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Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund for Post-Oil Era: Deputy Crown Prince

  • Pot would be big enough to buy world's four largest companies
  • First step will be sale of Aramco stake by 2018, prince says
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How Saudi Arabia Plans to Move Beyond Oil

Saudi Arabia is getting ready for the twilight of the oil age by creating the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund for the kingdom’s most prized assets.

Over a five-hour conversation, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid out his vision for the Public Investment Fund, which will eventually control more than $2 trillion and help wean the kingdom off oil. As part of that strategy, the prince said Saudi will sell shares in Aramco’s parent company and transform the oil giant into an industrial conglomerate. The initial public offering could happen as soon as next year, with the country currently planning to sell less than 5 percent.