Saudi Fund Flexes Muscles With of Billion-Dollar Projects

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  • PIF announces projects valued at more than $10b in past month
  • CEOs worldwide to fly to kingdom for 3-day event from Oct. 24

Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund is on a roll.

In the past month alone, the Public Investment Fund announced projects valued at more than $10 billion -- in industries ranging from property, energy, recycling and entertainment. Last week it set up a real-estate refinancing firm with a mandate of $20 billion in deals in five years.

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The fund already holds about $130 billion of assets in listed Saudi companies and has investments with Blackstone Group LP to SoftBank Group Corp. This month it scooped up a $2.4 billion stake in food processor Almarai Co.

The flurry of investments comes ahead of a three-day event starting Oct. 24 hosted by PIF. The who’s who in the business world are attending, including executives from JPMorgan Chase & Co., BlackRock Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to central bank governors.

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