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.

1HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud ChairmanKSAKingdom HoldingFinance
17HE Mohammed AL SHAIBANI CEOUAEInvestment Corporation Of Dubai And Director General Of Ruler’s CourtFinance
2HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum ChairmanUAEEmirates /Emirates NBDTransport
3Khalid Al Falih CEOKSASaudi AramcoFinance
33Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel ChairmanKSADallah AlbarakaFinance
50Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Zamil ChairmanKSAAl Zamil HoldingIndustry
4Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Naimi Petroleum And Mineral Resources MinisterKSAEnergy
49Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel Chairman and PresidentKSAAbdul Latif Jameel GroupRetail
47Omar K Alghanim CEOKuwaitAlghanim IndustriesIndustry
48Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani BusinesswomanQatarFinance
46Khalaf Al Habtoor ChairmanUAEAl HabtoorReal Estate
45Nassef Sawiris Director and CEOEgyptOrascom Construction IndustriesReal Estate
44HE Khadem Al Qubaisi ChairmanUAEAabar Investments & ArabtecFinance
43Khalid Al Mudaifer CEO And PresidentKSAMa’adenIndustry
42Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi ChairmanEthiopia/Saudi ArabiaMidrocEnergy
41Mohamed El Erian Outgoing CEOEgyptPimcoFinance
40HE Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi GovernorUAEUAE Central BankFinance
39Dr Fahad Almubarak GovernorKSASAMAFinance
38Zaha Hadid DirectorIraqZaha Hadid ArchitectsReal Estate
37Bader Al-Kharafi Board MemberKuwaitMA KharafiIndustry
35Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEOBahrainMumtalakatFinance
34Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary GeneralQatarQatar 2022 Supreme CommitteeCulture And Society
32Nayla Hayek Chairwoman, CEOLebanonSwatch Group, Harry WinstonRetail
31Sheikh Waleed Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim Group chairmanKSAMBC GroupMedia
29Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEOQatarQatargasEnergy
36Suad Al Humaidi InvestorKuwaitFinance
30Elie Saab Fashion DesignerLebanon/ParisCulture and Society
28Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director GeneralUAEADNOCEnergy
27Hh Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser ChairwomanQatarQatar FoundationCulture And Society
26Mansour Saleh Al-Maiman ChairmanKSANational Commercial BankFinance
25Mohammed Alshaya ChairmanKuwaitMH AlshayaRetail
24HE Ali Shareef Al Emadi Minister Of Finance, ChairmanQatarQNBFinance
23Akbar Al Baker CEOQatarQatar AirwaysTransport
22Salman Al Ouda Saudi Cleric, Muslim Scholar, DirectorIslam TodayCulture And Society
21Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani JudgeQatarCulture And Society
20Sheikh Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi ChairmanKSAAl Rajhi BankFinance
19Iqbal Al Assaad DoctorPalestineScience
18HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEOUAEMashreqFinance
16Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani ChairwomanQatarQatar Museums AuthorityCulture And Society
15Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO And Managing DirectorUAEMubada La Development CompanyFinance
14Hayat Sindi Medical ResearcherKSAScience
13Lubna Olayan CEOKSAOlayan Financing CompanyFinance
12BAKR Binladin ChairmanBinladin GroupReal Estate
11Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman And CEOKSAMBI InternationalReal Estate
10Carlos Ghosn Chairman And CEOLebanonRenault/NissanIndustry
9HE Mohamed Ali Alabbar ChairmanUAEEmaarReal Estate
8Ahmad Mohamed Al Sayed CEOQatarQatar Investment AuthorityFinance
