Missouri Minute: Qatar to buy F-15s from US; Mariner Holdings selling Tortoise Investments

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Qatar signs $12 billion deal to buy St. Louis-made fighter jets

Qatar will sign a deal to buy as many as 36 St. Louis-made Boeing F-15 fighter jets from the U.S. as the two countries navigate tensions over President Donald Trump’s backing for a Saudi-led coalition’s move to isolate the country for supporting terrorism. Read more

Mariner Holdings seeks buyer for its largest investment business

Mariner Holdings, the Overland Park, Kansas-based asset and wealth management firm, is trying to sell its majority stake in Tortoise Investments, its largest investment operation. Tortoise advises clients on more than $20 billion in assets, roughly half of the total under the Mariner name. Read more

Bipartisan group of senators calls for probe of Greitens

A bipartisan group of senators is calling for a legislative investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens. Under a resolution filed this week by Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, a panel of senators would probe the governor’s use of a donor list from his former charity to raise funds during his 2016 bid for office. Read more

UM System president touts business partnerships at Columbia REDI meeting

The University of Missouri will begin emphasizing the development of research programs and facilities to create partnerships with businesses, a move that will benefit the local economy, students and the school, UM System President Mun Choi told the board of directors at Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. on Wednesday. Read more

SixThirty adds 6 startups to cybersecurity portfolio

SixThirty Cyber, the St. Louis-based cybersecurity startup accelerator, on Wednesday announced investments in six more startups. All but one of the companies are from overseas, with three from Israel. To date, more than 75 percent of the SixThirty Cyber’s portfolio investments come from abroad. Read more

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