August 14, 2018 Lebanon Middle East

Forbes Middle East Celebrates Top Lebanese Business Leaders

Forbes Middle East holds a first-of-its-kind event to applaud the country’s top minds and most successful business heads.

Forbes Middle East recently held a lavish gala event in Beirut to recognize and applaud the achievements of Lebanon’s top business leaders and its most influential people that are supporting the growth of the country’s economy. As a highlight of the exclusive evening, Forbes Middle East unveiled its “Lebanon 100”—a list compiled of the most inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders helping Lebanon to transform.

Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Middle East said, “At our very first event in Lebanon, we have seen the energy and enthusiasm of these business leaders. We have explored Lebanon in our special edition. The future of the country is promising, and it is heading towards a positive future.” 

Lebanon’s seven richest people include the Mikati brothers—telecom tycoons Taha and Najib Mikati; and four Hariri brothers—Bahaa, Saad, Ayman and Fahd Hariri. 

The Lebanon 100 also includes 10 companies on the Beirut Stock Exchange, ranked according to their assets, market value, profits and revenues, and 35 professionals heading businesses across various sectors in the country.

A list of 15 Lebanese entertainers who have made their mark globally includes stars like Elissa, Ragheb Alama, Carole Samaha, Najwa Karam and Nancy Ajram.

The list includes 15 of the country’s most influential and powerful businesswomen. Elissar Farah Antonios, CEO Citibank UAE tops the list. She is followed by Randa El Assaad, CEO of Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects and Engineers; Mona Bawarshi, CEO of Gezairi Transport; Hala Fadel, founder of Partner Leap Ventures and Ingie Chalhoub, President and Managing Director of the Etoile Group.

A list of 18 of the most promising startups headquartered and founded in Lebanon include music streaming platform, Anghami; IoT Application Platform, Scriptr; and developer and publisher of online games, Falafel Games. 

The event was held in partnership with Ritver Paints & Coatings; DiasporaID; GMC Lebanon; Danube Properties; Le Royal Hotel- Beirut; The Sponsor Company; Ice International Events. Le Commerce Du Levant, The Daily Star, Sawt El Mada, Nostalgie, and Mondanite were media partners for the event. 



1 Fayez Rasamny
2 Raed Khoury
3 Akram Kassatly
4 Ali-Ghassan A Merehbi
5 Elias Murr
6 Georges Hage
7 Talal Shair 
8 Wael S. Khoury
9 Ghassan Hasbani
10 Christophe B El-Kallassi
11 Michel Zovighian
12 Neemat Frem
13 Elias Bou Saab
14 Eduardo Fakhoury
15 Hubert Fattal
16 Peter Daniels
17 Dr. Charbel El Hachen
18 Nayef Maalouf
19 Dr. Matta Matta
20 Dr. Raed Lattoouf
21 Roger Edde
22 Andreas Iliovits
23 Rabih Reaidy 
24 Michel Pierre Pharaon
25 Maroun Chammas
26 Yeprem Chakardemian
27 Marcel Ghanem
28 Toni Issa
29 Marc Chamoun
30 Wissam Ali Achour
31 Dr. Karim S Ghanem
32 Wassim G. Daher
33 Hicham Itani
34 Raghida Dergham
35 Sakr A. Sakr



1 Anghami
2 Scriptr
3 Falafel Games
4 Sqwirl Lab
5 Energy24
6 Blink My Car
7 Risk+ Solutions
8 Loop
9 Myki
10 L'Atelier du Miel
11 Zoomaal
12 N.A.R.
13 Kamkalima
14 Moodfit
15 Brate
16 Feedeed
17 Troy Dimension




1 Fairouz
2 Elissa
3 Ragheb Alama
4 Carole Samaha
5 Nancy Ajram
6 Najwa Karam
7 Nadine Labaki
8 Ziad Doueiri
9 Elie Saab
10 Reem Acra
11 Zuhair Murad
12 Rabih Kayrouz
13 Georges Hobeika
14 Tony Ward
15 Georges Chakra



1   Elissar Farah Antonios
2 Raand El Assaad
3 Mona Bawarshi
4 Hala Fadel
5 Ingie Chalhoub
6 Joumana Chelala
7 Christine Sfeir
8 Caroline Fattal Fakhoury
9 Nadia Cheaib
10 Myrna Soufan
11 Sana Khater
12 Jinan Zoya
13 Roula Mousa
14 Claudine Aoun Roukoz
15 Rola Tabsh Jaroudi



1 Bank Audi
2 BLOM Bank
3 Byblos Bank
4 Bank Of Beirut
5 BLC Bank
6 Holcim
7 Banque BEMO
8 Solidere
9 Rasamny Younis Motor
10 Société Libanaise des Ciments Blancs



1 Taha Mikati $2.8 B
2 Najib Mikati $2.7 B
3 Bahaa Hariri $2.1 B
4 Robert Mouawad $1.6 B
5 Saad Hariri $1.5 B
6 Ayman Hariri $1.3 B
7 Fahd Hariri $1.3 B


About Forbes Middle East

Forbes Middle East is a licensee of Forbes Media, and extends the Forbes brand of journalism across the Arab world. Forbes Middle East's distinctive editorial style attracts a readership of Arab leaders, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, government officials and investors united by a belief in the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurial values. Across the region, Forbes Middle East sets the pace for pre-emptive business journalism. By uncovering trends and anticipating opportunities in the regional marketplace, each monthly issue brings top executives the information critical to their success – in both Arabic and English editions. The magazine researches and publishes original rankings, based on methodologies set by Forbes Media.

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