By Andy Sambidge
Saudi businessman tops Power 100; Dubai's police chief is highest new entry.
Six new entries have stormed into the top 10 of this year's
Power 100 list
has come out on top again.
The Saudi founder of Kingdom Holding
wins the title
for the sixth consecutive year as the world’s markets, not to mention business and political leaders, continue to hang on his every word and action.
Whether through his vast business empire, his massive philanthropic activities or his presence on the world business and political stage,
has once again proved himself to be the best.
Last December he also topped
our Rich List
with a personal fortune of $18bn. To see the full Power 100 list for 2010, click
Our highest new entry comes in at number 2 and is
Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's police chief
while at number 3,
Dalia Mogahed, advisor to US president
Barack Obama, also makes a big impact on our annual list.
Egyptian-born Mogahed was propelled onto the international arena when she became the first Muslim veiled woman to be appointed to a position in the White House.
She joins 25 other religious and secular representatives who will report to the president on the role religion can play in resolving social problems and addressing civil rights issues.
Mogahed also heads up the
Gallup American Centre for Muslim Studies
, a non-governmental research centre that provides data-driven analysis on the views of Muslim populations around the world.
Another new entry is Egypt's popular
football coach Hassan Shehata
who fills the number seven spot in the
Earlier this year Egypt became the first team to win the African Cup of Nations three times in succession, a hat trick largely credited to its coach.
If you want to know how influential Shehata is, ask former star striker Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam, who has hardly played for the national team following a fall-out with the coach in 2006.
Another notable performance is
Emaar boss Mohammed Alabbar
at Number 4, with the
completion of the Burj Khalifa
his latest achievement. Along with Prince Alwaleed, he is the only individual to have constantly been in the top ten for each of the six years we have published the list.
The highest climber in this year's list makes it into the top 10 as
Adel Ali, founder, Air Arabia
, leaps from 87th to eighth.
Over the past few months, we have scoured the world, examining the influence of Arabs from the world of business, media, sports, entertainment, music, the arts and academia. The result is
this year’s list
has more changes than ever before, with a record 50 number of new entries.