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  • Qatar might be a tiny Gulf country with a population of just 2.2 million,

  • but what it lacks in size it makes up for in assets around the world.

  • Here in London, Qatar owns even more property than the Queen of England.

  • In New York, Qatar's investment arm bought nearly a 10% stake in the owners of the Empire State Building.

  • In Los Angeles, a Qatari media group purchased Miramax studios last year for an undisclosed amount.

  • In Singapore, Qatar's investment fund recently purchased this tower for $2.5 billion.

  • And here in San Francisco, the sovereign wealth fund plans

  • to open an office in an effort to invest in Silicon Valley.

  • Qatar is located in the heart of the Middle East.

  • It's the richest country per capita in the world.

  • So where does it get all its money?

  • Oil and gas, the cornerstones of Qatar's economy.

  • Back in 2005, the Qatar investment authority was set up to manage the state's massive revenues,

  • specializing in domestic and foreign investment.

  • Today, the sovereign wealth fund has more than $334 billion in assets,

  • making it the 11th largest fund in the world.

  • And it's lucky they set up the fund.

  • Oil and gas aren't bringing in the revenue they used to.

  • And confidence in the fund allowed the government to issue

  • $9 billion in bonds last May to finance its budget deficit.

  • Qatar National Vision 2030 is an initiative taking these overseas investments to the next level.

  • That's why you can find so much Qatari money overseas, particularly in London.

  • Qatar-based entities now own 34% of the top 15 most expensive skyscrapers in London.

  • By comparison, U.K. companies own just 21%.

  • Just take a look at London's skyline.

  • In 2015, a Qatari-led group purchased London's Canary Wharf business complex,

  • adding to its assets here in the city, which include the HSBC Tower and the Shard skyscraper.

  • In some of London's poshest areas, you can even live, work and shop in completely Qatari-owned properties.

  • In fact, this neighborhood is sometimes referred to as Qatari Quarter,

  • with an estimated 25% of all properties owned by Qatari investors.

  • Qatar even won approval to convert the old U.S. embassy into a luxury hotel.

  • Qatar's investments exceed far beyond real estate though.

  • Qatar recently raised its stake in British Airways-owner IAGSA to 20%.

  • And speaking of airlines and travel, Qatar likes airports and not just in Doha.

  • It bought a 20% stake in London Heathrow airport back in 2012,

  • and now, owns about a quarter stake in St. Petersburg airport in Russia.

  • It's fair to say Qatar's investments are diversified.

  • It spans from travel, real estate, luxury, sports, and tech.

  • Qatari investors bought Italian luxury brand, Valentino.

  • Qatari sports investments bought Paris Saint-Germain football club in 2011,

  • which later went on to win four French soccer league titles.

  • Qatar has traditionally put investments into Europe but lately,

  • it's decided to diversify into North America and Asia.

  • In fact, it's said it will spend $35 billion in the U.S. by 2020.

  • From investing in Uber and expanding in Silicon Valley, to investing in New York real estate,

  • including its 44% stake in a nearly $9 billion redevelopment project in Manhattan.

  • And over in Asia, last year Qatar's investment fund

  • bought Singapore's Asia Square Tower 1 from BlackRock.

  • The $2.5 billion deal was the largest office transaction in Singapore's history.

  • And these investments really just scratch the surface of

  • where the world's richest country per capita is putting its cash.

  • As Qatar diversifies its investments across industries and continents,

  • the tiny country is showing little signs of slowing down in its mission to buy some of the world's biggest assets.

Qatar might be a tiny Gulf country with a population of just 2.2 million,

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カタールは世界で何を持っているのか?| CNBCが解説します (What does Qatar own around the world? | CNBC Explains)

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    robert に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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