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The region’s most authoritative business list is here…

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, founder and chairman of Saudi’s Kingdom Holding Company, once again tops the third annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs, published by Gulf Business magazine.

Despite a spate of controversies, the Prince reaped some hefty profits, notably from his investment in social networking platform Twitter.

Emirates airline and Emirates NBD chairman Sheikh Ahmed again ranks second, followed in third place by Khalid Al-Falih, who resides over Saudi oil firm Aramco, thought to be the world’s most valuable unlisted company.

This year’s list saw 21 new entrants, with two of the new entries featuring within the top 10 – UAE minister of state and MD of Dubai World Expo 2020 Reem Al Hashimy and Saudi female driver Aziza Al Yousef.


Gulf Business assembled a team of experts from within Motivate broad business division, including the Gulf Business team itself, which has decades of experience working with the Arab business community and reporting on regional news.

The team looked at the events of 2013 and judged each individual case on power merit.

We have included business people of Arab descent from all over the world. We weighted our criteria on a points system across the following spheres of influence:

– Financial capital
– Human capital
– Expansion plans
– Personal fame levels.

In general, Gulf Business has excluded politicians and royalty, unless the contenders have a strong leaning towards business activity.

The Gulf Business Arab Power 100 is intended to be an inspirational representation of some of the Arab world’s greatest achievers and future makers.

