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GoTo Boosted By $400m Abu Dhabi Wealth Fund Injection

Tech giant formed by merger of ride-hailing-to-payments firm Gojek and e-commerce outfit Tokopedia, is also backed by Alibaba, Softbank and Singapore wealth fund GIC


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GoTo’s saw its business expand with people flocking to digital platforms during Indonesia's lockdowns.

 

Indonesia’s biggest tech group, GoTo, is to benefit from a $400 million pre-IPO investment from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

Backed by Alibaba Group Holding, Softbank Vision Fund and Singapore wealth fund GIC, GoTo’s fortunes have been hugely boosted by people flocking to digital platforms during pandemic lockdowns.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, GoTo’s Chief Executive Andre Soelistyo hailed the investment by the Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund as “the first in our pre-IPO fundraising as we prime our business for exponential growth over the coming months and years.”

 

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Sources previously revealed that GoTo, formed by merging ride-hailing-to-payments firm Gojek and e-commerce leader Tokopedia in May, was set to complete a pre-IPO funding exercise to raise up to $2 billion but regulatory delays threatened to push its local listing plans to early next year.

“This investment in GoTo is aligned with a number of our key investment themes,” said Hamad Shahwan Al Dhaheri, the executive director of the private equities department of ADIA.

The digital economy in Southeast Asia’s fast-growing markets was one of these areas, he added in Wednesday’s statement.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara

 

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Sean OMeara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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