100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Sherine Abdel Wahab

Sherine Abdel Wahab

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Singer, actress

Country: Egypt

Country of origin: @sherineawahab

Age: 37

Sherine Abdel Wahab — more often known as just Sherine — needs no introduction from the 1.8 million who follow her on Twitter, and her 5.8 million Facebook fans. Despite dropping out of the Egyptian Music Insititute in her second year of study, Sherine kicked off her career in 2000 with her debut single Ah Ya Leil, and has since released a series of studio albums. She signed a recording deal with Rotana in 2007, and also featured on the charity hit ‘Bokra’, alongside a host of other Arab music stars. Most recently, she has been plagued by controversy; she was booed off stage for expressing her support for Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, in 2013, and was sentenced to six months in jail (plus a fine) after a legal dispute with fellow singer Sherif Mounir. Mounir later dropped the charges. Sherine is currently working on her first TV show.