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Forbes unveils “Top CEOs in the Middle East” ranking

Forbes unveils “Top CEOs in the Middle East” ranking
The 100 CEOs represent 24 nationalities and 21 sectors.

Dubai - Mubasher: Forbes Middle East has released its first annual "Top CEOs in the Middle East" ranking, recognising the executives making significant contributions to the region's economies.

The 100 CEOs represent 24 nationalities and 21 sectors. Saudi nationals dominate the list with 18 entries, followed by Emirati and Egyptian leaders with 16 entries each. Combined, these three groups make up half of the ranking, according to a press release on Sunday.

Four out of the top five are from the region's COVID-resilient oil & gas industry: Aramco's Amin H. Nasser, who tops the list; ADNOC Group's Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber; Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's Hashem Hashem; and Sonatrach's Toufik Hakkar.

Executives within the banking and financial services sector dominate the list with 29 entries, contributing nearly a third of the ranking. Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa, Group CEO of Qatar National Bank, stands as the Middle East's top banking and financial services executive. Notable newcomer, Hana Al Rostamani, who is FAB's new Group CEO, took the 19th spot.

Forbes Middle East assessed the size of the CEO’s company using various measures, the individual's accomplishments over the past year, and their impact on their firm and the wider industry.

Top 10 CEOs In The Middle East 2021

1. Amin H. Nasser

Nationality: Saudi

President & CEO, Saudi Aramco

2. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Nationality: Emirati

Group CEO, ADNOC Group

3. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Nationality: Emirati

Chairman & CEO, Emirates Group

4. Hashem Hashem

Nationality: Kuwaiti

Deputy Chairman & CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

5. Toufik Hakkar

Nationality: Algerian

Chairman & CEO, Sonatrach

6. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi

Nationality: Qatari

Deputy Chairman, President & CEO, Qatar Petroleum

7. Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan

Nationality: Saudi

Vice-Chairman & CEO, SABIC

8. Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa

Nationality: Qatari

Group CEO, QNB

9. Paul Griffiths

Nationality: British

CEO, Dubai Airports

10. Osama Mounier Mohamed Rabi

Nationality: Egyptian

Chairman & Managing Director, Suez Canal Authority