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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, founder and chairman of Saudi’s Kingdom Holding Company, tops the second annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs, published by Gulf Business magazine.
The Prince enjoyed an extraordinary year as his share price more than doubled in 2012 and profits leapt by 10.6 per cent for the year to SAR707.1 million.
Emirates airline and Emirates NBD chairman Sheikh Ahmed 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 25 new entrants, with the highest new entries from three women: women’s rights advocate Reem Asaad and Olympic athletes Sarah Attar and Wodjan Ali Seraj Shaherkani.
Gulf Business assembled a team of experts from within Motivate Publishing’s 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 2012 and judged each individual case on power merit.
We weighted our criteria on a points system across the following spheres of influence, with a particular emphasis on finance:
– 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. We have included Arabs from across the world.Rank Name Title Origin Company Industry 2 Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairman UAE Emirates/Emirates NBD Transport 3 Khalid Al Falih CEO and president KSA ARAMCO Industry 4 Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Naimi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources KSA Energy 5 Mohammed Al Mady CEO KSA SABIC Industry 6 Mohamed Ali Alabbar Chairman and CEO UAE Emaar Real Estate 7 Mohammed El Erian CEO and co-CIO Egypt PIMCO Finance 8 Ahmad Al Sayed Managing director and CEO Qatar Qatar Holding Finance 9 Carlos Ghosn Chairman & CEO Lebanon Renault/Nissan Industry 10 Reem Asaad Women rights advocate KSA Culture and Society 11 Dr Fahad Al Mubarak Governor KSA SAMA Finance 12 Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Chairman & CEO KSA MBI International Real Estate 13 Bakr bin Ladin Chairman KSA Bin Laden Group Real Estate 14 Lubna Olayan CEO KSA Olayan Financing Company Finance 15 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO and managing director UAE Mubadala Finance 16 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi Minister of Foreign Trade UAE Government 17 Sarah Attar & Wojdan Shaherkani Olympic athletes KSA Culture and Society 18 Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair CEO UAE Mashreq Finance 19 Mohammed Alshaya Chairman Kuwait MH Alshaya Group Retail 20 Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Rajhi Chairman KSA Al-Rajhi Bank Finance 21 Manal Al Sharif Driver KSA Culture and Society 22 Akbar Al Baker CEO Qatar Qatar Airways Transport 23 Mansour Saleh Al-Maiman Chairman KSA National Commercial Bank Finance 24 Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Chairwoman Qatar Qatar Foundation Culture and Society 25 Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi Director General UAE ADNOC Energy 26 Ibrahim Dabdoub Group CEO Palestine NBK Finance 27 Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani CEO Qatar Qatargas Energy 28 Thoraya Ahmed Obaid Shura Council Member KSA Government 29 Dr. Charles Elachi Director US Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science 30 Elie Saab Fashion Designer Lebanon/Paris Elie Saab Culture and Society 31 Sheikh Waleed Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim Group chairman KSA MBC Group Media 32 Ali Shareef Al Emadi Group CEO Qatar Qatar National Bank Finance 33 Sheikh Saleh Kamel Chairman Chairman Dallah Albaraka Finance 34 Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi Secretary General Qatar Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Culture and Society 35 Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji CEO Bahrain Mumtalakat Finance 36 Suad Al Humaidi Investor Kuwait Finance 37 Morsi Arab Chairman Egypt International Diabetes Federation (EMME) Science 38 Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani Director General Qatar Al Jazeera Media 39 Hayat Sindi Medical researcher KSA Diagnostics for All Science 40 Tawakul Karman Nobel Peace Prize winner and political activist Yemen Culture and Society 41 Sabih Al-Masri