7Aziza Al Yousef Saudi Female DriverKSACulture And Society
6Mohamed Al Mady Vice Chairman And CEOKSASabicIndustry
5HE Reem Al Hashimy Minister Of State And Managing Director Of Dubai World Expo 2020UAEDiversified
92Essa Kazim Chairman, CEO, GovernorUAEDFM, Borse Dubai, DIFCFinance
51Jawad Ahmed Bukhamseen Founder and ChairmanKuwaitBukhamseenDiversified
52Latifa Al Shaalan Council MemberKSASaudi ShuraCulture and Society
53Bader M. Al Sa’ad CEO and MDKuwaitKuwait Investment AuthorityFinance
54Sheikh Issam Alzahid ChairmanKSAAlzahid group of companiesIndustry
55Dr Nasser Marafih GROUP CEOQatarOoredooTelecoms
56Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Sugair Chairman and Acting CEOKSASaudi Teleco M CompanyTelecoms
57Mohammed Bin Ali Al Hedfa Group CEOQatarQatari DiarReal Estate
58Munib Al Masri ChairmanPalestinePalestinian Development And Investment Company (PADICO)Industry
59Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Chairwoman And CEOKSATime EntertainmentCulture and Society
60Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh Chairman and CEOPalestineFresh Del MonteRetail
61Dr Charles Elachi DirectorLebanonJet Propulsion LaboratoryScience
62Zuhair Murad Fashion DesignerLebanonCulture and Society
63Sultan Al Qassemi Current Affairs CommentatorUAEMedia
64Marwan Marzouk Boodai CEO, ChairmanKuwaitBoodai Group, Jazeera AirwaysIndustry
65Sultan Ahmed Bin SulayemChairmanDP WorldIndustry
66Tariq Abdullah Al Qahtani ChairmanKSAAbdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group Of CompaniesIndustry
67Eissa Mohamed Al Suwaidi ChairmanUAEEtisalatTelecoms
68Youssef Al-Shelash ChairmanKSADar Al-ArkanReal Estate
69Saeed Al Mazrooei CEO and PresidentUAEEmalIndustry
70Adel Ali Group CEOBahrainAir ArabiaTransport
71Majid Al Futtaim PresidentUAEMAFDiversified
72Adel Aujan ChairmanKSAAujan Group HoldingDiversified
73Nemir Kirdar Executive Chairman and CEOIraqInvestcorpFinance
74HE Sultan Al Jaber Minister of state , CEO and MDUAEMasdarEnergy
75Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar PresidentUAEArab Science & Technology FoundationScience
76Omar Hamad Almana ChairmanQatarAlmana GroupIndustry
77Dr Samia Al Amoudi Activist (Breast cancer awareness )KSAScience
78Abdalla Salem El-Badri Secretary GeneralLibyaOPECEnergy
79Said Khoury ChairmanPalestineCCCFinance
80Dr Khawla Al Kuraya Cancer ResearcherKSAShura Council MemberScience
81Baseem Youssef Cardiac SurgeonEgyptSatirist And Columnist
82Mohammed Assaf WinnerPalestineArab IdolCulture and Society
83Sheikha Al Bahar CEOKuwaitNational Bank of KuwaitFinance
84Ibrahim Dabdoub Former CEOPalestineNBKFinance
85Hussain Ibrahim Alfardan ChairmanQatarAl Fardan GroupDiversified
86Mishal Kanoo Deputy ChairmanBahrainKanoo GroupIndustry
87Maha Khalid Al-Ghunaim Chairperson and Managing DirectorKuwaitGlobal Investment HouseFinance
88Fadi Ghandour FounderJordanAramexFinance
89Fatima Al Jaber COOUAEAl Jaber GroupDiversified
90Fady Michel Abouchalache CEOLebanonQuilvestFinance
91Ahmed Fahour MD and CEOLebanonAustralia PostTransport
93Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani Governor and ChairmanQatarQFMA Board , QFMFinance
94Ahmed Hassan Zewail ScientistEgyptScience
95Elias Zerhouni ChairmanAlgeriaGlobal R&D, Sanofi Pharmace Utica LsSCIENCE
96Dr Omar Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi Business ManOmanDiversified
97Ahmed Ali Mohamed Al Sayegh ChairmanUAEAbu Dhabi Global MarketplaceFinance
98Hussain Sajwani Chairman and FounderUAEDamac GroupReal Estate
99Mohammad AL ZUBAIR FounderOmanAl Zubair FoundationCulture and Society
100Ziad Bin Mohammed Al-Shiha CEOKSASaudi Electricity CompanyEnergy