1. 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