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Below is the latest news and analysis about recent activities of Saudi Investors. For a full list of Saudi Investors you can check the Middle East Investors Directory which has been published since 2007 and contains listing and email addresses of Saudi Investors as well as other investor from the region.



 Saudi Investors of Riyad Valley acquired stake in California firm Solexel for $70 million

Riyad valley CaliforniaRiyadh Valley Company, the VC investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, has acquired stake at Solexel, a US-based producer of high-performance solar PV technology in a $70 million round.

Solexel which is based in California, has developed the world’s highest-performance thin wafer silicon solar PV modules. It is backed by venture investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and DAG Ventures as well as GAF, the largest roofing materials manufacturer in North America. Established to help transform Saudi Arabia’s oil-based economy into a more diversified knowledge-based economy, Riyadh Valley Company is one of the Kingdom’s largest initiatives, developed to help adopt innovation culture and foster entrepreneurship.

Riyadh Valley Company is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIJ54.

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 Saudi and Bahrain investors acquired Byrne for $160 million

vcbank-hanco.jpgVenture Capital Bank Bahrain and Saudi leasing company Hanco has acquired Byrne, a leasing, car rental, and fleet management company for around $160 million.

Established 20 years ago, Byrne is the largest general rental company in the Middle East with 450 employees and 13 offices and rental depots all over the GCC. The sellers in the deal are Havenvest Private Equity Middle East and HSBC Bank Middle East. The transaction was partly financed by UAE's First Gulf Bank.

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD126

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 Saudi investors of Alkhabeer acquired stake in Express Group

alkhabeer-express2.jpgAlkhabeer Capital, a Saudi-based investment firm, acquired a majority stake in the packaging products company Express Group.

Express Group, founded in 1990, is based in Dubai and exports to 25 countries serving clients across the food and beverage, industrial and consumer goods industries. As DubaiBeat reported on September 2012 Alkhabeer had launched a $400 million fund and invests globally.

Alkhabeer Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD18.

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 Saudi investors of Alkhabeer acquired real estate in Houston

alkhabeer-US.jpgAlkhabeer Capital, a Saudi-based investment firm announced the acquisition of an office building in Houston.

The property is located in The Energy Corridor, Houston’s top performing and rapidly strengthening submarket, which is home to several of the world’s largest energy companies as well as over 300 multinational companies. As DubaiBeat reported on September 2012 Alkhabeer had launched a $400 million fund and invests globally - specially in UK and US.

Alkhabeer Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD18.

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 Saudi family office acquired Four Seasons Toronto for $200 million

saudifamilyoffice-3.jpgKingdom Holding, a Saudi family office, has acquired Four Seasons Toronto Canada for $200 million.

The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto offers 259 spacious luxury hotel guest rooms, including 42 suites, in Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood.

Kingdom Holding Company is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD84.

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 Saudi private equity firm invested $45 million in 10 global companies

sedco2.jpgSedco, a Saudi private equity firm, has invested $45 million in 10 global companies in the past months - Reuters is reporting.

Sedco’s private equity fund which is launched a year ago has raised $113 million of which 40 percent is invested in 10 companies globally. Sedco has also invested globally in real estate and currently eyes Asian markets as well. The two-year old Jeddah-based firm manages about $3 billion in assets.

Sedco is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code ORP18.

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 Alkhabeer Capital to launch a $400 million fund

alkhabeer capitalAlkhabeer Capital, a Saudi-based boutique investment and asset management firm, announced that is currently planning a $400 million investment programme to be rolled out over the next two years - covering region and Europe.

The firm intends to raise three funds targeting a total of $140 million including, for the first time, a fund targeting investments outside of the MENA region. In addition, the firm plans to raise $30 million for a residential development fund specifically in the UK. (The firm is alrady fully invested on its previous Saudi development funds, Alkhabeer Land Development Fund I and Alkhabeer Land Development Fund II)

Alkhabeer Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BFD18.

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 Saudi Aramco to invest up to $120 million in Europe

aramcoventures.jpgSaudi Aramco has announced the launch of its corporate venturing subsidiary Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV).

Headquartered in Dhahran, SAEV's global investments will target start-up and high growth companie in renewable energy, water and energy efficiency technologies. Individual investments were expected to range from $1 million to $30 million per company. They also joined with Energy Capital Management, a European venture capital firm specialized in the oil & gas sector, for corporate venturing activities in the upstream oil and gas sector in Europe.

To see a list of investors from the Middle East similar to Aramco Ventures, check our Middle East Investors Directory

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  Saudi investors Al-Tuwairqi rescued UK steel firm out of administration

  Takaful Emarat and Riyad Capital launched $5.3 million global equity investment fund

  Saudi firm Almarai buys Argentina firm for $83 million

  Saudi family office acquired $300 million stake in Twitter

  SEDCO Capital started operations with $3 billion asset portfolio

  Saudi investors of Kingdom Holding invest $60 million in Glencore IPO

  Saudi investors eye investment in German oil refinery

  Saudi investors to boost Russian ties

  London Chamber of Commerce mission seeks Saudi investors

  Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed met advisor to Russian president

  Saudi investors to start $16.9 billion bank in Egypt - Bloomberg

  Gulf investors investing heavily in Philippines agriculture sector

  Credit Suisse raises $6.2 billion from Qatar and Saudi investors

  Saudi investor acquired stake in GM for $500 million

  Saudi investors to buy Paris Crillon hotel for $350 million

  Middle East private equity fund received investment from IFC, EIB and Proparco

  Saudi's Jadwa Investment and CIT acquired London King’s Reach Tower for $90 million

  Saudi investment firm to acquire 20% stake in Indian infrastructure company




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