By Jo Anne Bladd
Technology guru Charles Elachi leads rankings, Americas account for 13% of Power entries
Arab Americans fielded a strong line-up in this year’s Power 500, notching up 67 entries among the Arab world’s biggest players.
The region represents 13 percent of the personalities on the list, with the highest concentration – 48 entries – hailing from the United States.
Heading the pack is technology guru Charles Elachi, director of cutting-edge NASA unit Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in at No.7.
Following him in the No.11 slot is the chief executive officer of investment company PIMCO, Mohammed El Erian.
Another eight Arab Americans grace our top 100 entries. The rest of the field ranges from senior business leaders, to journalists, scientists and academics.
Canada boasts seven entries in this year’s list, while South America contributes 10. The majority of these entries are from Brazil, which saw a huge migration of Syrians and Lebanese nationals to the country several years ago.
The highest placed South American on our list is the renowned doctor Adib Domingos Jatene, ranked No.9 in the Power 500. Sao Paulo’s mayor Gilberto Kassab, one of country’s highest-profile personalities, like Jatene, can trace his roots back to Lebanon.
Top Brazilian designer Amir Slama, in at No.418, traces her family back to Iraq.
Mexico’s hugely powerful electricity tycoon Alfredo Ayub is also originally Syrian.