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1952 - 1975
Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Amir of Kuwait, decides that oil revenue should be used for the benefit of the citizens of Kuwait.
Kuwait Investment Board created to invest surplus oil revenue and reduce Kuwait's reliance on a single finite resource.
Investment Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah introduces the modern investment paradigm and the basic investment principles of the Future Generations Fund.
KIO replaces the KIB, and the policy of diversification of assets and portfolios is adopted.
KIO acquires St. Martins Property Corporation in the United Kingdom raising KIO's property profile.
KIO Headquarters are moved to St. Vedast House, Cheapside, in the City of London.
1976 - 1985
The Amir of Kuwait creates the Reserve Fund for Future Generations (FGF). The FGF is allocated a minimum of ten percent of the State's annual revenues.
The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is established as KIO's parent organization to manage the State's Reserve Funds, allocate money for the FGF and other funds entrusted to the KIA by the Minister of Finance.
KIO acquires Autobar, one of the largest hot and cold beverage vending enterprises in Europe.
The responsibility for all Reserve Funds are transferred to the KIA.
1986 - 199
State revenues from investments exceed oil revenues for the first time.
Assets of the State of Kuwait are frozen after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. The KIO acts as the Central Bank for the Government in Exile during the Iraqi occupation. KIO organizes the transfer of funds throughout the world and to the exiled Kuwaiti Government in Saudi Arabia.
KIO plays a significant role in releasing funds for Liberation and Reconstruction after Kuwait is liberated on 26 February 1991
KIO adopts a new management structure.
1996 - 2005
KIO celebrates its Fiftieth anniversary.
KIO relocated from Cheapside to the newly refurbished offices of Wren House, opposite to St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London.
2006 - 2015
The KIO Investment Mandate is updated with a focus on global active investment in marketable securities.
The first visit of a Lord Mayor of the City of London to the KIO.
H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, makes the first royal visit to the KIO.
HH The Amir of Kuwait increases to twenty five percent the annual allocation of the State's revenues into the FGF
In November 2012, HH The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, makes an official State visit to the UK as well as celebrates KIO's presence in London through a series of events at Lancaster House.
In June 2013, in London's Guild Hall, Mr. Bader Al-Saad, the Managing Director of KIA and Mr. Osama Abdullah AI-Ayoub, President and CEO of KIO, host H.H. The Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah, senior Kuwaiti officials, leading figures from the City of London and the cream of London's financial and political community to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the KIO.
KIO establishes Wren House Infrastructure Management and Cale Street (a European Real Estate Special Situations Fund) to diversify the investment universe.
The KIO Investment mandate is updated to include Alternative Investments.