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2020 Sovereign Wealth Fund AUM at $7.84 Trillion, Norway Largest with $1.27 Trillion

21st June 2021 | Hong Kong

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) AUM has grown to $7.84 trillion at the end of 2020, with Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global the largest SWF with $1.27 trillion.  Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) AUM has been growing at 8% per annum since 2011, with the $7.84 trillion AUM representing 7% of global AUM estimated at $111.2 trillion.  The Sovereign Wealth Funds in Motion Report, released by alternative assets data provider Preqin and global law firm Baker McKenzie also highlighted increasing adopting of ESG investment policy, with 19% of 98 Sovereign Wealth Funds with ESG investment policy in place, representing 54% of total SWF AUM ($4.24 trillion of $7.84 trillion).

” 2020 Sovereign Wealth Fund AUM at $7.84 Trillion, Norway Largest with $1.27 Trillion “

AUM ~ Assets under Management
ESG ~ Environmental, Social and Governance

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The 10 Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund

Rank SWF Fund Name Country AUM ‘USD
1 Government Pension Fund Global Norway $1.27 trillion
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
UAE $579 billion
3 Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait $533 billion
4 Public Investment Fund Saudi Arabia $360 billion
5 Qatar Investment Authority Qatar $328 billion
6 Investment Corporation of Dubai UAE $301 billion
7 Mubadala Investment Company UAE $232 billion
8 National Social Security Fund China $301 billion
9 Turkey Wealth Fund Turkey $245 billion
10 Temasek Singapore $212 billion
Total $3.09 trillion

Source: Preqin

In 2020, the largest Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is Norways’ Government Pension Fund Global with $1.27 trillion and is the only SWF with more than $1 trillion AUM.  The total AUM for the top 10 largest Sovereign Wealth Fund is $3.09 trillion.

7 of the top 10 Sovereign Wealth Fund are in the oil-rich region Middle East. The largest Sovereign Wealth Fund is in Europe (Norway) while China and Singapore are the only Asian Countries in the top 10 largest Sovereign Wealth Fund.


The SWF Press Release on the Report:

Sovereign Wealth Funds in Motion report – Preqin and Baker McKenzie.

[ Alternative investment funds are one way Sovereign Wealth Funds can play a part in the reconstruction and recovery efforts. SWF investments in private equity, real estate, infrastructure and private debt funds as well as hedge funds have grown substantially over the past decade, with cumulative SWF allocations to alternative asset classes now more than $700 billion.

There have been particularly large increases in target allocations to private equity, real estate, and infrastructure – their combined median targets were 18% back in 2011 and grew to a weighty 30% in 2020. Private equity is the most popular asset class for Sovereign Wealth Funds, with a median allocation of 9.3%, followed by real estate at 6.7%.

The report also found that there has been a growing momentum across Sovereign Wealth Funds to a more sustainable investment future. This has been propelled by a combination of internal initiatives and stakeholder pressure from within the funds and a variety of recent national and international regulatory developments. That said, just 19% of the 98 Sovereign Wealth Funds tracked by Preqin have a formal ESG policy at present. Generally, it is the larger funds that are committed to ESG, with $4.24 trillion (54%) of the $7.84 trillion in AUM of Sovereign Wealth Funds managed by funds that have stated policies.]


James Burdett, Partner at Baker McKenzie and co-lead of the law firm’s Global Sovereigns Group:

“Sovereign Wealth Funds are some of the most well-capitalized institutional investors globally. But beyond the money they have a certain character, which is different from any other institutional investor. They can take a longer view and historically have allocated more to illiquid assets than their private counterparts, which has served them well.”


David Lowery, Head of Research Insights at Preqin:

“With most economies working their way through the post- COVID-19 recovery phase, ESG is the means to focus on returns while delivering positive outcomes. And while many Sovereign Wealth Funds may be late adopters, they are keen to drive future prosperity and are catching up fast.”




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