Future Fund chief most influential public investor

Future Fund chief executive David Neal emerged as the most influential public investor on a global ranking of 100 executives in not-for-profit investing, which also featured nine superannuation fund executives.

Public Investor 100, compiled annually by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) ranks executives at world's largest sovereign funds, pensions, endowments, foundations and central banks.

Now in its seventh year, the list looks at innovation, funding, environmental circumstances, returns, unique programs, and initiatives undertaken, with a focus on featuring new names.

Future Fund chief executive David Neal came in at the top spot, beating Bank of Korea governor Lee Ju-yeol.

But he wasn't the only Australian in the top three.

Cbus chief executive David Atkin nabbed third place.

A further three Australians made the top half of the list: $60 billion Victoria Funds Management's chief investment officer Russell Clarke ranked number 11, $8 billion Qantas Super chief investment officer Andrew Spence was ranked at 40 and $9 billion Tasplan's chief investment officer David Stuart came in at 49.

Some of the larger superannuation funds featured lower on the top 100 list.

Sunsuper's Ian Patrick was at 81 while $51 billion HESTA's Sonya Sawtell-Rickson was 84. VicSuper chief investment officer Andrew Howard was at 91.

Smaller superannuation funds also made the cut, including the $9.3 billion NGS Super chief investment officer Ben Squires (rank 62) and Vision Super's Michael Wyrsch (rank 96).

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