6. Ahmad Akbar Sobhan
He is the chairman and founder of one of the most valuable companies in Bangladesh and an important figure in the country’s business activities. With a net worth exceeding $500 million, Mr Sobhan is the 6th richest Bangladeshi.
Ahmad Akbar Sobhan was born on 15th February 1952. In 1978, Mr Sobhan started enterprise businesses and commercial trading. Under the parent company, East West Property Development (Pvt) Ltd., the group of businesses started their journey.
He currently chairs the group of enterprises dealing with paper, steel and engineering, tissue, LP Gas, sanitary napkin, cement, multi-paper, food and beverage, galvanized iron pipe, etc. The group of industries is known as Bashundhara Group.
5. Sayed Abul Hossain
A business mogul, yet so controversial; with a net worth of almost $1 billion, Abul Hossain is the 5th richest Bangladeshi.
Sayed Abul Hossain was born on 1st October 1951. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Dhaka University. He is a member of the current ruling party, Bangladesh Awami League. He’s been serving as a member of the parliament since 1972.
Padma Bridge Scandal
In 2012, World Bank reported that Abul Hossain was one of the corruption conspirators in Padma Bridgetender. He also faces numerous allegations of being involved in corruption cases.
4. Sajeeb Wazed
The person who spearheads the Bangladesh Government’s ambitious program called Digital Bangladesh is none other than Sajeeb Wazed. The program seeks to integrate digital technologies in Bangladeshis’ lifestyle.
He is the son of Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. He was born on 27th July 1971. His father was a nuclear scientist. He studied at Harvard University.
He currently serves as an IT Advisor to Bangladesh Government. His source of income is also questionable and subject to controversy. As he’s criticized often for using his mother’s influence to gain financial advantage and develop his business. His net worth is almost $1 billion.
3. Tarique Rahman
Nobody knows what the net worth of Tarique Rahman is exactly. Some say he’s worth $1.5 billion and some say he’s worth $1 billion. Anyways, he deserves a position in the richest Bangladeshis’ list.
Tarique Rahman hails from a political dynasty. He’s a son of Ziaur Rahman and Khalenda Zia. His father was the 7th President of Bangladesh. And, his mother served as Prime Minister of Bangladesh twice. He studied at the University of Dhaka.
Money Laundering Case
Much controversy surrounds the source of his income. The Anti Corruption Commission in Bangladesh filed 12 cases against him.
2. Salman F Rahman
A controversial figure and at times much disliked for his alleged involvement in Share Market looting, Salman F Rahman remains one of the richest persons in Bangladesh.
Mr Salman and his brother, in 1966, picked up their family’s jute mill and started producing jute-based products. After the liberation war in 1971, the Bangladesh Government nationalized the mill.
In 1972, Salman and his brother founded the renowned company, known as Bangladesh Export Import Company (BEXIMCO). Under the company, they started exporting a multitude of products to Europe, with seafood and crushed bones being the main products. In 1976, Rahman brothers founded Beximco Pharma.
With a net worth of $1.3 billion, Salman F Rahman is the world’s 1,685th richest person.
1. Moosa Bin Shamsher
Popularly known as “Prince Musa”, Mr Moosa is considered the richest person in Bangladesh. From time to time, he makes national headlines for his extravagant lifestyle.
Moosa Bin Shamsher was born on 15th October 1945 in Faridpur, Bangladesh. He was a son of Shamsher Ali Molla. Mr Molla was a first-class officer in the British Indian Government. As a young student, Mossa showed exceptional brilliance. He passed his college life at Faridpur Rajendra College and went to California State University to study Economics.
He founded DATCO; a manpower exporting company. DATCO remains an important company in exporting manpower. Besides exporting manpower, Moosa started investing in weapon and arm business. The venture quickly piled up his wealth. No his net worth is over $12 billion.