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10 Most Important Reads Of The Week - Dec 16, 2016

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It has been an eventful week, and it's easy to fall behind. Here are the 10 most important reads of the week.

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Top 30 Family Office Investors. Family offices are a unique group of institutional investors. Set up to manage private wealth for owners of renowned family businesses and their decedents, their missions and goals differ greatly from one to another. Nevertheless, like other investors, they are not immune to volatility in capital markets and technology disruptions to investment processes. This list highlights 30 investment guardians behind world’s wealthiest families who manage high-worth portfolios during times of challenges and changes.

What We Can Learn From the Yale Endowment Those in the investment community’s inner circle acknowledge that David Swensen, who runs the Yale Endowment, has an enviable investment record—who wouldn’t want the kudos that accompany running a $25 Billion fund and outperforming by close to 30% more than its nearest competitor in 2015. Read more

How I Avoided The Financial Crisis, Earned 50% Net IRR | Mark Canavan, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board | Exclusive Q&A - Part 2. Before Canavan pioneered institutional investments' charge into a new definition of investing in real assets at New Mexico ERB, he helped his previous employer, the New Mexico Treasurer's Office, avoid the mistakes that crippled institutions across the world - the prevalence of low-quality asset-backed securities. This is part two of our conversation with Canavan. Read more

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Others Are Launching A $1B Green Energy Fund. Alongside the Microsoft-cofounder-turned-philanthropist and the Amazon CEO, there is an array of top investors and industry leaders backing it — including Virgin's Richard Branson, Bridgewater Associate's Ray Dalio, John Doerr from Kleiner Perkins, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, Alibaba exec chairman Jack Ma, Facebook cofounder-turned-investor Dustin Moskovitz, and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son. Read more

Liquidity Watch List: 2 Software Startups Prime For IPO. In October and November, Trusted Insight forecasted that in the next 13 months Spotify, Snapchat, AppDynamics, Okta and Palantir will issue an initial public offering and Lyft and DocuSign will likely be acquired. This month, we maintain those positions and add two new private companies to the watch list. Read more


Many Family Offices Are Focusing On Startup Hedge Funds. On one hand, family offices are redeeming their monies from hedge funds. Why? Poor performance. On the other hand, a substantial number of family offices worldwide are seeking out high-quality investment talent that are either looking to start hedge funds or have recently done so. Read more

Here Are Zuckerberg and Andreessen's Private Messages That Surfaced In A Lawsuit. Facebook shareholders suing the company allege that Andreessen, an independent board member representing the company's stockholders, surreptitiously coached Zuckerberg through a multi-week negotiation process to win board approval for the stock change - something the stockholders argue is a major conflict of interest. Read more

Mysterious Hedge Fund Billionaire Offers Rare Look At Finances. In Mexico, where he was born and raised, and in Italy, where his Fintech Advisory Inc. earlier this year bought a stake in the world's oldest bank, he's known as a "ghost investor." He's very active but frustratingly opaque. His hedge fund, with an office on Manhattan’s Park Avenue, doesn’t have a website. Read more

Maersk, DONG Energy In Talks Over $10B Oil Merger. Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk and DONG Energy are in talks to merge their oil and gas operations in a deal that would create a business worth more than $10 billion including debt, sources familiar with the matter said. Read more

South Africa’s Sibanye Gold Acquires U.S. Mining Company For $2.2B. Sibanye Gold, South Africa's largest gold producer, is buying Stillwater Mining Company in Montana -- the only N. American producer of platinum and palladium. The purchase will make Sibanye the world's third-largest platinum producer. Read more