Top 10 Richest Persons in Qatar
- Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Arabic: ) is an Emirati politician who was born on December 1, 1958. He is one of the world’s wealthiest royals and a billionaire member of Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum dynasty. He is the president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the Emirates Group’s CEO and founder, the chairman of Dubai World, and the Noor Takaful insurance company. He is currently the chancellor of The British University in Dubai, the Middle East’s first research-based postgraduate university, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, second vice-chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and chairman of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC. Sheikh Ahmed is the youngest son of Dubai’s former ruler Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum and the only child of his second wife Sheikha Fatima bint-e-Ahmed bin Suliman. He is a half-brother of Dubai’s former ruler Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and uncle of Dubai’s ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Ahmed began his career in aviation in 1985, when he was named president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) (the governing body which oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty-Free). At the same time, the national carrier, Emirates, was launched, with Ahmed as chairman. The Dubai Free Zone Council was chaired by Al Maktoum. The members reviewed plans and recommendations for long-term rental agreements or investors, as well as free zone passports, at their 13th meeting in 2019, which was led by Al Maktoum. From 2013 through 2021, Gulf Business ranked him among the “Top 100 most powerful Arabs.”
- Saad Sherida al-kaabi
Saad Sherida al-Kaabi (Arabic: ) is the current Minister of Energy in Qatar, as well as the President and Chief executive officer of Qatar Petroleum (QP), the government company that oversees all oil and gas operations in the country. In 1986, Al-Kaabi studied petroleum and oil and gas engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in petroleum and natural gas engineering in 1991. During his time at Pennsylvania State University, Al-Kaabi joined QP in 1986. Al-Kaabi joined QP’s Reservoir & Field Development Department after graduation. He had different positions in petroleum engineering, as well as technical, commercial, and supervisory responsibilities, over the years. He eventually rose through the ranks to become Manager of Gas Development, with oversight of the North Field. He and his staff are recognized for establishing and implementing various gas projects in a short period of time, resulting in Qatar’s increased LNG and GTL production. Al-Kaabi was appointed Director of QP’s Oil & Gas Ventures Directorate in 2006 and is now in charge of all of Qatar’s oil and gas fields, as well as all exploration activities. Al-Kaabi was named Managing Director of QP in September 2014.
- Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
The Emir of Qatar is Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Arabic: ; born 3 June 1980). He is the fourth son of Ahmad al-Khalifa, the previous Emir. Since his father abdicated the throne in 2013, he has been the king of Qatar. Since his older brother, Sheikh Jassim, resigned his claim to the title in 2003, Tamim has been the heir apparent. He is Qatar’s monarch, and the country is an absolute monarchy. Political and civil liberties are limited in Qatar, and political parties are prohibited. He has been a part of efforts to improve Qatar’s international prominence by hosting sporting events and by purchasing Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Tamim bin Hamad was born in Doha, Qatar, on June 3, 1980. He is the fourth son of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and the second son of Hamad’s second wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Tamim attended Sherburne School (International College) in Dorset, England, and Harrow School in London, where he completed his A-Levels in 1997. After that, he went to the Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst, where he graduated in 1998. After graduating from Sand Hurst, Sheikh Tamim was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Qatar Armed Forces. When his elder brother, Sheikh Jassim, abandoned his claim to the Qatari monarchy on August 5, 2003, he became the heir apparent. He has been groomed to take over the throne since then, serving in top security and finance positions. He was named deputy commander-in-chief of Qatar’s armed forces on August 5, 2003. Sheikh Tamim promoted sport as part of Qatar’s international image-building efforts. In 2005, he created Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, which owns, among other things, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. He served on the organizing committee for the 15th Asian Games in Doha in 2006. For the first time in the event’s history, all member countries gathered under his leadership. Tamim was named “the top sports personality in the Arab world” by Egypt’s Al Ahram that year. Qatar was awarded the rights to host the 2014 FINA Swimming World Championships and the 2022 FIFA World Cup under his leadership. Tamim is the National Olympic Committee’s chairman.
- Akbar Al Bakar
Akbar Al Baker (Arabic: ; born 1962) is Qatar Airways’ Group CEO and the Secretary-General of Qatar Tourism. Al-Baker was also a key player in the development of Hamad International Airport, which opened in 2014. Al-Baker was named chairman of One world in May 2021.
