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For the second year in succession, the outright winner of our poll is Saudi
Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. This multibillionaire
businessman (Forbes recently listed his fortune at $19.4 billion) is also a
generous philanthropist with a strong social conscience. He supports many
charities and centres of learning in the Arab world and beyond which aim to aid
people of various nationalities and religions to develop a greater understanding
of each other. HRH Prince Alwaleed outlines his philosophy and beliefs in an
exclusive interview with The Middle East's editor, Pat Lancaster.
Chairman of the Executive Board of Egypt's International Economic Forum (EIEF)
and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment and Development.
Gabr founded the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in 1982, serving as
its President from 1995 to 1997. In 1993 he was elected Global Leader of
Tomorrow by the WEF. He is currently Chairman of the Arab Business Council,
promoting its agenda.
Chairman of Emaar Properties, one of the world's largest real estate companies and a key player in the development of Dubai's real estate sector, Alabbar also serves as the Director General of Dubai's Department of Economic Development and is a senior aide to Dubai's ruler and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Olayan Financing Company (OFC). As well as
her many achievements in business, she has acted as a spokesperson for
women's rights in the Middle East. In 2006, Ms Olayan joined the board of Al
Fanar, a nongovernmental, nonprofit venture supporting grass-roots
organisations promoting social change. She was the first woman to speak at a
"mixed" conference in 2004 in Jeddah.
Chief Economist and CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and
previously Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in Lebanon (1998-2000) and
First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Dr Al Saidi is a member of
the UN Committee for Development Policy. His distinguished career includes
serving as adviser and director for government organisations worldwide.
Born in 1959, Ghandour is the founder and CEO of Aramex, the world's fifth-
largest courier company. A board member of Abraaj Capital, he has served on
the advisory board of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American
University of Beirut. He is involved in the socioeconomic development of
communities and is also a founding partner of Maktoob.com, the largest Arab
Born in 1944, Issad Rebrab is a self-made man who began his career as a
teacher of business and accounting. Today he runs Algeria's biggest
conglomerate, the Cevital group. He is involved in steel, automobile importing,
agricultural foodstuffs and an oil refinery. In 1998, he embarked on a plan to
create an industrial energy complex, Cap 2015, to generate 100,000 direct jobs
and another million indirect jobs.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed is a true entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He has overseen the development of Dubai through probably the fastest
expansion of any city. In 2007, he set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Foundation that aims to develop knowledge and skills while nurturing culture and
heritage. He is also a major figure in thoroughbred horse racing.
Fahd Hariri is the youngest son of Rafiq Hariri, the former Prime Minister of
Lebanon, who was assassinated in 2005. This 27-year-old billionaire is the head
of several pan-Arab conglomerates and owns a stake in family businesses in
construction, banking and media. He runs a design studio for furnishings. He is a
board member of Beirut's terrestrial and satellite Future Television network.
As the Chairman of Dubai World, a powerful economic engine for expanding
Dubai's growth abroad, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is recognised as one of the
emirate's leading businessmen. His leadership has spearheaded ground-breaking
developments and offerings, including the Dubai Ports World purchase of the
UK's P&O Group for $6.8 billion in 2006, the industry's largest acquisition.
Born in August 1970 in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, she earned a degree in
Business Administration from AUC. She has campaigned for rights for women
and children; set up the Madrasati initiative to renovate Jordan's most-
dilapidated schools; and is a supporter of microfinance initiatives. In 2008, she
launched her own channel on YouTube. Her informal style has made her a firm
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Chancellor of the UAE
University, the Higher Colleges of Technology and President of Zayed University,
amongst other high-ranking academic positions. Sheikh Nahayan is also
Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank, and United Bank and the
founder and Chairman of Bank Alfalah and heads Warid Telecom International.
Outside his responsibilities at Alghanim Industries, he represents his family's
majority share in Gulf Bank and is a founding shareholder of Perella Weinberg
Partners and Chairman of Injaz Kuwait. He began his career in the Investment
Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, London, specialising in advisory services for
merger and acquisition transactions and corporate finance restructuring.
He is CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, mandated by the
government to drive the Masdar Initiative - Abu Dhabi's investment in the future
of energy and environmental sustainability. A board member of the Young Arab
Leaders organisation, he has held positions at companies including ADNOC-
GASCO, and served as MD for the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce
in Los Angeles.
An artist who pushes the boundaries of architecture and design, her work
experiments with spatial quality, light and landscape. She received international
acclaim in 2004, winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She designed a London
2012 Olympic stadium and new projects include the modern art museum in
Rome, a major bridge in Abu Dhabi and the Performing Arts Faculty on Saadiyat
Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned has been engaged in education and social
reforms in Qatar for many years. She is the Chair of Qatar's Foundation for
Education, Science and Community Development and President of the Supreme
Council for Family Affairs. In 2007, she was awarded the Chatham House Award
for her advocacy of closer relations between Islamic countries and the West.
The son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and head of the Gaddafi International
Charity and Development Foundation, which plays a significant and beneficial
role overseas, especially in negotiations and ransom payments for the release of
hostages. Seif Al Islam is head of organisations including Libya's National
Consultancy and chairs the National Anti-Drug Association of Libya.
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