Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Salah Oqbi

Salah Oqbi

Industry: Industry

Company: Jordan Chalk

Designation: Founder

Country: Jordan

It was considered a dying industry as interactive whiteboards took over the humble blackboard, but Salah Oqbi has somehow built a fortune from manufacturing chalk.

Using his background in chemical engineering and experience gained in the limestone industry, Oqbi, his two brothers and a JD30,000 ($42,000) loan established the only existing chalk factory in Jordan. Jordan Chalk exports its products to 70 countries, has 70 employees and generates more than JD2.5 million in annual revenues.