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2012 Arab Power 500: The biggest movers

Arabian Business takes a look at the 2012 power list's biggest risers and fallers

2012 Arab Power 500: The biggest movers
Former Mumtalakat CEO Talal Al Zain fell 372 places this year.
2012 Arab Power 500: The biggest movers
Activist Wael Ghonim plunged 163 places to 165.

Power is a subjective entity and often short-lived, as this year’s list demonstrates.

While Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim parachuted in at number two in 2011, after his online publicity of the Arab Spring movement in Tahrir Square, he has slipped to 165 on this year’s list and has been replaced in the upper echelons of the rankings by activists from Libya and Yemen.

Those to make the biggest falls include Syrian-born and Argentinean-based designer Alan Faena who fell 432 places to 485.

He was followed by Syrian actor Tayem Hassan who fell 379 places to 444 and Talal Al Zain who left his position as CEO of Bahrain sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat and subsequently tumbled 372 places to 402.

The biggest winner on the list was Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki, whose film ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ won the prestigious audience award at the Toronto Film Festival and saw her rise 370 places to 52.

Life after quitting Kuwait telco Zain does not appeared to have damaged Saad Al Barrak’s placing as he soared 287 places to 82.

Those going down:

Alan Faena, designer, Syria: Down 432 places to 485

Tayem Hassan, actor, Syria: Down 379 places to 444

Talal Al Zain, former CEO of Mumtalakat: Down 372 to 402

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad, chairman of GSSG Holdings in Qatar: Down 372 places to 424

Sinaan Antoon, Iraqi poet: Down 353 places to 411

Lotfi Doubl Kanon, Algerian singer: Down 346 places to 421

Khadija Ben Ganna, Algerian presenter at Al Jazeera: Down 339 places to 406

Ahmed Mansour, Egyptian presenter at Al Jazeera: Down 317 places to 379

Tony Kanaan, Lebanese racing driver: Down 292 places to 481

Rajaa Al Sanea, Saudi author: Down 285 places to 430

Wael Ghonim, Arab Spring activist: Down 163 places to 165

Those going up:

Nadine Labaki, Lebanese actor and director: Up 370 places to 52

Saad Al Barrak, Kuwaiti former CEO of Zain: Up 287 places to 82

Tawakkul Karman, Yemeni activist: Up 268 places to 13

Khater Masaad, Lebanese CEO of RAKIA: Up places 249 to 127

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Emirati chairman of DP World: Up 219 places to 23

Khalid Al Kaf, Saudi CEO of Etihad Etisalat: Up 216 places to 271

Nabeeh Salameh, Jordanian chairman of Arab Potash: Up 199 places to 183

Ibrahim Al Koni, Libyan author: Up 189 places to 311

Sultan Soud Al Qasemi, Emirati blogger: Up 186 places to 66

Osman Sultan, Lebanese CEO of du: Up 169 places to 111