Kuwait Investment Authority

DEFINITION of 'Kuwait Investment Authority'

The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is a government-owned corporation responsible for managing the sovereign wealth fund of Kuwait. The KIA was initially created in 1953 to create a fund for future use and lessen the country's dependence on its oil reserves. The source of the money for the sovereign wealth fund is derived primarily from the excess proceeds from Kuwait's oil reserves.

BREAKING DOWN 'Kuwait Investment Authority'

The sovereign wealth fund is divided into the General Reserve Fund and the Future Generations Fund. According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, the Kuwait Investment Authority controls the seventh-largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, with approximately $202.8 billion in assets under management.