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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

Rank Name Title Origin Company Industry
1 HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Chairman Kingdom Holding Finance
2 HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairman UAE Emirates/Emirates NBD Transport
3 Carlos Slim Helu Chairman and CEO Lebanon Telmex, America Movil, Grupo Carso Telecoms
4 Joseph Safra Chairman Syria Safra Group Banking
5 Khalid Al Falih Chairman KSA Aramco Energy
6 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi UAE UAE Minister of international cooperation and development Diversified
7 Yousef Al Benyan Vice chairman and acting CEO KSA SABIC Industry
8 Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEO UAE Mashreq Finance
9 Mohamed Alabbar Chairman UAE Emaar Real estate
10 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO and managing director UAE Mubadala Finance
11 Carlos Ghosn Chairman and CEO Lebanon Renault/Nissan Industry
12 Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah President Mauritania Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslims Societies Religion
13 Akbar Al Baker CEO Qatar Qatar Airways Transport
14 Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman and CEO KSA MBI International Real estate
15 Noura Al Kaabi CEO UAE twofour54 Media
16 Lubna Olayan Deputy chairperson and CEO KSA Olayan Financing Company Finance
17 Saad Sherida Al Kaabi President and CEO/ MD and chairman Qatar Qatar Petroleum/Industries Qatar Industry
18 Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary general Qatar Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Culture and society
19 Mansour Saleh Al Maiman Chairman KSA National Commercial Bank Finance
20 Mohamed Ebrahim Al Shaibani CEO UAE Investment Corporation of Dubai Finance
21 Dr Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi Director general UAE UAE Space Agency Space
22 Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al Thani CEO Qatar Qatar Investment Authority Finance
23 Ali Shareef Al Emadi Minister of finance, chairman Qatar QNB Finance
24 Mohamed Mansour Chairman Egypt Mansour Group Diversified
25 Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Chairman KSA Al Rajhi Bank Finance
26 Naguib Sawiris Chairman Egypt Orascom Telecoms/technology
27 Nasser Al Khelaifi Chairman and CEO Qatar BeIN Media Group, Qatar Sports Investment, Paris Saint-Germain Sport
28 Mohammed Bin Abdulmalik Al Sheikh Chairman KSA Capital Market Authority Financial
29 Bakr bin Laden Chairman KSA Saudi Binladin Group Real estate
30 HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Chairwoman Qatar Qatar Foundation Culture and society
31 Mohammed Al Barwani Founder and chairman Oman MB Holding Energy
32 Khalaf Al Habtoor Chairman UAE Al Habtoor Group Real estate
33 Mohammed Alshaya Chairman Kuwait MH Alshaya Retail
34 Majid Al Futtaim President UAE Majid Al Futtaim Diversified
35 Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director general UAE ADNOC Energy
36 Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Group CEO UAE Etisalat Telecoms
37 Ahmad Belhoul CEO UAE Masdar Energy
38 Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEO Qatar Qatargas Energy
39 Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEO Bahrain Mumtalakat Real estate
40 Abdalla Salem El-Badri Secretary general Libya OPEC Energy
41 Omar K Alghanim CEO Kuwait Alghanim Industries Industry
42 Reem Al Hashemi UAE Minister of state/managing director UAE Dubai World Expo 2020 Diversified
43 Sheikh Saud Bin Nassr Al Thani Group CEO Qatar Ooredoo Telecoms
44 Maher Zain Singer Lebanon Music
45 Sheikh Saleh Kamel Chairman KSA Dallah Albaraka Finance
47 Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Chairman UAE DP World, Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation Industry
47 Sheikha Mayassa Bint Al Thani Chairwoman Qatar Qatar Museums Authority Culture and society
48 Ronaldo Mouchawar Co-founder and CEO Syria Technology/retail
49 Bassem Yousef Cardiac surgeon Egypt satirist and columnist Culture and society
50 Dr Amina Al Rustamani Group CEO UAE TECOM Investments Real estate


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