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Saudi prince made $500 million Russia bet at start of Ukraine war

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By Nayera Abdallah and Hadeel Al Sayegh

(Reuters) -Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co, the investment firm controlled by billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, quietly invested more than $500 million in three major Russian energy companies between February and March, regulatory filings showed.

By investing in Gazprom (MCX:GAZP), Rosneft and Lukoil, Kingdom was likely seeking undervalued assets, but its move came as many Western nations imposed sanctions on Russian energy firms and their executives following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have so far tried to maintain what they say is a neutral position on the war in Ukraine, frustrating some Western officials who have sought to isolate Russia over the invasion.

Kingdom in February invested in global depository receipts of Gazprom and Roseneft worth 1.37 billion riyals ($365 million) and 196 million riyals ($52 million) respectively.

The firm also invested 410 million riyals ($109 million) in Lukoil's U.S. depository receipts between February and March, filings showed on Sunday as part of a lengthy disclosure of recent investments. It gave no reason for any of its specific investments.

Kingdom Holding, which is 16.9% owned by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund chaired by crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, had not previously revealed the details of its investments.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal rose to international prominence after making a big successful bet on Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) in the 1990s and he was an early investor in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).

The prince has also made hundreds of millions of dollars by investing in companies such as Uber Technologies (NYSE:UBER) Inc to Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)

Alwaleed's investment style has focused on new opportunities that could be lucrative but carry risk, as well as looking at undervalued assets, a source with knowledge of Kingdom's business said in June.

Saudi Arabia and Russia lead the OPEC+ group, an alliance formed in 2017 between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers.

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Saudi prince made $500 million Russia bet at start of Ukraine war
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Aug 16, 2022 1:34PM ET
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In the mean time Europe and the US is also close to acquiescing to Iran in their desperation for any oil but Russia’s or even their own.
Dennis Chuck
Dennis Chuck Aug 15, 2022 1:16PM ET
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What can i say......smart!
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 15, 2022 11:07AM ET
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Unfortunately we are still dependent on the saudi oil, because we have not evolved technologically out of fossil fuel dependency, until then OPEC rules the Oil market. Fussion is the future but we are not there yet  stlill10 years away. Mainwhile whatever Saudi does will be remembered by the world. If they side with Russia i see no reason why Iran should not be allowed to have a chance to sell oil in the world.
Donald Hart
Donald Hart Aug 15, 2022 11:07AM ET
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When are people going to learn that we will be dependent on oil and gas for decades into the future. US weakness allows everyone else to sell MORE oil except the USA.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Aug 15, 2022 11:07AM ET
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We could also be dependent on our own oil until we’ve technologically evolved away from fossil fuel dependency.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Aug 15, 2022 8:53AM ET
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The prince picking the wrong side...
Santosh Oak
Santosh Oak Aug 15, 2022 8:27AM ET
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Doesn't it mean that Saudis care two hoots (boots?) for Biden's sanctions? American word seems to matter little in the world. No one seems to pay any heed--, not the Chinese,not the Russians, Not India, Not china, NOT SAUDIS, NOT EVEN TALIBAN. What a fall for the "ONLY SUPERPOWER" in the world.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 15, 2022 8:27AM ET
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140 nations of the world have formally condemned Russia's illegal and unjustified attack on Ukraine. A handful of repressive regimes ruled by authoritarian thugs are siding with Russia.
Donald Hart
Donald Hart Aug 15, 2022 8:27AM ET
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Biden is a JOKE!! Time to figure that out!
Lake Lot
Lake Lot Aug 14, 2022 10:02PM ET
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Time for the Saudis to take responsibility for their action . This does nit include golf
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 14, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Are you proud of yourselves? Phil Mickelson, Dustin John son, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na... and the rest of you ******s who gave up competitive golf to join the Saudi golf masquerade.
Augustus Smith
Augustus Smith Aug 14, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Might as well be paid to "take the knee" look golf is a royal sport in the first place: you had to have the estate to golf on, the labor to maintain it - and they still have a servant following them around with the sticks.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 14, 2022 5:01PM ET
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Are you proud of yourselves? Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na... and the rest of you who gave up competitive golf to join the Saudi golf masquerade.
Kris Jay
Kris Jay Aug 14, 2022 5:01PM ET
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its a game, with a club and a ball, dont have your head burst over it.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 14, 2022 5:01PM ET
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Its not so much about golf as it is about human nature and values, eg that already very wealthy individuals would sell out to a side show financed by a repressive regime for guaranteed millions more rather than compete. They'll get richer and some may finally be able to pay off their gambling debts, but they are no longer respectable athletes, they are monkeys putting on a show.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 14, 2022 4:57PM ET
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Meanwhile usa are pumping more oil and gas up from the ground than ever before under biden rule…..sorry you are misinformed, no wonder when you only have 1 tv channel in russia
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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More evidence of the waning influence the US has thanks to Biden and the Democrats.  He was just in Saudi Arabia groveling for more oil.  The results appear to be OPEC reducing production and now investing in Russia.  Lets also remember how the Democrats have discouraged domestic drilling and pipelines, and sold off strategic reserves, further increasing dependence on OPEC.  Remember, the US had much more influence just a couple years ago when it was energy independent.
jason xx
jason xx Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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Traitor trump nearly blew Kim Jong un on stage
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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Meanwhile usa are pumping up more oil and gas than ever under biden rule. Any other misinformation on this comes from putin lovers….aiming to destroy our democracy and create internal division between. The have succeeded fairly well by backing traitor Trump…but he is now heading for jail and cannot supply russia with us national secrets anymore
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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Comrade, you have been reminded again and again that the US is energy independent. If I were you, I'd worry more about your lack of virtue than your fear of a successful US. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2022/03/08/surprise-the-us-is-still-energy-independent/?sh=519389b530b6
Kris Jay
Kris Jay Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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Ken Roth  search for "mental health clinics near me", while you may think you can't afford it, they will treat you without you needing to pay.   Get well soon!
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 14, 2022 3:37PM ET
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Kris Jay  I am glad to hear that you have found a place to get mental help for yourself it seems you need it.
 
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