Industry: Arts and entertainment
Najwa Karam sold her first album in 1989 has since racked up well over 50 million album sales across the Arab world.
The 47-year-old Lebanese native of Zahle is part of Prince Alwaleed’s Rotana record label and is also L’Oreal’s ambassador in the Middle East. She was recognised as the highest-selling Middle Eastern artist in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008.
More recently, Karam has reinvented herself as a television star, taking part in MBC’s Arabs Got Talent as a judge. She produced the Middle East’s first 3D music video in 2011.