Khadem al-Qubaisi

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Khadem al-Qubaisi
Born Khadem al-Qubaisi
(1971-09-27) September 27, 1971 (age 45)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Alma mater United Arab Emirates University
Occupation Former Managing Director of the International Petroleum Investment Company
Title HE

Khadem Abdullah al-Qubaisi (Arabic: خادم عبد الله القبيسي‎‎; born September 27, 1971) is an Emirati businessman and the former managing director of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). He was the subject of controversy in 2015 when he was replaced as managing director of IPIC and later investigated in a series of probes into misappropriated funds in connection with 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Life and education[edit]

Qubaisi was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 1971. He graduated from the University of the United Arab Emirates with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1993.[1] He is married, and has four children.


In 1993, after graduating from university, Qubaisi joined the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where he went on to become a senior financial analyst in the North American Equities Department. In 2000, he became an investment manager at International Petroleum Investment Company. In May 2007 he became managing director,[2] and in 2011 he took the additional position as chairman of IPIC's subsidiary, Compañía Española de Petróleos.[1] He was chairman of many other companies including NOVA Chemicals, Arabtec,[3] Borealis AG and OMV (in both of which IPIC owns a controlling interest), Aabar Investments (an IPIC subsidiary), Falcon Private Bank, Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company, and Hakkasan Group.[4] He was the director of Tasameem Real Estate Co. LLC, the investment company of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and chairman of IPIC.[5] Qubaisi also served on the board of Bahrain's First Energy Bank.[6]

During his time at IPIC, Qubaisi was involved in several major deals, including the 2008 bailout of Barclays.[5]

In April 2015, Qubaisi was removed from his role as managing director of the International Petroleum Investment Company. He resigned from or was replaced in his other positions in the following months.[3][7]


Qubaisi was replaced as managing director of the International Petroleum Investment Company in April 2015. Following his dismissal from IPIC, he resigned or was replaced from most of his corporate roles in companies controlled by IPIC.[8] In September of that year, a Malaysian investigative website Sarawak Report linked his dismissal to corruption allegations stemming from transactions IPIC undertook with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a strategic development company that became the subject of controversy when Malaysia's prime minister was accused of using it to siphon money into his personal bank accounts.[7] In 2015, IPIC had given 1MDB $1 billion, and taken on $3.5 billion of their debt in return for some of 1MDB's assets.[3]

In April 2016, Reuters reported that the United Arab Emirates central bank had ordered banks in the UAE to freeze and provide transaction information on bank accounts belonging to Qubaisi or Mohamed al-Husseiny, another IPIC senior official. Officials investigating misappropriated funds in connection with 1MDB said that a total of $2.4 billion that was intended to be transferred from 1MDB to Aabar Investments was instead sent to a different company, established in the British Virgin Islands by Qubaisi and al-Husseiny, called Aabar Investments PJS Ltd. This company is under investigation by the United Arab Emirates to determine if it was used as a conduit for 1MDB funds.[9]

On 20 July 2016, United States federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit to seize over $1 billion in assets believed to have been stolen from 1MDB. Qubaisi was named in these lawsuits, along with al-Husseiny and several others, which added that the funds were used to purchase these assets as well as "fund the co-conspirators' lavish lifestyles."[10][11] This lawsuit is noted to be the largest forfeiture complaint filed in United States history.[12]


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  2. ^ Carvalho, Stanley (21 July 2016). "UAE tycoon Qubaisi named in billion-dollar U.S. suits". Yahoo!. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Reuters (7 April 2016). "UAE freezes assets of two former Ipic group officials". Gulf News. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Everington, John (23 April 2015). "Khadem Al Qubaisi steps down as Aabar Properties chairman". The National. Abu Dhabi Media. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Hope, Bradley; Clark, Simon; Ngui, Yantoultra (2016-04-01). "Authorities Investigating Malaysia's 1MDB Fund Focusing on Bond Proceeds". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Haider, Haseeb (18 April 2009). "Aabar Completes $253m Acquisition of AIG Private Bank". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "'King Khadem' And His Sovereign Wealth! - IN DEPTH INVESTIGATION". Sarawak Report. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Abu Dhabi hunts for $1.4bn payment in Malaysia scandal fallout". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "UAE freezes assets of two former IPIC group officials". Reuters. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Reuters (20 July 2016). "US seeks to seize over $1bn assets in Malaysian corruption case". Asia Times. Reuters. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Zoe (22 July 2016). "Pricey NYC condos seized in connection with money laundering investigation". Curbed NY. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Ritman, Alex (22 July 2016). "Follow the Money: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Corruption Timeline". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 July 2016.