By Jo Anne Bladd
Europe notches up 7% of Power 500 entries with the lion’s share going to the United Kingdom
The UK leads the European field in this year’s Arabian Business Power 500, with the country notching up 18 of the continent’s 40 entries.
Next in line is France, which plays host to 12 major Arab names, with Belgium, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg and Switzerland all securing entries.
Surprisingly the UK only provides one member in the top 100, the Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. But lower down the list there are many more, including former Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed, the renowned heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub and business tycoon Nadhmi Auchi, the head of UK-based conglomerate GMH Group.
Neighbouring France boasts a slew of top names including MBI International chairman Mohammed Al Jaber. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Al Jaber has become one of the most prominent hotel developers in Europe, operating from his bases in Paris and Vienna.
TAG group boss Mansour Ojjey now in Luxemburg makes the list, as does the Dutch-based Palestinian film director Hany Abu Assad. Swatch Group chairman Nayla Hayek making the list as one of two Swiss entries this year.