QATAR

QATAR’S FINANCIAL INFLUENCE : QATAR HOLDING « INVESTING ON BEHALF OF THE FUTURE GENERATIONS »*.

 

SOME OF THE MOST RECENT QATAR’S SWEEPING ACQUISITIONS IN EUROPE, CHINA, SINGAPORE AND THE USA  ARE AS FOLLOWS * :

1. INDUSTRY AND BANKING.

  • PORSCHE AND VW : AUGUST 2009 QATAR HOLDING AGREES TO INVEST IN VOLKSWAGEN AND PORSCHE NEARLY $10bn.
  • BARCLAYS : QATAR HOLDING OWNS 6.7% OF BARCLAYS, ITS LARGEST SHAREHOLDER, AFTER IT INVESTED IN THE BANK AS PART OF ITS CAPITAL RAISING IN 2008 ABOUT $6bn FOR THE 2008 DEAL.
  • AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA : JUNE 2010 QATAR HOLDING COMMITS TO INVEST IN THE INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF THE AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA $2.8bn.
  • TOTAL : APRIL 2012 QATAR HOLDING SAYS IT HAS BOUGHT 3% OF FRENCH OIL MAJOR TOTAL.

2. REAL ESTATE.

  • SHARD : QATARI INVESTORS HAVE TAKEN AN 80% STAKE IN EUROPE’S TALLEST BUILDING FOR £150m.
  • OLYMPIC VILLAGE : AUGUST 2001 QATARI DIAR PARTNERS WITH DELANCEY ESTATE, A UK DEVELOPER BUY THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE FOR MORE THAN $800m.
  • CHAMPS – ELYSEES. DECEMBER 2012 QATAR BUYS A FLAGSHIP RETAIL COMPLEX ON THE CHAMPS-ELYSEES AVENUE, HOME TO A VIRGIN MEGASTORE AND MONOPRIX IN PARIS FOR MORE THAN $600m.

3. RETAIL.

  • HARRODS : MAY 2010 QATAR HOLDING BUYS HARRODS FOR A REPORTED $2.2bn.
  • RAFFLES : 2010 QATAR BUYS THE RAFFLES HOTEL IN SINGAPORE FOR MORE THAN $200m.
  • J SAINSBURY : FEBRUARY 2010 QATAR HOLDING NOTIFIES SAINSBURY’S THAT IT HOLDS 26% OF THE COMPANY. TO DAY THAT STAKE IS WORTH $2.5bn.

4. MEDIA AND SPORT.

  • AL JAZEERA : 2013 QATAR’S AL JAZEERA BUYS AL GORE’S CURRENT TV.
  • FIFA : 2011 QATAR, HOST OF THE 2022 WORLD CUP, BUYS PARIS ST-GERMAIN. 2010 A MEMBER OF THE QATARI ROYAL FAMILY BUYS SPANISH CLUB MALAGA.

*SOURCE : FT – MARCH 19, 2013.

MORE ON www.ft.com/mideast

* AHMAD AL-SAYED, QATAR HOLDING’S CEO. – FT – TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2013.

WHATEVER THE EXPLANATIONS FOR SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS INVESTING STRATEGY,  IT DOES TAKE PLACE AND CAN BE CHARACTERIZED AS A PROCESS WITH THE WORLD AS A MARKET PLACE !
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