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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, famously said that if you have to tell people that you are powerful, you probably aren’t. It was a delightfully correct quip from a political leader once referred to as the “Iron lady” by her country’s cold war adversaries.

Power is an invisible energy, measured not by the person, but his or her actions. There is no one specific way to demonstrate power as so ably shown by each and every individual on the fourth annual Gulf Business Top 100 ranking of the world’s most powerful Arabs.

Each of these personalities has shaped the Arab World in their own unique way, some using the influence of their vast wealth and others just the strength and courage of their convictions.
They have, to put it simply, made things happen because they could. They chose not to take a backseat when it mattered and for that, they should be applauded.


We assembled a team of experts from within Motivate’s broad business division – including the Gulf Business team itself, which has decades of experience working with and reporting on regional business and current affairs.

We looked at the events of 2014 and judged each individual case on power merit.

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


In general, we have excluded politicians and royalty, unless contenders have an unassailably strong leaning towards corporate 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 shapers.

1HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud ChairmanKSAKingdom HoldingFinance
2HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum ChairmanUAEEmirates /Emirates NBDTransport
3Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Naimi Petroleum And Mineral Resources MinisterKSAEnergy
4Carlos Slim Honorary ChairmanLebanonAmeirca MovilTelecom
5Khalid Al Falih CEOKSAAramco Energy
6Mohamed Al Mady Vice Chairman And CEOKSASabicIndustry
7Suhail Al Mazroui Energy MinisterUAEEnergy
8Major Mariam Al Mansouri Female Fighter PilotUAEMilitary
9HE Mohamed Ali Alabbar ChairmanUAEEmaarReal Estate
10Carlos Ghosn Chairman And CEOLebanonRenault/NissanIndustry
11Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary GeneralQatarQatar 2022 Supreme CommitteeCulture And Society
12Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman And CEOKSAMBI InternationalReal Estate
13Bakr Binladin ChairmanKSABinladin GroupReal Estate
14Khadem Al Qubaisi ChairmanUAEInternational Petroleum Investment Company, Aabar Investments & ArabtecFinance
15Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO And Managing DirectorUAEMubada La Development CompanyFinance
16Lubna Olayan CEOKSAOlayan Financing CompanyFinance
17Mansour Saleh Al-Maiman ChairmanKSANational Commercial BankFinance
18Mohamed Ebrahim Al Shaibani CEOUAEInvestment Corporation Of DubaiFinance
19Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al Thani CEOQatarQatar Investment AuthorityFinance
20HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEOUAEMashreqFinance
21Akbar Al Baker CEOQatarQatar AirwaysTransport
22Loujain Al Hathloul Driving activistKSACulture And Society
23Ali Shareef Al Emadi Minister Of Finance, ChairmanQatarQNBFinance
24HE Reem Al Hashimy Minister of State and Managing Director, Dubai World Expo 2020UAEDiversified
25Sheikh Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi ChairmanKSAAl Rajhi BankFinance
26Mohammed Bin Abdulmalik Al Sheikh ChairmanKSACapital Market AuthorityFinance
27Mohammed Saleh Al SadaQatarMinister of Energy and IndustryEnergy
28Mohammed Alshaya ChairmanKuwaitMH AlshayaRetail
29Sheikha Mayassa Bint Al Thani ChairwomanQatarQatar Museums AuthorityCulture And Society
30Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director GeneralUAEADNOCEnergy
31Somayya Jabarti Editor-in-ChiefKSASaudi GazetteMedia
32Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEOQatarQatargasEnergy
33Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEOBahrainMumtalakatFinance
34HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser ChairwomanQatarQatar FoundationCulture And Society
35Abdalla Salem El-Badri Secretary GeneralLibyaSecretary GeneralEnergy
36Elie Saab Fashion DesignerLEBANONCulture and Society