Rank Name Title Origin Company Industry
1 HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Chairman KSA Kingdom Holding Finance
17 HE Mohammed AL SHAIBANI CEO UAE Investment Corporation Of Dubai And Director General Of Ruler’s Court Finance
2 HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairman UAE Emirates /Emirates NBD Transport
3 Khalid Al Falih CEO KSA Saudi Aramco Finance
33 Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel Chairman KSA Dallah Albaraka Finance
50 Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Zamil Chairman KSA Al Zamil Holding Industry
4 Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Naimi Petroleum And Mineral Resources Minister KSA Energy
49 Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel Chairman and President KSA Abdul Latif Jameel Group Retail
47 Omar K Alghanim CEO Kuwait Alghanim Industries Industry
48 Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani Businesswoman Qatar Finance
46 Khalaf Al Habtoor Chairman UAE Al Habtoor Real Estate
45 Nassef Sawiris Director and CEO Egypt Orascom Construction Industries Real Estate
44 HE Khadem Al Qubaisi Chairman UAE Aabar Investments & Arabtec Finance
43 Khalid Al Mudaifer CEO And President KSA Ma’aden Industry
42 Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi Chairman Ethiopia/Saudi Arabia Midroc Energy
41 Mohamed El Erian Outgoing CEO Egypt Pimco Finance
40 HE Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi Governor UAE UAE Central Bank Finance
39 Dr Fahad Almubarak Governor KSA SAMA Finance
38 Zaha Hadid Director Iraq Zaha Hadid Architects Real Estate
37 Bader Al-Kharafi Board Member Kuwait MA Kharafi Industry
35 Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEO Bahrain Mumtalakat Finance
34 Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary General Qatar Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Culture And Society
32 Nayla Hayek Chairwoman, CEO Lebanon Swatch Group, Harry Winston Retail
31 Sheikh Waleed Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim Group chairman KSA MBC Group Media
29 Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEO Qatar Qatargas Energy
36 Suad Al Humaidi Investor Kuwait Finance
30 Elie Saab Fashion Designer Lebanon/Paris Culture and Society
28 Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director General UAE ADNOC Energy
27 Hh Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Chairwoman Qatar Qatar Foundation Culture And Society
26 Mansour Saleh Al-Maiman Chairman KSA National Commercial Bank Finance
25 Mohammed Alshaya Chairman Kuwait MH Alshaya Retail
24 HE Ali Shareef Al Emadi Minister Of Finance, Chairman Qatar QNB Finance
23 Akbar Al Baker CEO Qatar Qatar Airways Transport
22 Salman Al Ouda Saudi Cleric, Muslim Scholar, Director Islam Today Culture And Society
21 Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani Judge Qatar Culture And Society
20 Sheikh Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi Chairman KSA Al Rajhi Bank Finance
19 Iqbal Al Assaad Doctor Palestine Science
18 HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEO UAE Mashreq Finance
16 Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Chairwoman Qatar Qatar Museums Authority Culture And Society
15 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO And Managing Director UAE Mubada La Development Company Finance
14 Hayat Sindi Medical Researcher KSA Science
13 Lubna Olayan CEO KSA Olayan Financing Company Finance
12 BAKR Binladin Chairman Binladin Group Real Estate
11 Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman And CEO KSA MBI International Real Estate
10 Carlos Ghosn Chairman And CEO Lebanon Renault/Nissan Industry
9 HE Mohamed Ali Alabbar Chairman UAE Emaar Real Estate
8 Ahmad Mohamed Al Sayed CEO Qatar Qatar Investment Authority Finance
7 Aziza Al Yousef Saudi Female Driver KSA Culture And Society
6 Mohamed Al Mady Vice Chairman And CEO KSA Sabic Industry
5 HE Reem Al Hashimy Minister Of State And Managing Director Of Dubai World Expo 2020 UAE Diversified
92 Essa Kazim Chairman, CEO, Governor UAE DFM, Borse Dubai, DIFC Finance
51 Jawad Ahmed Bukhamseen Founder and Chairman Kuwait Bukhamseen Diversified
52 Latifa Al Shaalan Council Member KSA Saudi Shura Culture and Society
53 Bader M. Al Sa’ad CEO and MD Kuwait Kuwait Investment Authority Finance
54 Sheikh Issam Alzahid Chairman KSA Alzahid group of companies Industry
55 Dr Nasser Marafih GROUP CEO Qatar Ooredoo Telecoms
56 Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Sugair Chairman and Acting CEO KSA Saudi Teleco M Company Telecoms
57 Mohammed Bin Ali Al Hedfa Group CEO Qatar Qatari Diar Real Estate
58 Munib Al Masri Chairman Palestine Palestinian Development And Investment Company (PADICO) Industry
59 Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Chairwoman And CEO KSA Time Entertainment Culture and Society
60 Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh Chairman and CEO Palestine Fresh Del Monte Retail
61 Dr Charles Elachi Director Lebanon Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science
62 Zuhair Murad Fashion Designer Lebanon Culture and Society
63 Sultan Al Qassemi Current Affairs Commentator UAE Media
64 Marwan Marzouk Boodai CEO, Chairman Kuwait Boodai Group, Jazeera Airways Industry
65 Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Chairman DP World Industry
66 Tariq Abdullah Al Qahtani Chairman KSA Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group Of Companies Industry
67 Eissa Mohamed Al Suwaidi Chairman UAE Etisalat Telecoms
68 Youssef Al-Shelash Chairman KSA Dar Al-Arkan Real Estate
69 Saeed Al Mazrooei CEO and President UAE Emal Industry
70 Adel Ali Group CEO Bahrain Air Arabia Transport
71 Majid Al Futtaim President UAE MAF Diversified
72 Adel Aujan Chairman KSA Aujan Group Holding Diversified
73 Nemir Kirdar Executive Chairman and CEO Iraq Investcorp Finance
74 HE Sultan Al Jaber Minister of state , CEO and MD UAE Masdar Energy
75 Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar President UAE Arab Science & Technology Foundation Science
76 Omar Hamad Almana Chairman Qatar Almana Group Industry
77 Dr Samia Al Amoudi Activist (Breast cancer awareness ) KSA Science
78 Abdalla Salem El-Badri Secretary General Libya OPEC Energy
79 Said Khoury Chairman Palestine CCC Finance
80 Dr Khawla Al Kuraya Cancer Researcher KSA Shura Council Member Science
81 Baseem Youssef Cardiac Surgeon Egypt Satirist And Columnist
82 Mohammed Assaf Winner Palestine Arab Idol Culture and Society
83 Sheikha Al Bahar CEO Kuwait National Bank of Kuwait Finance
84 Ibrahim Dabdoub Former CEO Palestine NBK Finance
85 Hussain Ibrahim Alfardan Chairman Qatar Al Fardan Group Diversified
86 Mishal Kanoo Deputy Chairman Bahrain Kanoo Group Industry
87 Maha Khalid Al-Ghunaim Chairperson and Managing Director Kuwait Global Investment House Finance
88 Fadi Ghandour Founder Jordan Aramex Finance
89 Fatima Al Jaber COO UAE Al Jaber Group Diversified
90 Fady Michel Abouchalache CEO Lebanon Quilvest Finance
91 Ahmed Fahour MD and CEO Lebanon Australia Post Transport
93 Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani Governor and Chairman Qatar QFMA Board , QFM Finance
94 Ahmed Hassan Zewail Scientist Egypt Science
95 Elias Zerhouni Chairman Algeria Global R&D, Sanofi Pharmace Utica Ls SCIENCE
96 Dr Omar Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi Business Man Oman Diversified
97 Ahmed Ali Mohamed Al Sayegh Chairman UAE Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace Finance
98 Hussain Sajwani Chairman and Founder UAE Damac Group Real Estate
99 Mohammad AL ZUBAIR Founder Oman Al Zubair Foundation Culture and Society
100 Ziad Bin Mohammed Al-Shiha CEO KSA Saudi Electricity Company Energy


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