Industry: Arts and entertainment
Fairouz drops down the list this year but she is still known as the Arabs’ ambassador and the ‘Jewel of Lebanon’, Fairouz is considered one of the greats of the Middle East music scene. She received her education in Beirut and started her musical career as a chorus singer at the Lebanese radio station. In the 1950s, her career took off as her music became more popular and her status grew dramatically. Today, she is revered in the region and is often received by royalty and presidents. Although she has never sung in Jerusalem, the key to the holy city is among her most prized possessions.