37Sheikh Waleed Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim Group chairmanKSAMBC GroupMedia
38Khalaf Al Habtoor ChairmanUAEAl Habtoor GroupReal Estate
39Obadah Al-Kaddri DirectorSyriaAl WatanMedia
40Dr Fahad Al-Mubarak GovernorKSASAMAFinance
50Nassef Sawiris Director and CEOEgyptOrascom Construction IndustriesReal Estate
49Mubarak Rashid Al Mansouri Governor, CEOUAEUAE Central Bank and Emirates Investment AuthorityFinance
48Dr. Sultan Al Jaber Minister of state , CEO and MDUAEMasdarEnergy
47Bader Al-Kharafi Vice President,KuwaitMA KharafiIndustry
46Nasser Al-Khelaifi Chairman, CEO, PresidentQatarbeIN MediaGroup, Paris Saint-Germain F.C, Qatar Sports InvestmentSport
45Suad Al Humaidi InvestorKuwaitFinance
44Abdulla J Kalban CEO and MDUAEEmirates Global AluminiumIndustry
43Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Sugair ChairmanKSASaudi Telecom CompanyTelecoms
42Sheikh Saleh Kamel ChairmanKSADallah AlbarakaDiversified
41Dr Nasser Marafih CEOQatarOoredooTelecoms
60Youssef Al Shelash ChairmanKSADar Al-ArkanReal Estate
59Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem ChairmanUAEDP WorldIndustry
58Omar K Alghanim CEOKuwaitAlghanim IndustriesIndustry
57Khalid Al Mudaifer CEOKSAMa’adenIndustry
56Sheikh Ahmad Al-Ghamdi Saudi ClericKSACulture and Society
55Mohammed Al Amoudi ChairmanEthiopia/Saudi ArabiaMidrocEnergy
54Zaha Hadid DirectorIraqZaha Hadid ArchitectsReal Estate
53Nayla Hayek Chairwoman, CEOLebanonSwatch Group, Harry WinstonRetail
52Majid Al Futtaim PresidentUAEMAFDiversified
51Adel S Al-Ghamdi CEOKSATadawulFinance
70Issam Alzahid ChairmanKSAAlzahid group of companiesIndustry
69Mohammed Bin Ali Al Hedfa Group CEOQatarQatari DiarReal Estate
68Bader M. Al Sa’ad MDKuwaitKuwait Investment AuthorityFinance
67Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh Chairman and CEOPalestineFresh Del MonteRetail
66Ziad Bin Mohammed Al Shiha CEOKSASaudi ElectricityEnergy
65Jawad Ahmed Bukhamseen Founder and ChairmanUAEBukhamseenDiversified
64Adel Ali Group CEOBahrainAir ArabiaTransport
63Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Zamil ChairmanKSAAl Zamil Holding CompanyIndustry
62Eisa Mohamed Al Suwaidi ChairmanUAEEtisalatTelecoms
61Mohammed Jameel Chairman and PresidentKSAAbdul Latif Jameel GroupRetail
80He Essa Kazim Chairman, DFM, CEO, Governor,UAEBorse Dubai, DIFCFinance
79Sheikha Al Bahar Deputy Group CEOKuwaitNational Bank of KuwaitFinance
78Baseem Yousef Cardiac SurgeonEgyptSatirist And Columnist
77Omar Hamad Almana Chairman,QatarAlmana GroupIndustry
76Zuhair Murad Fashion DesignerLebanonCulture and Society
75Tariq Abdullah Al Qahtani ChairmanKSAAbdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group Of CompaniesDiversified
74Dr. Amina Al Rustamani Group CEOUAETECOM InvestmentsReal Estate
73Marwan Marzouk Boodai CEO, MD, ChairmanKuwaitBoodai Group, Jazeera AirwaysIndustry
72Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani Founder and ChairwomanQatarAmwalFinance
71Adel Aujan ChairmanKSAAujan IndustriesRetail
100Muhammed Al Zubair FounderOmanAl Zubair FoundationCulture & Society
99Karl Sharro SatiristLebanonCommentator And ArchitectCulture And Society
98Taoufik Makhloufi AthleteAlgeriaSport
97Salah Tahlak DirectorUaeDubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsSport
96Ali Rashid Lootah ChairmanUAENakheelReal Estate
95Elias Zerhouni President, Global R&DAlgeriaSanofi PharmaceuticalsScience
94Munib Al Masri ChairmanPalestinePalestinian Development And Investment CompanyIndustry
93Maha Khalid Al-Ghunaim Vice Chairman And Group CeoKuwaitGIHFinance
92Dr. Omar Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi BusinessmanOmanDiversified
91Noura Al Kaabi CEOUAETwofour54Media
90Hazem Shareef WinnerSyriaArab IdolCulture And Society
89Shehab Gargash Chairman And FounderUAEDaman InvestmentsFinance
88Ahmed Hassan Zewail ScientistEgyptScience
87Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saud Al Thani GovernorQatarQatar Central BankFinance
86Fatima Al Jaber COOUAEAl Jaber GroupDiversified
85Hussain Sajwani Chairman And FounderUAEDamac PropertiesReal Estate
84Mustafa Agha JournalistSyriaMedia
83Mishal Kanoo Deputy ChairmanBahrainKanoo GroupIndustry
82Haifa Al-Mansour Film DirectorKSAMedia
81Hussain Ibrahim Al Fardan ChairmanQatarAl Fardan GroupDiversified