Revealed: The 100 world's most influential Arabs 2017
Tue 27 Jun 2017 05:00 AM
Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim
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Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim

Industry: Media

Company: Middle East Broadcasting Centre

Designation: Group chairman

Country: Saudi Arabia

He is cited as the man who changed the face of Arab media. In 1991, as MBC Group’s chairman and CEO, Sheikh Waleed Al Ibhraim launched the first independent Arabic satellite TV station. Over subsequent decades, the station has introduced several movie and Arabic TV series channels, including MBC 2, MBC 3 and MBC 4. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Al Ibrahim established ARA Productions and Television Studios.

While still in his 20s, he founded MBC in London with Saudi businessman Saleh Kamel. Al Ibrahim was also behind the launch of Al Arabiya in 2003, a TV channel that he wanted to be known for objective reporting.