Saudi billionaire poured $500M into Russian energy firms amid Ukraine invasion

A outstanding Saudi billionaire poured greater than $500 million into Russia’s prime state-linked energy firms this year across the identical time because the Kremlin launched its brutal invasion of Ukraine, a stock change submitting confirmed.

Kingdom Holding, the Saudi agency based by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, purchased the equal of $365 million in depositary receipts for Russia’s Gazprom in a transaction that passed off someday in February, according to the filings.

Alwaleed’s agency additionally dumped $52 million into Rosneft in February. In a commerce that passed off between February and March, Kingdom additionally invested $109 million in Lukoil’s US-based depository receipts, which characterize a overseas company’s publicly traded stock.

The filings didn’t reveal the explanation for the investments.

However, the Saudi billionaire guess on Russian firms on the identical time that the Ukraine invasion prompted Western nations to enact sweeping financial sanctions towards the Kremlin and Western-based firms to depart Russia in droves.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal based Kingdom Holding.
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The stakes have plummeted in worth because the sanctions induced lasting harm to the Russian stock market and financial system.

Saudi Arabia and Russia have deep ties within the world energy market. OPEC+, a collective consisting of members of the OPEC oil cartel and different allied nations together with Russia, has resisted calls to spice up oil manufacturing to fulfill sturdy demand during the last year.

Kingdom’s funding within the Russian firms was first reported by Bloomberg, which famous the Saudi agency didn’t reply to inquiries as as to whether it nonetheless held the investments.

Kingdom Holding invested in Lukoil.
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The stock change submitting additionally revealed that Kingdom invested in Chinese firms Tencent and Alibaba in 2021.

Alwaleed is likely one of the world’s richest people, with an estimated personal fortune of $16.9 billion, based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His agency holds stakes in a number of US-based firms, together with Snap, Twitter, Uber and Lyft.

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, holds a 16.9% stake in Kingdom Holding, based on Bloomberg.

Rosneft refinery
Alwaleed’s agency invested $52 million into Rosneft in February
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Kingdom Holding didn’t present a purpose for its funding.
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Oil large Saudi Aramco earned a whopping $88 billion over the primary half of this year as world shortages and cargo disruptions resulted in surging costs per barrel. The agency stated its earnings jumped 90% within the second quarter year-over-year.

Meanwhile, Russia has continued to yield large earnings from its oil and fuel business in the course of the Ukraine warfare. While the US and plenty of Western firms ended purchases of Russian oil, Europe stays closely reliant on Russian energy.

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