Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon received accolades for the third year in a row as he was named in the "Top 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owner and Public Executives of 2015." This is a worldwide recognition awarded by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).
Gordon was named in the top 100 along with Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United States; Karsten Kallevig, Chief Investment Officer Real Estate, Norges Bank Investment Management, Norway; and Brian Tipple, Global Head of External Equities, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, United Arab Emirates. Gordon was listed 58th in the world.
Gordon was appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to be the 31st State Treasurer of Wyoming on October 26, 2012 upon the death of then Treasurer Joseph B. Meyer. Gordon was subsequently elected to the position of State Treasurer in November 2014.
One of the major factors that determine inclusion on the list of top 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owner and Public Executives is the individual's contribution to important trends in the asset owner industry. "I'm thrilled to be included in this recognized group, especially since it is not just based on who makes the most money, but rather on who is having a positive impact on investment practice; which is a serious consideration for our future," Gordon stated.
According to SWFI, the men and women chosen for the 2015 list of top asset owners and public executives command billions of assets, impacting the lives of stakeholders and constituents globally. SWFI stated that the people on the top 100 list were chosen by SWFI staff- not influenced by asset managers, governments or consultants. They come from medium to large-sized asset owners - sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, superannuation funds, endowments, central banks and other retirement funds.
Governor Matt Mead congratulated Treasurer Gordon. "I know - first hand - how hard the
Treasurer and his team work. They take pride in everything they do and watch every dollar and every penny. This is a high praise for Mark and his office and it is good news for Wyoming."
Gordon, said he is humbled by his inclusion in the top 100 worldwide. "It's a nice accolade; and it shows we are in the big leagues," Gordon said. "I love Wyoming and it is an incredible responsibility and honor to be integrally involved in Wyoming's financial health," Gordon stated. Gordon also was quick to give credit to the employees of the State Treasurer's Office saying, "I have an incredible staff and they do a great job for Wyoming." "I am looking forward to Patrick Fleming joining our team as CIO; he'll make an already great team even better," Gordon said.
Wyoming's investment portfolio nears 20 billion dollars. Realized investment income from the portfolio crested one billion dollars this past year for the first time in history. "I'm honored to be at the helm of the Treasurer's Office, especially at this time. Yes, we did well last year but as everyone knows, the market has ups and downs so how we invest and manage our funds warrants much thought and consideration," Gordon stated. "It's wise to have a relatively conservative, long term plan which generates income for the present but is balanced with preserving a corpus of funds for our future," Gordon said.
The entire list of the 100 Most Significant and Impactful Asset Owner and Public Executives of 2015 can be found at: http://www.swfinstitute.org/public-investor-100-2015.