Company: ARTOC Group for Investment & Development
As chairman of ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, Egyptian businessman, philanthropist and art collector Mohammad Shafik Gabr is renowned in elevated circles as a consummate networker.
He counts royalty and political leaders from around the globe as personal friends, and when Arabian Business travelled to Cairo in 2009 to meet Gabr, he allowed us a glimpse into this world.
“One thing I’m very proud of is over the years although I’ve had my challenges and difficulties, I have created a network of good friends all around the world,” he told us.
“I have always been a bridge-builder, and been able to create an environment where people can have dialogue and form partnerships.”
This approach has served him well in business, too.
When Gabr joined ARTOC in 1980, the name stood for ‘Arab Trade & Oil Company’. Today it stands for success, and ARTOC Group for Investment and Development is a multi-disciplined investment holding company with assets under management of $1.1bn. The group has interests in steel, art advisory, petroleum, electronics, real estate, flight services, construction, consumer products and publishing.