List of the 400 largest Pension Funds in Europe [Update 2024]

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Icons ThousandinvestorsThis list includes the 400 largest pension funds from Europe. Available data points within the lists are email addresses, LinkedIn pages and AUM approximations (in €M). The list was created on February 15th, 2024.

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List of the 3 largest pension funds in Europe

In the following, we are introducing you to five of the largest pension investment funds in Europe that are also part of our list.

1. Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP (Netherlands)

The Dutch ABP fund is one of the world’s largest pension funds, dedicated to civil servants in the Netherlands. The Heerlen-based pension fund manages over €570BN. The fund was established in 1922 as “Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds”. The Dutch pension fund aims to achieve an average annual return of 4.5%. For instance, ABP invests in bonds, equities and properties. In 2021, the fund decided not to invest in fossil fuel producers anymore.

Update 2024: In 2023, the Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP acquired Kentner, a Dutch energy infrastructure solutions company, together with OMERS.

2. Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) (Netherlands)

The PGGM pension fund is another major Dutch pension fund with more than €270BN in assets. The fund from Zeist is a major playor in global investment markets, also investing in private equity through its subsidiary AlpInvest Partners. The fund aims to have 30% of its investments contributing to SDG goals by 2030. At the end of 2022, the fund had already over €46.7BN invested in SDG-contributing projects and firms. Besides private equity, the Dutch pension funds invests in shares, bonds, funds of external asset managers and pursues securities lending.

3. Norway Government Pension Fund Global (Norway)

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund is another major playor on financial markets. It holds a significant share of global stocks and is also an important investor in Norway. The fund has stakes in more than 8,800 companies, holding 1.5% of all listed companies in the world. The Norwegian pension fund is actively pursuing responsible investments. The four main investment areas are equities, bonds, real estate and renewable energy infrastructure. For instance, the Norwegian pension fund holds 50% in a joint wind project with Ørsted A/S or a 16.63% stake in the “He Dreiht” wind farm with EnBW in Germany.

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Columns included in our list

Through our list, you can get an overview of the largest European pension funds. In detail, the list offers the most important data points to get in touch with the most important pension plan providers:

  • Name
  • Country
  • URL
  • E-Mail (if available)
  • LinkedIn Page (if available)
  • Assets under Management in €M (approximation, if available)

Especially the LinkedIn pages of the pension funds helps to get in touch with the executives and investment managers of the included firms.

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European countries with most pension funds

In Europe, only a few countries in Europe have a relevant number of active pension funds. The European countries with most pension funds are the United Kingdom (UK), Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

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UK Pension Funds

In the United Kingdom (UK), there are more than 70 major pension funds. Many firms in the UK offer workplace pension schemes. One major pension fund in the UK is, for example, the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The pension fund invests in listed equities, private markets, fixed income, as well as govermental bonds.

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Netherlands Pension Funds

One pillar of the Dutch pension system is based on collectively contributing to a pension fund together with the employer. A major Dutch pension fund is, for instance, the Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP. The fund manages more than €600BN and is an active investor. For instance, the pension fund is a large stakeholder in an European car park manager or the Portuguese motorway opeartion company.

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Switzerland Pension Funds

Also in Switzerland, company-powered pension plans are an essential part of the retirement planning of the employees. Hence, there is a large number of pension funds in Switzerland. For example, one major pension fund is the “Pensionskasse des Bundes PUBLICA”. The Swiss pension fund invests in various asset classes, for instance goverment bonds, corporate bonds, Swiss and global equities and real estate.

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Germany Pension Funds

In Germany, once pension funds, mostly initiated by large companies, were a cornerstone of the retirement system. Today, most pension funds are slowly disappearing from the market. However, there are still some major pension plans active in Germany. For example, the Bayerische Versorgungskammer is still a large-scale pension plan that is also an active investor in real estate. The fund manages more than €107BN and invests in equities, alternative investments (like private equity, infrastructure, timber and hedge funds), as well as debt papers and real estate. In the real estate sector, the pension fund invests in funds as well as direct investments.

Source: Benjamin Davies, Charles Postiaux (UK), Javier M (Netherlands), Henrique Ferreira (Switzerland), Jan Antonin Kolar (Germany)

1 review for List of the 400 largest Pension Funds in Europe [Update 2024]

  1. Tom Sagan (verified owner)

    The list offers basic information of all the important pension funds in Europe, it is good for the price. All pension funds active in EU financial markets we are dealing with are included, as well as hundreds we didn’t know yet. We already scheduled first meetings, which were initiated through through the LinkedIn column of the list. For more detailed information we would be willing to pay even more.

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