arab-power-list-2016

Business leaders, megastar musicians, inspirational women and respected scholars all know what it is like to wield power. Their influence over vast swathes of the population can have direct impact in a number of ways, be it financial, commercial, ethical, behavioural or something else altogether. For the fifth year running Gulf Business counts down the most powerful Arabs from across the world

RankNameTitleOriginCompanyIndustry
1HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ChairmanKingdom HoldingFinance
2HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum ChairmanUAEEmirates/Emirates NBDTransport
3Carlos Slim Helu Chairman and CEOLebanonTelmex, America Movil, Grupo CarsoTelecoms
4Joseph Safra ChairmanSyriaSafra GroupBanking
5Khalid Al Falih ChairmanKSAAramcoEnergy
6Sheikha Lubna Al QasimiUAEUAE Minister of international cooperation and developmentDiversified
7Yousef Al Benyan Vice chairman and acting CEOKSASABICIndustry
8Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEOUAEMashreqFinance
9Mohamed Alabbar ChairmanUAEEmaarReal estate
10Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO and managing directorUAEMubadalaFinance
11Carlos Ghosn Chairman and CEOLebanonRenault/NissanIndustry
12Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah PresidentMauritaniaForum for Promoting Peace in Muslims SocietiesReligion
13Akbar Al Baker CEOQatarQatar AirwaysTransport
14Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman and CEOKSAMBI InternationalReal estate
15Noura Al Kaabi CEOUAEtwofour54Media
16Lubna Olayan Deputy chairperson and CEOKSAOlayan Financing CompanyFinance
17Saad Sherida Al Kaabi President and CEO/ MD and chairmanQatarQatar Petroleum/Industries QatarIndustry
18Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary generalQatarQatar 2022 Supreme CommitteeCulture and society
19Mansour Saleh Al Maiman ChairmanKSANational Commercial BankFinance
20Mohamed Ebrahim Al Shaibani CEOUAEInvestment Corporation of DubaiFinance
21Dr Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi Director generalUAEUAE Space AgencySpace
22Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al Thani CEOQatarQatar Investment AuthorityFinance
23Ali Shareef Al Emadi Minister of finance, chairmanQatarQNBFinance
24Mohamed Mansour ChairmanEgyptMansour GroupDiversified
25Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi ChairmanKSAAl Rajhi BankFinance
26Naguib Sawiris ChairmanEgyptOrascomTelecoms/technology
27Nasser Al Khelaifi Chairman and CEOQatarBeIN Media Group, Qatar Sports Investment, Paris Saint-GermainSport
28Mohammed Bin Abdulmalik Al Sheikh ChairmanKSACapital Market AuthorityFinancial
29Bakr bin Laden ChairmanKSASaudi Binladin GroupReal estate
30HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser ChairwomanQatarQatar FoundationCulture and society
31Mohammed Al Barwani Founder and chairmanOmanMB HoldingEnergy
32Khalaf Al Habtoor ChairmanUAEAl Habtoor GroupReal estate
33Mohammed Alshaya ChairmanKuwaitMH AlshayaRetail
34Majid Al Futtaim PresidentUAEMajid Al FuttaimDiversified
35Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director generalUAEADNOCEnergy
36Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Group CEOUAEEtisalatTelecoms
37Ahmad Belhoul CEOUAEMasdarEnergy
38Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEOQatarQatargasEnergy
39Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEOBahrainMumtalakatReal estate
40Abdalla Salem El-Badri Secretary generalLibyaOPECEnergy
41Omar K Alghanim CEOKuwaitAlghanim IndustriesIndustry
42Reem Al Hashemi UAE Minister of state/managing directorUAEDubai World Expo 2020Diversified
43Sheikh Saud Bin Nassr Al Thani Group CEOQatarOoredooTelecoms
44Maher Zain SingerLebanonMusic
45Sheikh Saleh Kamel ChairmanKSADallah AlbarakaFinance
47Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem ChairmanUAEDP World, Ports Customs and Free Zone CorporationIndustry
47Sheikha Mayassa Bint Al Thani ChairwomanQatarQatar Museums AuthorityCulture and society
48Ronaldo Mouchawar Co-founder and CEOSyriaSouq.comTechnology/retail
49Bassem Yousef Cardiac surgeonEgyptsatirist and columnistCulture and society
50Dr Amina Al Rustamani Group CEOUAETECOM InvestmentsReal estate