By Jo Anne Bladd
Arabian Business Power 500 features first-ever entry from Vietnam, Australia nets four entries
Probably better described as ‘rest of the world’, there are 12 entries from the region classified as Asia/Pacific in this year’s Power 500.
Australia leads the way, notching up four entries, including two rugby players Hazem Al Masri and Robbie Farah. Along with BHP Billiton boss Jacques Nasser and religious leader Fehmi Naji El Imam, all four Aussie entries can trace their families back to Lebanon.
Vietnam this year fields its first Power 500 entry, with the Iraq-born founder of the British University of Vietnam, Khaled Muhmood, snatching the No.407 spot.
China doesn’t miss out either – despite much searching, we could only settle for Aramco’s boss there Ahmed Al Zayyat.
Russia provides two entries, including the highly influential Qatari designer Khalid Jamil who makes it at No.40 on the list. He’s joined by Moscow-based business guru Ziad Manasir, who ranks at No.149.
Singapore and Malaysia both secure one Power entry each. Japan also makes the cut, thanks to the head of the country’s Islamic Centre, Saudi-born Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai.