World’s Most Powerful Arabs 2019
Sun 30 Jun 2019 09:03 AM
Ayman Hariri

Company: Vero

Designation: Founder

Lebanese businessman Ayman Hariri is taking on Facebook with his ad-free social app Vero, which he founded in 2015 and now boasts five million users. He accused Facebook and similar social platform for “building addiction into their design” by mining people’s data, affecting their privacy and mental health.

Ayman is the brother of Saad Hariri, Lebanon’s current leader and son of the late Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Ayman cut his teeth working in the family business, which was once one of Saudi Arabia’s largest construction companies.