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Qatar wealth fund No 1 property investor in Europe

by William Skidmore on Aug 21, 2012

The Shard in London was financed by Qatar
The Shard in London was financed by Qatar

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Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has been confirmed as the largest public spender on European property, according to Reuters.

Investments totalled over $4.33 billion in just eight deals in the last twelve months, which is equivocal to just six weeks' revenue from the LNG producing giant. Qatar was recently recognised as the wealthiest country in the world per capita.

Joseph Kelly, director of market analysis at Real Capital Analytics, said: "For sovereign wealth funds like the Qatar Investment Authority, property deals are about wealth preservation not returns. They have a lot of money to spend, so deals tend to be big and in the cities they know well.”

Some of the strategic investments that has been supported or bought by Qatar include the Shard, the London Olympic village, a mall on the Champs Elysees in Paris and investments on the Emerald Coast in Sardinia.


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