Explore a wide range of higher yield private opportunities not available on public stock exchanges. You may already be familiar with some of the names mentioned, but do you know that not all institutional-grade real estate opportunities are created equal? Here are some of the leading real estate firms in the world. Read on to find out more about the profiles of these companies below.


 1. KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, credit and real assets, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. As investors with an industrialist vision, we aim to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined approach, employing high-quality people, pursuing the highest standards of excellence, and aligning our interests with those of our investment partners.

KKR has US$252 billion AUM as of December 31, 2020.


2. Nuveen


Nuveen has supported the financial futures of millions of investors for over 120 years. Under the leadership of TIAA, we invest in the growth of businesses, real estate, farmland, forests and infrastructure while building long-term relationships with clients from all over the globe. With expertise across income and alternatives, and as one of the first in the industry to practise responsible investing, we continue to expand our capabilities while maintaining our legacy as a leading asset manager.

Nuveen has US$1.2 trillion AUM as of December 31, 2020.


3. GIC

Established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves, GIC is a global long-term investor with well over US$100 billion in assets in over 40 countries worldwide. We work to secure Singapore’s financial future by investing across a range of asset classes in the public and private markets.

GIC has US$488 billion AUM as of December 31, 2020. (Source: The Business Times)


4. Keppel Capital


Keppel Capital is a premier asset manager in Asia. We are the asset management arm of Keppel Corporation Limited. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, Keppel Corporation is one of Singapore’s flagship multinational companies with a global footprint in more than 20 countries. Keppel Corporation provides solutions for sustainable urbanisation, focusing on energy & environment, urban development, connectivity and asset management.


Keppel Capital has US$28 billion AUM as of December 31, 2020.


5. BNP Paribas Real Estate



At BNP Paribas Real Estate, our ambition is to use innovation to anticipate and understand tomorrow’s cities, and create bespoke solutions that correspond to clients’ needs. Tomorrow’s real estate is being shaped today. We can already see how urban centres are being transformed by more services with more digital integration, and more mixed-use spaces. BNP Paribas Real Estate believes such changes represent challenges but also huge opportunities that can be used to our clients’ benefit. We are committed to using innovation to anticipate and understand the city of tomorrow so that we can pioneer solutions that respond to the evolving needs of our clients, from investors and occupiers, to individuals and institutions.


6. ARA


Founded in 2002 and driven by a mission to be best-in-class, ARA Asset Management Limited (ARA or the Group) is a leading APAC real assets fund manager with a global reach. ARA operates a diversified platform across assets, strategies and geographies, with approximately S$116 billion in gross assets under management globally, as at 31 December 2020.  It offers a wide range of investment solutions in both public and private markets, managing listed and unlisted real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private funds in real estate, infrastructure and credit across 28 countries. As part of its investor-operator philosophy, the Group also operates a real estate management services division with local teams to manage its assets worldwide.


7. Mapletree


Mapletree is a leading real estate development, investment, capital and property management company headquartered in Singapore. As at 31 March 2020, Mapletree owns and manages S$60.5 billion of office, retail, logistics, industrial, data centre, residential and lodging properties. The Group manages four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and six private equity real estate funds, which hold a diverse portfolio of assets in Asia Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). The Group also has an extensive network of offices in Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, South Korea, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Vietnam.