Company: GEMS Education
Designation: Founder and Chairman
GEMS founder Sunny Varkey is a man who needs no introduction to parents in the UAE. His own parents – both teachers – first came to Dubai in 1959 and, 21 years later, Sunny opened his first school in the emirate, starting a career that would lead him to be a household name across the UAE. Under his leadership, GEMS has become one of the world’s leading players in private education, with 49 schools spread across more than 10 countries, with new schools frequently being announced as the company continues to expand.
GEMS long-standing commitment to the field of education has been matched by its success as a company. In December 2017, GEMS Education announced that revenues rose 17.3 percent year-on-year to $926.2m, with enrolments rising 10 percent to 114,000 students, and capacity going up to 132,000.