World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Waleed al Ibrahim

Company: MBC

Designation: Chairman

Country: Saudi Arabia

Often cited as the man who changed the face of Arab media, Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim is a familiar face in the Arabian Business Power List.

In 1991, MBC Group’s chairman and CEO launched the first independent Arabic satellite TV station in association with Saleh Kamel.

Over the past 20 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group. Based in Dubai, MBC Group includes ten television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children’s entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action (action series and movies), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel dubbed in Farsi), Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Arabiya Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC DRAMA coinciding with the Group’s 20th anniversary, and offers 24/7 Arabic drama; the group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialised documentary production unit.

TV man

MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group under chairman Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim.