Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Mohammed Al Issa

Mohammed Al Issa

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Mohammed Al Issa and Sons (MASC)

Designation: Chairman

Country: Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al Issa is one of Saudi Arabia’s canniest investors, owning sizeable stakes in some of the kingdom’s blue-chip firms.

In 2005, Al Issa sold his 94 percent stake in the Saudi Construction Company, which he founded in the early 1970s — and pocketed a couple of billion dollars for his troubles. The money didn’t sit idle for long. Al Issa is today has colossal stakes in the Savola Group, as well as Banque Saudi Fransi – making him one of the biggest plays on the Saudi stock market, the Tadawul. Meanwhile, Mohammed Al Issa and Sons (MASC), a holding company created by its founder more than 35 years ago, is active in the financial, industrial, food and real estate sectors. It recently entered the hospitality business and Al Issa has taken a strategic decision to invest directly in several hotels in the Saudi market and internationally. MASC today has a string of five and four-star hotels on its drawing board, some of which have already started construction. These include collaborations with the Kempinski group of hotels, and the Rocco Forte Collection.