The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World

Arabian Business released their list of “The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World” and quite a few from Kuwait made the list including a number of women. The highest ranked Kuwaiti on the list was Mohammed Alshaya in 26th place (pictured above) while the highest Arab overall was Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed. Below are the rankings of the Arabs from Kuwait (not all are Kuwaiti):

26 – Mohammed Alshaya – MH Alshaya
51 – Ibrahim Dabdoub – National Bank of Kuwait
66 – Bader Al Kharafi – Kharafi Group
156 – Marwan Boodai – Boodai Corp
175 – Sheikha Al Bahar – National Bank of Kuwait
191 – Maha Al Ghunaim – Global Investment House
197 – Suad Al Humaidi – Landmark SAL
207 – Mohammed Husain – Equate Petrochemical Co
225 – Tarek Sultan – Agility
229 – Michel Accad – Gulf Bank
245 – Donna Sultan – KEO Consultants
261 – Faisal Al Ayyar – KIPCO
267 – Salem Al Hindi – Rotana Audio & Visual Group
275 – Omar Alghanim – Gulf Bank
282 – Mohammed Al-Khodairi – Kuwait Finance House
295 – Farouk Al Zanki – Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
302 – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – Cordoba Initiative
324 – Rashid Yaqoub Al Nafisi – Al Mazaya Holding
327 – Sheikha Hessa Saad Al Sabah – Council for Arab Businesswomen
328 – Saad Al Barrak – Zain
329 – Sara Akbar – Kuwait Energy
377 – Maha Hussein – Petrochemical Industries
390 – Ghosson Al Khaled – ACICO
399 – Hamad Al Falah – Kuwait Airways
411 – Ibrahim Al Qadhi – Boubyan Bank
414 – Adnan Al Musallam – The Investment Dar
444 – Naif Al Mutawa – The 99
478 – Ghaida Al Khaled – ACICO Construction
492 – Fawaz Al Hasawi – Nottingham Forest FC

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23 replies on “The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World”

There is also Dr. Naif Al Mutawa (444) the creator of the The 99 Comic Book series and founder of Teshkeel group, I dont know why they said UAE though

Dr. Saad left Zain group in 2010 and found ILA an advisory firm capitalizing on the emerging opportunities arising from the convergence between IT and telecoms.

bullshit the most powerful Arab is the king of saudi. an autocratic leader who governs a country that owns 20% of the world oil reserves

It depends on what you mean by powerful. If it is having the power to make decisions and control resources, then the most powerful Arabs are the leaders of their respective countries, especially the Gulf. This list appears to be more about the business elite and their companies. I would say though I’m bit surprised that Maha Al_Ghunaim is still on the list after the colossal meltdown at Global Investments.

See above, they never include leaders on these because obviously a leader is more powerful than a businessman

are the females of the top 100 females list on this list? same same?
and seriously why am i not on there? why are you not on there? wtf arent WE on there?

Panadrex? Is that what they give you at the government clinic? Of course, if you are an expat, in the afternoon?

Mohammed Alshaya! The one who is running the business is CEO Wassim Orabi; he should be there instead of Mohammed Alshaya (business owner)

Its funny to see the CEO of Gulf Bank ahead of the owner of Gulf bank πŸ˜›

and arent these 4 in failing companies? how can you be a failure and be on the most powerful list?

191 – Maha Al Ghunaim – Global Investment House
324 – Rashid Yaqoub Al Nafisi – Al Mazaya Holding
399 – Hamad Al Falah – Kuwait Airways
414 – Adnan Al Musallam – The Investment Dar

i think thats the picture of him hearing about the news himself. MR shaya *points to FNS’s comment

How can Maha Al Ghunaim be on that list? She bankrupted Global and failed miserably as a business woman!

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