Monday, 29 March 2010


Power 100 2010 : The world's most influential Arabs

  • Monday, 29 March 2010
  • Fouad GM
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  • I'm not a subscribed member of and therefore only have access to the promo article they made available announcing this year's list of 100 most influential Arabs in the world - but hope to have access to it soon. The promo article is also available in Arabic.

    In the promo article however, mentions a few names from the list's top ten.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has topped the list as he has done for the past six years. "When it comes to power and influence, there is simply no equal. Whether through his vast business empire, his massive philanthropic activities or his presence on the world business and political stage, Prince Alwaleed has once again proved himself to be the best."

    Second on the list however came Dubai'sPolice Chief, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, whose name rose to prominence recently in the aftermath of the Mabhuh assassination making his name a household name "from Dubai to New York, and London to Hong Kong".

    Interestingly however, Egyptian-born Dalia Mogahed came third to become the highest ranking female on the list. Mogahed was appointed advisor to US president Barack Obama - the first Muslim veiled woman to be appointed to a senior position in the White House.

    The list then goes on with a few more business tycoons occupying elevated positions. But according to Wael Abbas, the Egyptian blogger made it to the list. The young, award-winning and controversial Egyptian blogger who has witnessed varyious forms of harassment in Egypt made it to the list of the world's most influential Arabs occupying . News was confirmed by the Egyptian daily, Al-Masry Al-Youm.

    According to the ArabiaBusiness.Com Saudi Arabia lost its top spot from last year whereas the UAE regained the spot with a bang in 2010, netting seventeen of the slots in the Power 100. In at two is Egypt with sixteen entries, followed by Lebanon and Saudi Arabia with fifteen spots each. Syria comes in an impressive fifth with twelve entries.

    Al-Masry Al-Youm named the sixteen Egyptians who made it to the ArabianBusiness.Com list. According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Dalia Mogahed and Captain Hassan Shehata (of the Egyptian National Football League) made it to the top ten. The remaining 14 personalities Al-Masry Al-Youm named are listed below (linked to their respective Wikipedia entries)

    1. Ezzat Abou O'uf (actor, 24th rank)
    2. Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar (Chairman of Committee of Scientific Notions in the Qur'an, 25th)
    3. Dr. Ahmad Zuwail (physicist, chemist and Nobel Prize lauret, 27th)
    4. Mohammed Nagi (Geddo, footballer, 44th)
    5. Shafiq Gabr (businessman, 47th)
    6. Dr. Farouk El-Baz (Egyptian-American NASA astrologist, 51st)
    7. Amro Diab (pop artist, 60th)
    8. Tamer Hosni (pop artist, 63rd)
    9. Mahmoud Wael ("smartest" kid in the world, 73rd)
    10. Dr. Magdi Yacoub (Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the UK, 75th)
    11. Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei (former IAEA director and potential presidential candidate, 76th)
    12. Abou Treika (footballer, 78th)
    13. Wael Abbas (blogger, 96th)
    15. Ahmad Abol Magd (former Minister of Media and Information, 99th)

    I'll try to get access to the list in the next days to get more names and information on who's who in ArabianBusiness' list.

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