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In 1996, just one technology company ranked among the top 10 global earnings performers. At the end of 2016, six were on that list. According to experts at the Boston Consulting Group, the shift of the technology sector from the outskirts to the center of the investment world has refocused the strategies of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), which are becoming an increasingly important source of funding for tech companies. getAbstract recommends this astute report to investors, financial professionals and technology entrepreneurs on the look-out for financing.

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Markus Massi, Alessandro Scortecci and Pratik Shah are with the Boston Consulting Group.



At one time, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) maintained limited investment targets, concentrating on traditional sectors like energy and consumer products. But beginning in 2012, SWFs made a striking investment migration into technology firms and digital start-ups. Technology investments by SWFs have grown by 38% since then and made up 27% of all their deals in 2017.

Leading the way into the digital industry are SWFs in Asia and the Middle East, with Chinese SWFs investing more than almost all of Europe’s national funds. In Asia, the activity is bolstering...

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