Al-Baker was born in the Qatari city of Doha. He attended St. Peter’s School, Panchgani, a boarding school in the Panchgani hills of Maharashtra, India, when he was a child. Later, he travelled to Mumbai and attended Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He is a private pilot with a private pilot’s license. In 1997, Al-Baker was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways. Prior to this position, he worked for Qatar’s Civil Aviation Directorate. He was also the Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority in the past. Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty-Free Company, Doha International Airport, Internal Media Services, Qatar Distribution Company, and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company are among the sectors of Qatar’s national airline that he leads. Al Baker is one of Qatar’s most powerful and important figures. Currently, he serves as the Group CEO of Qatar Airways. Akbar Al Baker has had an illustrious career building Qatar’s aviation industry from the ground up. He was a key figure in the creation of the Hamad International Airport, which opened in 2014. He is also one of the driving forces behind Qatar’s tourism industry’s growth. Al-Baker was named chairman of One world in May 2021. Akbar Al Baker grew up in India but was born in Qatar. Upon his return to Qatar, he was immediately assigned to work on the country’s long-term development goals. He has served in the Qatar Civil Aviation Directorate, as Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, and as CEO of numerous key Qatari enterprises, including Qatar Duty-Free, Qatar Aircraft Catering, and Qatar Aviation Services.
- Wissam Al Mana
The Al Mana Group’s managing director is Wissam Al Mana. In 1951, his father, the late Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana, established the Qatari conglomerate, which encompasses several enterprises in a number of areas like as real estate and automobile rental. The group now employs over 3,500 people across 55 enterprises in eight countries. Wissam Al Mana focuses on the retail segment, and as a member of the group board, he also oversees certain group enterprises. The Al Mana Group’s fashion portfolio comprises licensing and franchises for luxury labels such as Balenciaga, Hermès, Dior Homme, Alexander McQueen, and Loro Piano, as well as quick fashion outlets such as Mango, Zara, and United Colors of Benetton. Al Mana was born and raised in West London, where he developed an early sense of fashion and retail. His track record of generating results in development, growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability has earned him a reputation as a strong, entrepreneurial businessman. Wissam Saleh Al Mana is the chairman of the Al Mana Group, a Qatar-based conglomerate with a diverse portfolio of investments. Automobiles, services, real estate, investments, food and drinks, engineering, technology, and media are among his enterprises. He is one of the country’s most well-known businessmen. He rose to fame after marrying Janet Jackson in 2012, yet the couple divorced in 2017.
- Sheikh Faisal Qassim Al-Thani
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim bin Faisal Al-Thani was born in Doha, Qatar, in 1948 and is one of Qatar’s most successful businessmen. He has played a vital role in the growth of Qatar’s economic sector. The expansion and development of Al Faisal Holding represent the same entrepreneurial vision, ambition, and inventive thinking that has helped Qatar emerge into one of the world’s strongest and fastest-growing economies. Founded in the 1960s with modest start-up capital as a small local trading company, founder and Chairman H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani has grown the company into one of Qatar’s largest privately held diversified industry groups, with operations that continue to grow strongly across local, regional, and international markets. Sheikh Faisal Qassem Faisal Al Thani is also among Qatar’s top ten wealthiest rulers. He is the Chairman of Al Faisal Holding, which was created in 1964 and is one of Qatar’s largest businesses. In addition, he is the owner of over 20 hotels around the world. He began selling vehicle parts at the age of 16 and became the sole dealer of Bridgestone tires in the 1960s. His net worth is estimated to be more than $1.77 billion, according to sources.
- Khalid bin Hammad Al-Thani
Khalid bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani (born 1935 in Doha) served as Qatar’s Minister of Interior from 1972 to 1989.
He is the grandson of Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani and the son of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani and Sheikha Sarah bint Mohammed Al Thani. He was appointed Minister of the Interior by his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani after the coup of 1972. Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a Qatari drag racer who has put a lot of money into his firm, Al-Anabi Racing, to enhance drag racing in Qatar. Even though most people refer to him as “Qatar’s bad boy,” it’s difficult to ignore his influence on today’s drag racing scene. Khalid bin Hamad al Thani, a wealthy member of the Al Thani family, is undoubtedly using his clout to influence drag racing in his homeland.
