Industry: Banking & Finance
Company: Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group
Country: Jordan (Palestine)
A native of the Palestinian port city of Jaffa, Talal Abu Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the eponymous Jordan-based global accounting organisation Talal Abu Ghazaleh International (TAGI) which he established in 1972.
He is widely regarded as the “godfather” of the Arab accounting industry, and is credited by most in the industry with promoting the significance of intellectual property rights in business deals in the Arab world. Born in 1938, he later moved to Lebanon and then to Jordan. His first job after graduation from college was, unsurprisingly, in an auditing firm. Embarking on a career in intellectual property, he created TAGCO and Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, specialising in accounting and IP.