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.
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.
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.business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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