28.05.2013 - Nobody wants to be in charge of spending $500 bln in China’s sovereign wealth fund
Running China’s main sovereign wealth fund is a powerful job that a series of powerful leaders and executives don’t seem to want. The chairman’s position has been left open at the China Investment Corporation since Lou Jiwei left in March to become China’s finance minister. “Those with the right qualifications don’t want the job. Those who want the job don’t have the right qualifications,” one CIC executive told the Financial Times (paywall). Several candidates seem to think the job is cursed, in part because CIC’s hasty investments in its first few years of operation from 2007 may include some potential disasters—and that doesn’t include well-known debacles like the fund’s investments in Morgan Stanley and Blackstone. Potential CIC bosses are worried that the blame for additional losses will be pinned on them............................................Full Article: Source