Superstar Nancy Ajram tops first Arabian Business Fame List

Music icon dominates Fame rankings, joined by top names Mica, Amr Diab and Haifa Wehbe
Superstar Nancy Ajram tops first Arabian Business Fame List
Multi-platinum selling singer Nancy Ajram took the top slot in the first Arabian Business Fame List
By Jo Anne Bladd
Sun 27 Mar 2011 08:01 AM

Multi-platinum selling singer Nancy Ajram shot to the top of the first Arabian Business Fame List, published alongside the Power 500.

For the first time, each of the 500 personalities has also been ranked by the number of Google hits associated with their name. So it’s of little surprise that the upper echelons of the Fame List are almost entirely dominated by singers.

Ajram’s global popularity puts her firmly in the lead. The music icon juggles her singing career with her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and the demands of being Coca Cola’s first female spokesperson in the Middle East.

And Lebanese-born Ajram is in good company, sharing the top 10 with Egyptian singer Amr Diab and Lebanese model, actress and singer Haifa Wehbe.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed – ranked top of the Power 500 – came in fourth, followed by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab. Saab’s dresses are a red carpet regular, gracing the likes of Beyonce, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.

OPEC boss Abdullah Al Badri came in at No.6 in the Fame rankings, followed by Grammy Award-nominated singer Mika.

Actor Jamel Dabbouze, singer Fairouz and German rapper Bushido all secure a spot in the top 20, with Google marketing chief Wael Ghonim – widely seen as the man who helped spark the uprising that toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak – comes in at No.14.

Other impressive showings included Lebanese doctor Michael Obeid in at No.20, while Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh was the highest ranked footballer in at No.13.

To read the full Arabian Business Power 500 Fame rankings, click here

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