1. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman, Kingdom Holding CompanySector: FinanceAs the world’s most powerful Arab, the Prince’s influence pervades global finance, real estate, politics, media, health, education and philanthropy.With an estimated personal wealth of over $27 billion – up from around $23 billion last year – the founder and chairman of Kingdom Holding doubled his firm’s share price in 2012.Under the umbrella of Kingdom Holding, Prince Alwaleed owns stakes in Citibank, Apple Inc, News Corp and Twitter among others.See our exclusive interview with Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in the February issue of Gulf Business.
This year’s Gulf Business Power 100 list saw five of the top 10 places going to Arabs who were both born and still reside in Saudi Arabia.
The full list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs is published in the Gulf Business February issue and can be purchased from newsstands in the Gulf.
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