Power 100 highlights - from 80-61

COMING UP: The Power 100 rankings from 60-41 will be revealed at 10am.
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 28 Mar 2010 09:00 AM

 

Our second batch of the Power 100 includes our youngest ever entry, an Egyptian footballer, two prominent journalists and the woman in charge of handling Dubai's brand at home and abroad.

Click here to view the list .

Egyptian boy genius Mahmoud Wael is a new entry at 73 and has an IQ of 155, 13 points above the average. To see the list so far, click here .

Moody, as he’s known to friends and family, learnt English in three months, and now has advanced French and German.

Moody was three and a half when his father realised something was out of the ordinary. He has said he wants to be a mathematician or a scientist when he grows up, like his role model Ahmed Zewail, the Egyptian 1999 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.

In the list at 78, Mohamed Aboutrika, the 31-year-old Egyptian striker , has a bachelor’s diploma in philosophy hanging on his sitting room wall as well as a host of winners’ medals.

Dubbed the ‘Egyptian Zidane’, the Al Ahly star is arguably the best footballer on Earth not plying his trade in Europe or South America.

Although a foot injury meant he missed out on this year’s African Cup of Nations tournament, he helped his nation top the tournament in 2006, and then scored the winning goal next time around in 2008.

Mona Al Marri, CEO, Brand Dubai is a new entry at number 64 in our Power 100 list.

The former PR guru has taken on her toughest role to date. As CEO of Brand Dubai, the emirate’s first state media office, she is the caretaker of emirate’s image at home and abroad .

Under Al Marri’s reign, Brand Dubai is set to create a direct-dial between journalists and the government.

“I think the crisis was a good lesson for all of us,” Al Marri has said. “We need to have this office, not only to react to a crisis that has happened, but also to see how to go forward.”

TV presenters Hala Gorani (72) and George Kurdahi (70) also make it into the Power 100 for the first time this year.

Syrian Gorani was born in Seattle to Syrian parents and now anchors CNN International’s ‘International Desk’ show, and is based at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. She used to host ‘Inside the Middle East’, the monthly show featuring stories on the most important social, political and cultural issues in the region.

Lebanese TV presenter Kurdahi is a household name for millions of Arab families, largely thanks to his stint on top game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Originally a journalist, Kurdahi cut his teeth on the Lebanese daily Lisan Elhala.

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