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Welcome to the Power 100 - Arabian Business’s annual listing of the world’s most influential Arabs. For the sixth consecutive year, we are publishing once again the definitive list of the Arab men and women shaping the world.

Country of Residence / Nationality

Saudi Arabia


Media & Marketing


MBC - Middle East Broadcasting Corporation



Sheikh Walid Al Ibrahim

Often cited as the man who changed the face of Arab media, Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim is a familiar face in the Power List top 50.

In 1991, MBC Group’s chairman and CEO launched the first independent Arabic satellite TV station. Over the intervening decades, the station has introduced several movie and Arabic TV series channels including MBC 2, MBC 3 and MBC 4.

More recently, the company introduced MBC Persia, which broadcasts Hollywood films with Farsi subtitles, and MBC Action, which airs fast-paced movies.

Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Al Ibrahim completed his higher education in America and returned to the Middle East to establish ARA Productions and Television Studios, his first endeavour in the world of media.

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