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Why Temasek? / Overview of Temasek

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Temasek is a Singapore-based pension fund managing over S$403B, of which a percentage of profits is given to the government for social initiatives. It focuses its operations in Asia, with offices in 12 cities across the world. Temasek manages a portfolio of investments in various sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, media, and technology. The company was founded in 1974 and is wholly owned by the Singaporean government. Temasek operates as a long-term investor, with a focus on value creation and sustainable growth.

Temasek Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Temasek, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment team you are recruiting with has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We explain how to answer qualitative questions and research private equity firms in our Private Equity Course. We also teach how to build LBO models and prepare for case study interviews.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

Temasek acquired a majority stake in TIC (testing, inspection, and certification) service provider Element Materials. Previously a minority holder, Temasek purchased its new stake from British PE firm Bridgepoint.

  • Transaction Description: Temasek Holdings Limited agreed to acquire remaining unknown majority stake in Element Materials Technology Group Limited from Bridgepoint Group plc (LSE:BPT).

  • Transaction Date: Closed July 2022

  • Transaction Value: $7B enterprise value

  • Press Release

Fact Sheet

Temasek Logo

  • Company Name: Temasek

  • Description: Temasek is a global investment company and active investor, with four key structural trends guiding its long-term portfolio construction – Digitization, Sustainable Living, Future of Consumption, and Longer Lifespans

  • Firm Category: Pension Plan

  • Status: Temasek is a privately held company

  • Founded: 1974

  • Assets Under Management: S$403B

  • Chief Executive Officer: Dilhan Sandrasegara

  • Headquarters: Singapore


Temasek Glassdoor

Temasek Salary

Based on Glassdoor, the average base salary for an Investment Associate at Temasek is $89k. We note that this salary information may be dated and not reflective of their current pay.


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