New Zealand's Southern Star: SWF CEO Adrian Orr

June 02, 2014 by Loch Adamson

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Since taking charge of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund in 2007, the former central banker has turned a little-known sovereign wealth fund into one of the most innovative investors on the planet. (Photography by Jamie Bowering) WHEN ADRIAN ORR LEFT New Zealand's central bank in February 2007 to run the country's fledgling sovereign wealth fund, he knew he was taking a calculated risk. An economist by training, Orr had never led an asset management team or overseen a diversified investment portfolio. As deputy governor and head of financial stability at the Wellington-based Reserve Bank of New Zealand, he'd been closely involved in managing reserves, assessing macroeconomic risk and participating in policy discussions — and he liked the idea of using his skills to help build a lasting institution for New Zealand. But he had no inkling of the size of the challenge he was about to face. Just six…

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