Industry: Banking and finance
Company: Global Investment House
As a co-founder and chairperson of one of the region’s largest
investment companies, Kuwait’s
Global Investment House, Maha Al Ghunaim is a key figure in the Gulf business sector.
Known as a celebrity in the Arab world of finance, she founded the company in 1998
along with four friends, and over a decade helped grow it from a $50m start up to
a firm with a market cap of more than $5.4bn. The firm has had a tough recession;
she is currently focused on debt repayment.