Welcome to Infrastructure Investor’s 2021 Annual Awards. For a 13th year in a row, we take this opportunity to honour the sector’s managers, investors and advisers who have excelled in their respective fields from across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
This year, our awards span 65 categories, which speaks to the sector’s resilience and impressive performance despite another challenging year.
We received thousands of submissions, which we meticulously reviewed, as we do each year, to compile a shortlist, highlighting the achievements of each nominee making the cut. Throughout December and early January, thousands of you cast your votes online, which we then checked to ensure compliance with our strict rules. The results of this months-long process, which began in November, you will find on the following pages. While some categories saw tight races – such as Social Infrastructure Investor of the Year – others were won by a landslide.
One of the stand-out winners for the sheer number of categories in which it came out on top was KKR, which won first place in 22 categories. This included Fund Manager of the Year, Global, thanks in part to the closing of its maiden Asia fund, which at $3.9 billion is the largest infrastructure fund dedicated to the region. Its acquisition of a 20 percent stake in Sempra Infrastructure Partners, a newly established entity that will focus on the development and construction of LNG export infrastructure in North America, for $3.37 billion, won it first place for Energy Deal of the Year, as well as Energy Investor of the Year, Global.
But that’s just one firm and a small sample of categories. We’ll let you discover the rest in the following pages, including those who placed second and third, and who deserve your attention.