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Saudis Replace Aramco Chair With Wealth Fund Boss Before IPO

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg Saudi Arabia removed Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih from his position as Chairman of Saudi Aramco, the second time his role has been scaled back in less than a week, as the government prepares to sell shares in the state-owned oil company. Al-Falih will be replaced by Yasir Al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund, according to a Tweet from Al-Falih’s account. The appointment of Al-Rumayyan, already an Aramco board member and a key adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, will seperate the Ministry of Energy…

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Welcome to Waltonville, Where the Worlds Richest Family Reigns

The largest family fortune on earth is run out of two floors of unmarked suites in Bentonville, Arkansas. The building is a discreet nerve center for the Walton family’s $152 billion hoard. There are plenty more overt signs of their success in the heart of the city. Walton’s former five-and-dime store in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photographer: Tom Metcalf/Bloomberg “Outside of monarchies, this is one of the greatest fortunes ever amassed,” said Andy Hart of Delegate Advisors, a multifamily office with locations in San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “Monarchies and…

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Trump and Kim Can Learn a Thing or Two From Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are spending such a short amount of time in Singapore this week. Maybe they should stick around longer to see what makes its economy tick. Singapore is an especially wealthy nation, with a per capita income of bonuses attached that can double that sum for excellent performance. Is Peace With Kim Jong Un Even Possible? Yet it’s not just about the money. Since independence in 1965, Singaporean leaders have cultivated an ethos of public service in the bureaucracy. The…

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The Hedge Fund Summer Reading List

It’s that time of year again: summer reading season. While for many that means books for the beach, some emerging-market fund managers are yearning for titles that shed light on buying opportunities in Asia as well as the human psychology behind investing decisions. Asha Mehta, who oversees emerging markets at Acadian Asset Management in Boston, said she’s eager to crack Evan Osnos’s "Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond," which looks at how the rising wealth of Asian nations is shifting the balance of power…

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This Stock’s 9,500% Rally Created a Town of Millionaires

At most big companies, it’s pretty clear who the millionaires are: top executives, rainmakers, science whizzes with PhDs. But at China’s Bloomberg. The previously unreported value of their holdings has ballooned as Sunny Optical’s shares surged more than 9,500 percent since June 2008, trouncing even Netflix Inc.’s 7,500 percent gain. Founded more than three decades ago by a former appliance-factory worker with a high school education and less than $10,000 of borrowed cash, Sunny Optical is now a $22 billion behemoth that supplies lenses to the likes of Samsung and…

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Asia’s Richest Banker Spots a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

For India, it’s a $207 billion mess, a pile-up of bad loans years in the making that’s dragging on growth. For the nation’s wealthiest banker, it’s the kind of opportunity that very rarely presents itself. What has billionaire Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., in an interview. “Through this you could actually get assets that would give disproportionate returns for long periods of time.” Funds controlled by Kotak Mahindra are looking at deals involving the assets and debts of some of the first 12 companies going through the bankruptcy courts, Kotak said. Industries…

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Worlds Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas

The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks.   Norway, which relies on oil and gas for about a fifth of economic output, would be less vulnerable to declining crude prices without its fund investing in the industry, the central bank said Thursday. The divestment would mark the second major step in scrubbing the world’s biggest wealth fund of climate risk, after it sold most of its coal stocks. “Our perspective here is to spread the risks for the…

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Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is Shot Heard Around the World

Norway’s unloading its shares of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other oil giants to diversify its holdings and guard against drops in crude prices. European oil stocks fell. Big Oil is under pressure, read more here Norway’s Finance Ministry, which oversees the fund, said it will study the proposal and will take at least a year to decide what to do. The fund has already sold off most of its coal stocks. “People are starting to recognize the risks of oil and gas,” said Jason Disterhoft of…

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