By Staff writer
Choosing just 100 names from 300 million Arabs is no easy task
Putting together a list of the world’s most powerful Arabs is a complex — and no doubt controversial — task. Our starting point is the rules.
Firstly, we do not include any royals on the list, unless we deem their influence to be specifically through business or other activities that they have personally led/started in their own right.
For example, we deem Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed to be a successful self-made businessman, regardless of his royal position.
Secondly, we do not include any politicians on our list — again with the exception of individuals who we believe command great influence through wider work, such as Sheikha Lubna.
Our third rule is we consider Arabs from every single country, not only the Arab world. So, for example, many American Arabs are on the list because of their Lebanese descent.
Our fourth and final rule is that we consider Arabs from every single sector of society, not just business.
At the time that we closed our last Power List (in March 2013), we immediately began sourcing names for this year’s version. Our Power List database contains some 2,200 names. In simple terms, we define power as influence; the more people you influence, the more powerful you are. This can be done through, for example, having thousands of employees, or being responsible for billions of dollars worth of projects.
This can also be done by being involved in projects that are or have the potential to influence many people (in particular, scientists or doctors). We also take into account other fields such as sports, arts and entertainment, where individuals can attract huge following.
But where is the list? We are interested to see the list.