Government of Singapore Investment Cooperation (GIC) has more than $100 billion of assets in over 40 countries and has investments in everything from government bonds to private equity.
Thursday 28, February 2019
(Bloomberg) --Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC Pte, is among investors that helped US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase aise $300 million last year.
While Coinbase said it garnered investment in its October funding round from firms including Tiger Global Management, Wellington Management and Andreessen Horowitz, GIC’s participation hasn’t previously been disclosed.
With the foray into digital assets, possibly its first, GIC joins a select group of large sophisticated investors including Yale University willing to dip their toes into the crypto industry. Most institutional money managers have shunned digital assets because they’re largely unregulated and have been used to finance illicit trade.
Additionally, Coinbase’s October funding round gave it a valuation of $8 billion, placing it among the ranks of the world’s most-valuable start-ups. that is all the more impressive given the collapse in crypto prices last year.
Last year, the firm was forecasting revenue for 2018 of almost $1.3 billion, a figure that largely comes from the commissions on trades on its platform, as well as gains and losses in its own crypto holdings.