Chairman Jordan Arab Bank Finance 42 Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar President UAE Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) Science 43 Bader Al-Kharafi Vice President Kuwait MA Kharafi Industry 44 Khalaf Al Habtoor Chairman UAE Al Habtoor Real Estate 45 Mohammed Al Amoudi Chairman Ethiopia/Saudi Arabia Midroc Energy 46 Sultan Nasser Al Suwaidi Governor UAE UAE Central Bank Finance 47 Khadem Al Qubaisi Chairman UAE Aabar Investments & Arabtec Finance 48 Khalid Al Mudaifer CEO KSA Maaden Industry 49 Omar K Alghanim CEO Kuwait Alghanim Industries Industry 50 Abdullatif al-Othman Governor and Chairman KSA SAGIA Finance 51 Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani Businesswoman Qatar Finance 52 Mohammed Jameel President KSA Abdul Latif Jameel Group Retail 53 Dr. Abdulrahman Al Zamil Chairman KSA Al Zamil Holding Company Industry 54 Jawad Ahmed Bukhamseen Founder and Chairman Kuwait Bukhamseen Diversified 55 Bader M. Al Sa’ad Managing Director Kuwait Kuwait Investment Authority Finance 56 Issam Alzahid Chairman KSA Alzahid group of companies Industry 57 Dr. Nasser Marafih CEO Qatar Qatar Telecom Telecoms 58 Dr. Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Ghoneim CEO KSA STC - Saudi Telecom Company Telecoms 59 HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Vice Chairperson KSA Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation Culture and society 60 Munib Al Masri Chairman Palestine Palestinian Development and Investment Company (PADICO) Industry 61 Mohammed Bin Ali Al Hedfa Group CEO Qatar Qatari Diar Real Estate 62 Zuhair Murad Fashion Designer Lebanon Culture and society 86 Hamad Al Ka’abi Nuclear Secretary UAE Energy 65 Abdulrahman Al Fadley CEO KSA Almarai Retail 64 Zaha Hadid Director Iraq Zaha Hadid Architects Real Estate 66 Marwan Marzouk Boodai CEO & MD Kuwait Boodai Group Industry 67 Amr Diab Singer Egypt Culture & Society 68 Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Chairman UAE DP World Industry 69 Tariq Abdullah Al Qahtani Chairman KSA Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group of Companies Industry 70 Yousef Al-Shelash Chairman KSA Dal Al-Arkan Real Estate 71 Nemir Kirdar Executive chairman and CEO Iraq Investcorp Finance 72 Majid Al Futtaim President UAE MAF Diversified 74 Ala’a Eraiqat CEO UAE Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Finance 73 Dr. Sultan Al Jaber CEO and MD UAE Masdar Energy 75 Omar Hamad Almana Chairman Qatar Almana Group Industry 76 Dr. Samia Al Amoudi Activist (Breast Cancer Awareness) KSA Science 77 Adel Ali Group CEO Bahrain Air Arabia Transport 78 Said Khoury Governor Palestine Arab Monetary Fund Finance 79 Eisa Mohammad Al Suwaidi Chairman UAE Etisalat Telecom 80 Sir Magdi Yacoub Heart Transplant Pioneer Egypt Science 81 Ali Ferzat Cartoonist Syria Media 82 Sultan Al Qassemi Current affairs commentator UAE Media 83 Mishal Kanoo Deputy chairman Bahrain Kanoo Group Industry 84 Sheikha Al Bahar CEO Kuwait National Bank of Kuwait Finance 85 Hussain Ibrahim Al Fardan Chairman Qatar Al Fardan Group Finance 63 Fadi Ghandour Founder and CEO Jordan Aramex Transport 87 Maha Khalid Al-Ghunaim Chairperson and managing director Kuwait GIH Finance 88 Samira Ibrahim Plaintiff Egypt Culture and society 98 Muhammad Al Zubair Group President Oman Al Zubair Foundation Government 89 Saeed Al Mazrooei CEO UAE Emal Industry 90 Ahmed Fahour MD and CEO Syria Australia Post Transport 91 Fatima Al Jaber COO UAE Al Jaber Group Diversified 92 Sheikha Munira Qubeysi Founder Syria Al Qubaysiat Education 93 F. Michel Abouchalache CEO Lebanon Quilvest Finance 94 Khaled Samawi Founder Syria Ayyam Gallery Culture and society 100 Nadine Labaki Director Lebanon Media 95 Dr Farouk Al Baz Scientist Egypt Science 96 Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh Chairman and CEO Palestine Fresh Del Monte Retail 99 Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa Founder and CEO Kuwait Teshkeel Media Group Culture and Society 97 Dr. Omar bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi Chairman Oman Omzest Politics 1 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Chairman KSA Kingdom Holding Finance