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Softbank reports its biggest quarterly loss, but it is not all bad news for PIF and Mubadala

8th August, 2022

The Softbank Group, founded and chaired by billionaire Masayoshi Son, announced its result for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 last night. The group, which includes the Vision Funds, a 25% stake in Chinese giant Alibaba, and other significant investments, reported an operating loss of US$ 24.5 billion, due to the global markets turmoil and to the rapid fall of the yen against the dollar.

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Mubadala wants to be King in Brazil

2nd August, 2022

On Monday, August 1, Mubadala made an offer to buy an additional 45% of Zamp SA, the master franchisee of Burger King, Domino’s and Popeye, among other fast-food restaurant brands in Brazil. The Abu Dhabi fund already owns 5% of the company, which it acquired in 2013 as part of Batista’s US$ 2 billion portfolio.

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State Investors Wary of Venture Capital Amid Inflation Risks

8th July, 2022

After two years of frenetic activity in venture capital, sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds have stepped on the brakes as the effects of the Ukraine crisis threaten to upset the post-pandemic recovery.

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Abu Dhabi's Powerful Brothers Oversee Sovereign Investor Collaboration with SoftBank Exec

7th July, 2022

The decision of Abu Dhabi sovereign investors Mubadala and ADQ and the Royal Group conglomerate to back SoftBank executive Rajeev Misra's new US$6 billion multi-asset investment fund shines a light on the Emirate's internal dynamics in a post-Khalifa era.

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Israel Finally Launches Sovereign Fund from Gas Windfall Profits

31st May, 2022

Israel’s plan to launch a sovereign wealth fund – the Israel Citizens’ Fund (ICF) – is finally going ahead on Wednesday (June 1st) after years of delays and reduced expectations.

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Can Middle Eastern SWFs Fulfil their Multi-Billion Bilateral Deals?

27th May, 2022

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in competition with its Abu Dhabi peers in headline-grabbing multi-billion bilateral memoranda of understanding. Global SWF assesses whether these agreements worth more than the paper they are written on – and if they are simply part of Middle Eastern states’ exertion of soft power.

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Sovereign Backers of Vision Fund Hit by Son’s Strategic Failure

13th May, 2022

Sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are among the main losers of Masayoshi Son’s Vision Fund gambles on tech venture capital.

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Mubadala Income Surges With IPOs and Robust Returns

11th May, 2022

Mubadala’s 70% surge in income to AED122 billion (US$33 billion) in 2021 validates Global SWF’s recent 2021 Fund of the Year award which acknowledged its rapid development as one of the Middle East's biggest and fastest growing funds.

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The Elephant in the Room - are Sovereign Investors beating the markets?

2nd May, 2022

Comparing returns across State-Owned Investors is never easy and it always takes a lot of assumptions and disclaimers. Yet, most funds have now reported their FY21 results, and we have looked at the average investment returns for the past six years (which we consider a fair investment cycle) across 20 major SWFs and 20 major PPFs in an apples-to-apples analysis.

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What do Abu Dhabi and Singapore Have in Common? Agtech

13th April, 2022

Local geography and resource limitations are driving agricultural tech investments by state-owned investors from the UAE and Singapore.

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Diversification: Emirati Funds Back Infrastructure Privatization and Pharma Expansion

6th April, 2022

The UAE’s sovereign wealth funds are playing a key role in the privatization of the federation’s infrastructure, with this week’s IPO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) raising AED22.41 billion (US$6.1 billion) on the Dubai Financial Market.

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BlackRock Deepens Mubadala Collaboration, Emerges as SWF Favorite in Net Zero Drive

31st March, 2022

Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is seeking to deepen its partnership with leading global asset manager BlackRock with plans to invest in Tata Power’s new Indian renewable energy arm.

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