Industry: Construction and real estate
Company: Sobha Group
Designation: Founder and Chairman
Originally hailing from the Indian state of Kerala, Menon has built up a formidable reputation since starting his career working as an interior designer. That was in Oman in the 1970s, on projects that included the sultanate’s famed Qaboos Grand Mosque. After moving to Dubai, he founded Sobha Group, which is currently hard at work on two of the emirate’s most significant projects: the $10bn Mohammed Bin Rashid District One development – which he’s described as the “most exciting” project in his life – as well as the $4bn Sobha Hartland. Today, Menon’s son Ravi has taken the helm, allowing Menon to focus on expanding the group’s Middle East operations.