Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Nasser Al Khelaifi

Nasser Al Khelaifi

Industry: Sport

Company: Paris St Germain

Designation: President

Country: France (Qatar)

Former general manager of Al Jazeera Sports, Nasser Al Khelaifi led the buyout of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2011 before taking over as president of the French side.

Qatar Sports Investment acquired the remaining 30 percent in the club in March in a transaction that valued the entire club at 100m euros ($131m).

Qatar has since spent an estimated €80m euros in transfers. PSG has been playing in Ligue 1 since 1974 and is one of the most prestigious outfits in French football having won two League titles, eight French Cups, three League Cups and two Champions Trophies.  The French side, along with Marseille, is one of only two French clubs to have won a top European trophy.

So far, Al Khelaifi’s plans are on track; he has signed big-money details to attract the likes of Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi and David Beckham to the Parc des Princes.

At the time of writing, PSG were comfortably top of Ligue 1, and had just booked their passage to the Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of an easy win against Valencia.

Al Khelaifi is a former tennis professional and is also the current director of Al Jazeera Sports.