Arabian Business has released The Power 500, a list of the world’s most powerful Arabs.
Two of the men in the top 10 reside in Qatar – Mohammad Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Federation, is No.3 and Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, is No.6.
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Walid bin Talal and Egypt’s Wael Ghonim, famous for his role in the revolution there, claimed the top two spots, respectively. This is the seventh consecutive year Talal has been ranked the most influential Arab in the world, according to this index.
The top 10 list doesn’t just consist of wealthy men.
In at No.7 is Yemeni child bride Nujood Ali who, at the age of 10, became a global symbol of the Arab state’s fight against forced marriage.
Almost 40% of the listed most powerful Arabs reside in GCC countries: 21 in Qatar, 62 in Saudi Arabia, 68 in the UAE, 21 in Kuwait, 18 in Bahrain and 4 in Oman.
But Arabs living in Russia, China, Vietnam, Singapore and Argentina, among other countries, were also ranked.
Though a list of 500 people seems like it would be exhaustive, one commenter was surprised that Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Prize winner who was an important figure in the recent Egyptian revolution, didn’t make the cut.
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