIN Employees’ Pension Fund Japan
18 Jason Klein Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center United States
19 Sandro Streit Head of Asset Management Swiss National Bank Switzerland
20 Marius Møller Senior Vice President, Real Estate PensionDanmark Denmark
21 Dong Hun Jang Chief Investment Officer Korea POBA South Korea
22 Eric R. Nierenberg Chief Strategy Officer Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board United States
23 Curtis Ishii Managing Investment Director, Fixed Income California Public Employees’ Retirement System United States
24 Nagi Adel Hamiyeh Co-Head, Enterprise Development Group, Senior Managing Director, Investment, Head, Australia & New Zealand, Head, Middle East, Co-Head, Africa Temasek Holdings Singapore
25 Stephen Gilmore Chief Investment Strategist Future Fund Australia
26 Anatoly Braverman First Deputy Chief Executive Officer Russian Direct Investment Fund Russia
27 Etienne Stofer Chief Executive Officer Caisse de Retraite du Personnel Navigant France
28 Peter Hansson Chief Executive Officer SPK Sweden
29 Avik Dey Managing Director, Head of Natural Resources Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Canada
30 Sung Seog Kang Chief Investment Officer Korean Teachers’ Credit Union South Korea

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

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To see the full list, please follow the link: Public Investor 100 – 2017

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Rising Interest Rates Impact Sovereign Wealth Strategies

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