This article seeks to give the Top 10 most richest and influential people in Bahrain 2022. Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain is an Arab constitutional monarchy in the Persian Gulf.
According to reports by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Bahrain has the fastest-growing economy in the Arab world. Bahrain also has the freest economy in the Middle East and is twelfth-freest overall in the world based on the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal.
Here are the Richest and Most Influential People in Bahrain
10. Abdul Rahman Jawahery
CEO of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co (GPIC)
Dr. Abdulrahman A. Rahman Hussain Jawahery has been the President at Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (B.S.C.) since January 1, 2011. An Engineer of repute and an Environmental Specialist, Dr. Jawahery has a proven track record since he has held top positions in local, regional and global organizations.
He is a prominent and influential figure in the Petrochemical Industry on a global scale. Dr. Jawahery has been President of International Fertilizer Industry Association since June 5, 2015.
Dr. Jawahery serves as a Director at Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA). He served as General Manager of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (B.S.C.). Dr. Jawahery served as a Director at National Safety Council until September 29, 2017. He is a second-term member of the Parliament in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a board member of the National Oil & Gas Authority and founding member of the Bahrain Society for Transfer of Technology.
9. Khalid Abdulla Janahi
Chairman Ithmaar Bank
Mr. Khalid Abdulla-Janahi serves as Group Chief Executive at Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust (DMI Trust Switzerland). Mr. Abdulla-Janahi served as a Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers until 1998 and has over seventeen years of experience in audit and business advisory services.
He serves as the Chairman of Faisal Private Bank (Switzerland) SA, DMI Administrative Services, Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf (Bahamas) Ltd and Naseej Co. He served as the Chairman of Solidarity Group Holding BSC(c) (also called as Solidarity Group) until June 2017.
8. Anwaar Abdulraman
Editor in Chief Akhbar Al Khaleej
Anwar Abdulrahman began his business career at the age of 19 as a young salesman in Bahrain with M. A. Almoayyed, a leading Bahraini company. He was seconded to Al Hilal Bookshop, a subsidiary of M.A.Almoayyed and in 1970, together with the late Mr Ebrahim Almoayed, took over the bookshop.
In 1973 he established with two other directors, Al Hilal Corporation, a company specialising in the distribution of imported newspapers and magazines. In 1976, under the tutelage of the late Mahmoud Al Mardi, Anwar spearheaded the launch of Bahrain’s first Arabic daily newspaper, Akhbar Al Khaleej and two years later, the same group launched the Gulf Daily News.
Mr Abdulrahman is an avid reader and renowned public speaker of history, biography and politics, and travels extensively. His fluency in three languages has earned him a reputation as a respected publisher both within the Middle East Region and internationally.
7. Nemir Kirdad
Founder and Executive Chairman, Investcorp Bank
Nemir A. Kirdar is an Iraqi businessman and financier. He was the founding CEO of Investcorp, a private equity investment group operating out of New York City, London and Bahrain. After serving 23 years as CEO of Investcorp, Kirdar retired from the position in 2015 and became the company’s Chairman
6. Mona Almoayyed
President of Bahrain Business Women Society
Mona Yousif Almoayyed is a Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Environmentalist and Women’s Rights Campaigner who is the Managing Director of one of Bahrain’s oldest conglomerates Y.K Almoayyed and Sons.
A Bachelor of Business Administration, Mona has been instrumental in overseeing the business endeavours of the Y K Almoayyed group, leading it meticulously towards its desired destination.
Voted the third most influential Arab Women’s List in the MENA region by Forbes Middle East for 2013, Mona is a member of the board of directors for BMMI and Ebda Bank besides other companies. She is well known for her charity work and frequently speaks about the role of women in building a better society today. Mona has been a firm believer of ‘Business with a Conscience’ principle and is involved in many charitable institutions. Besides her Business and Social Activity, Mona strives to draw a perfect balance between being a mother, housewife and mentor role she plays.
5. Abdullah Ali Kanoo
Chairman Yusif Bin Ahmed Kanoo
Abdulla Ali Kanoo is chairman of the Kanoo Group, Bahrain’s most trusted family enterprise, spanning a wide range of sectors and with operations across the region. Today, the group operates extensively throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman, Yemen and Qatar.
Yet when founder Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo took over the small family firm in 1890, he could not have imagined how successful the group would eventually become.
The family expanded its business in the early 1930s to Saudi Arabia, and in the early 1960s to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Then, as the oil boom arrived, the business grew from its early trading and shipping roots, to become one of the most diversified family conglomerates in the Gulf. Today, the Kanoo Group operates concerns in the shipping, travel and tourism, retail, IT, machinery, oil and gas, power and industrial projects, exhibition services, courier services, logistics, and chemicals sectors.
4. Esam Janahi
Chairman, Gulf Finance House
He serves on the board of several different companies across continents, and is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum. He’s been named ‘Islamic Banker of the Year’ and a ‘Young Global Leader’, and been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Geneva.
But it is through his leadership of Gulf Finance House that Esam Janahi has really made his mark. Since 1999, he has led flagship initiatives including the launch of energy cities in Qatar, Libya and Kazakhstan, a series of financial harbours in Bahrain and Tunisia, and the largest GFH concept to date, the $10bn Mumbai Economic Development Zone. Elsewhere, GFH has announced First Energy Bank, the world’s first Islamic investment bank offering tailored energy-based finance.
3. Talal Al Zain
CEO Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company
Talal Al Zain is the CEO of Bahrain’s $10bn sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, and so holds the investment purse strings of the first Gulf state to discover oil, way back in 1932.
Mumtalakat’s portfolio spans everything from national carrier Gulf Air – of which Al Zain is also chairman – to the Bahrain International Circuit, the Formula 1 racing track, to a 36.7 percent stake in telecom operator.
2, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa is the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of Bahrain. He is also the deputy supreme commander of the Bahrain Defense Force. Prior to assuming the duties of crown prince, Salman was vice-chairman of the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research (BCSR) (1992–1995), Undersecretary of Defence at the Ministry of Defence (1995–1999), and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BCSR (1995–1999). Salman was sworn in as Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain on 9 March 1999 and held the post of commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force from 22 March 1999 to 6 January 2008.
1, Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa is King of Bahrain since 14 February 2002, after ruling as Emir of Bahrain from 6 March 1999. He is the son of Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the previous and first emir. The country has been ruled by the Al Khalifa dynasty since 1783.