By Jo Anne Bladd
Field of finance boasts more than 87 of the world’s most influential Arabs, list shows
The worst recession in living memory hasn’t diminished the Arab world’s financial presence, with the world of Banking and Finance boasting 89 entries in this year’s Power 500.
The man who holds the purse strings in the Gulf's wealthiest economy, Saudi Central Bank governor Mohammed Al Jasser, comes in at No.15 on the list.
But the field of finance fails to compete with Culture and Society, a sector that secures 94 rankings overall and two in the top 10 alone.
At 13, Ali is the youngest-ever entrant on the Arabian Business Power 500.
Also producing a solid showing is the sector of Arts and Entertainment, fielding 90 entries.
The entertainment industry boasts 13 entries in the top 100 slots alone, top of which is Syrian art gallery owner Khalid Samawi at No.18. Following closely behind is Egyptian singer Amr Diab at No.21, while superstar Ziad Rahbani comes in at No.29.
Construction and Industry – despite arguably being the sector worst-hit in the Arab world by the global financial crisis – fields 74 entries, while Media boasts a solid 39.
Top of the rankings is Al Jazeera boss Wadah Khanfar, at No.6, whose outspoken views have made him a key player in the Arab world’s burgeoning broadcast industry.
Sporting heroes also make a number of appearances on this year’s Power 500, led by Asian Football Confederation boss, Qatar-born Mohammed Bin Hamman, who nets the No.3 spot.
The highest ranked footballer is Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh: the Moroccan-born athlete placed at No.184.