- Hammad bin Jassim bin Jabber Al Thani
Sheikh Amad bin Jassim bin Jabber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani (Arabic) is a Qatari politician who was born on 11 January 1959 or 30 August 1959. From 3 April 2007 until 26 June 2013, he served as Prime Minister of Qatar and as Foreign Minister from 11 January 1992 to 26 June 2013. Hamad was born on 11 January 1959 or 30 August 1959 in Doha, Qatar. He is Jassim bin Jabber Al Thani’s fifth son. He is Jabber bin Mohammed Al Thani’s grandchild through his father. Jassem bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founding father of modern Qatar, had a younger brother named Jabber. Hamad served as the director of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture from 1982 to 1989. He was appointed minister of municipal affairs and agriculture in July 1989, and deputy minister of electricity and water in May 1990, in addition to his position as minister of municipal affairs and agriculture, where he oversaw several successful projects and helped to develop the agriculture sector. The 8th Emir appointed Hamad as Qatar’s foreign minister on September 1, 1992. When the Emir’s son, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, took control in a coup in 1995, he was kept in his position. Hamad was a key figure in the overthrow of the eighth Emir. Hamad was appointed first deputy prime minister on September 16, 2003, while continuing to serve as minister of foreign affairs. Following the retirement of Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani on April 2, 2007, Hamad was appointed Prime Minister; he also served as Foreign Minister. During his time in Qatar, HBJ had ambitious foreign policy aspirations.
- Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al Thani
Ambassador, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani (Arabic: ) is the Qatari Ambassador to Germany, having been appointed in August 2020. He has served as a Minister of State and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ooredoo Group since 2000. He is on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Program and is a member of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment.
Al Thani played a key role in Ooredoo’s reorganization and regional expansion, helping the company grow from a single-nation telecom operator to a Group with operations in ten countries across North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He was Chairman of Ooredoo Kuwait and President Commissioner of Inmost Ooredoo at the time. He was also a member of the World Bank Group Advisory Council for Gender and Development and the ITU Broadband Commission for Digital Development. From 2014 until 2018, Al Thani served as the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, where he played a key role in directing the fund toward a concentration on portfolio diversification. Thani is a qualified pilot instructor with the British Royal Air Force and a graduate pilot with the British Army Air Corps. He previously served in Qatar’s Emiri Air Force and has substantial military and aviation experience. Al Thani has a master’s degree and has completed studies at a variety of military institutions, including the United States Army War College. President Vladimir Putin has bestowed upon him the medal of friendship.
- Khalid Bin Hammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani
Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani ( ) is a Qatari statesman and a member of Qatar’s royal family. From 1992 to 1995, he was the minister of Islamic affairs, and from 1995 to 2013, he was the minister of the interior. Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Abdullah’s father, was born in Doha, Qatar, in 1955. He is Sheikh Khalid’s second eldest son out of a total of twelve sons. Sheikh Abdullah enrolled in the Royal Military Academy Sand Hurst after completing his studies in Qatar. Sheikh Abdullah returned to Qatar after graduating from RMA Sand Hurst in 1977 and was named lieutenant in the Qatari police force. During the reign of his uncle, Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, he left the police force. He was afterwards appointed Minister of Islamic Affairs in 1992, a position he held until 1995. He was appointed minister of the interior during the reign of his cousin Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Al Thani formerly served as the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments of Qatar. According to the US Department of Defense, al-Qaeda agent Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, dubbed “the chief architect of the 9/11 attacks,” travelled to Qatar “at the urging of Qatar’s former minister of Islamic affairs, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Khalid Bin Hamad al-Thani.” Abdullah bin Khalid al Thani is thought to have given Khalid Sheikh Mohammed money in 1995 to help him fight in the Bosnian war. While the US pressed for Sheikh Mohammed’s arrest, Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani allegedly informed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of the mounting pressure on him, prompting him to leave the country using a ‘government executive’ passport issued by Qatar.