And the winner is… 2014's richest, most powerful and those destined to be the stars of the future

The executives who featured in this year's biggest lists and those who walked away with the most coveted awards during the last twelve months.
And the winner is… 2014's richest, most powerful and those destined to be the stars of the future
By Staff writer
Thu 25 Dec 2014 01:01 AM

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud this year once again topped two of our biggest lists, but he wasn’t the only high profile name to be honoured during 2014 by the Arabian Business team.

Earlier this month, the Saudi royal topped the 2014 Arabian Business Rich List with a personal fortune of $28.1 billion. The prince, who chairs Kingdom Holding, saw his wealth slip from $31.2bn last year, following a 20 percent fall in the company’s share price over the past year. However the magazine noted that his privately held assets, notably his real estate and media interests, had performed strongly, reducing the impact of the fall in Kingdom Holding shares. It was the 11th year in succession that the prince took the number one slot on the list.

Click here to see the entire list, containing names such as the Saudi-based Olayan family, Brazil-based Joseph Safra, Egypt’s Sawiris family and Damac chairman Hussain Sajwani.

In March, Alwaleed also featured in the Power 100 – our exclusive guide to the 100 most powerful Arabs on the planet. For the tenth year running, Arabian Business published the names of the Arab men and women right across the world that are making a huge difference. However, this year we did things a little different – breaking down the list into nine categories: Leaders; Pioneers; Legends; Heroes; Geniuses; Creatives; Entertainers; Thinkers and Generation Next. Who made the grade? Click here to find out.

One list Alwaleed wasn’t eligible to be featured in was CEO Middle East list of the Arab world’s most powerful women. For the fourth year running, this honour went to HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi. Click here to see the list of the 100 women on the 2014 list, featuring names such as Haifa Al Mansour, the Saudi film director whose film was nominated for an Academy Awards last year and Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State and managing director of Dubai’s victorious Expo 2020 bid team.

In October, we did roll call of the 100 most powerful Indians in the region and topping the list was retail magnate Yusuffali MA. The Keralite businessman runs the Lulu Group International, one of the UAE’s largest private companies. The firm owns many brands, including the Lulu chain of hypermarkets, and has an annual turnover of $4.5 billion.

Rising to second place this year is Dr Ravi Pillai, the chairman of the RP Group. The company is the largest employer of Indian expatriates in the GCC, with around 80,000 employees in total. Dr Pillai is currently focusing on expanding into the Dubai property, hospitality and education sectors. Click here to see who else was else made the grade.

Another big community in the Gulf are the British expatriates and in March we honoured the biggest players from the UK who are making an impact in the Gulf. Emirates Airline’s Sir Tim Clark was the top winner on the night. The aviation executive, who has been with the Dubai airline for 29 years, was awarded the Most Inspiring Brit. Sir Tim, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year for "services to British prosperity and the aviation industry", also ranked number one for the second year running in the Arabian Business list of the 50 most influential British expatriates in the UAE. Click here to view the full list.

The JW Marriot Marquis hotel was the setting in November for the annual Arabian Business Achievement Awards and a British surgeon who worked in Gaza operating on injured children was named “Humanitarian of the Year”. Dr David Nott – who has worked in war zones for more than 20 years – was presented the award by the Palestinian philanthropist Munib Masri.

Dr Nott was one of 14 winners, click here to see who were the other big names honoured this year.

September and the setting was Doha. Retail king Bader Al Darwish took the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arabian Business Qatar Awards on Tuesday night.

The business legend was one of 17 to be honoured at the event held in Doha’s Grand Hyatt. Click here to see the full line-up of winners in Qatar.

Later that month and it was the turn of Kuwait, where the Special Recognition Award was awarded to Dr Hamad Al Hasawi. Click here for who else received trophies.

A busy month, September also saw the CEO Middle East Awards in Dubai. While two of the fifteen awards went to Spark Group chairman Brigadier Abdulla Mohamed Al Mulla and Dubai Duty Free executive vice chairman Colm McLoughlin, click here to see who won what in each category.

February saw top Indian lawyer Ashish Mehta walk away with the coveted “Outstanding Contribution” prize at the Indian CEO Awards 2014, held at Dubai’s Westin Hotel in February. Click here to see the highlights of the night, which was attended by India’s new Consul General to Dubai, Anurag Bhusan.

Looking to the future and November’s Arabian Business StartUp Awards sought to award the stars of the future and those who will picking up more awards and featuring on the lists in the years to come. Click here to see the winners on this very special night.

Roll on 2015, when there will be more winners, trophies and lists for the region’s executives to compete for.

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