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Meet The Middle East’s Richest 20 Businessmen (Photos)

The Middle East may be known as the No-man’s land where conflicts and wars have been shaping the region for centuries. The Middle East is home to the war-torn Iraq, ISIS, Al Qaeda, The Syrian regime, Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Lebanese sectarian violence. But in the midst of all the crazy things happening, one thing remains under-represented: The wealthy Middle Easterns and the region’s business visionaries making an impact worldwide, from the Middle East to the closed corridors of JP Morgan and Facebook. Their net worths are in the billions, their investments span Citi Group and Walt Disney, and they even operate Telecom networks in North Korea.

Next time someone asks you about the Middle East, forget ISIS and war, because there are 20 other names you can mention, and their combined wealth is enough to convince any skeptic that the Middle East is home to some of the most powerful businessmen in the world!

1. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
Country: Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $20.4 billion
Source of wealth: Investments

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2. Mohammed Al Amoudi
Country: Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $15.3 billion
Source of wealth: Oil, diversified

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3. Eyal Ofer
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $7 billion
Source of wealth: Real estate, shipping

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4. Nassef Sawiris
Country: Egypt
Net worth: $6.7 billion
Source of wealth: Construction

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5. Idan Ofer
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $5.7 billion
Source of wealth: Drilling, shipping

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6. Stef Wertheimer & family
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $5.3 billion
Source of wealth: Tools

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7. Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair & family
Country: United Arab Emirates
Net worth: $4 billion
Source of wealth: Diversified

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8. Arnon Milchan
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $4.7 billion
Source of wealth: Movie-making

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8. Shari Arison
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $4.7 billion
Source of wealth: Carnival Cruises

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10. Majid Al Futtaim
Country: United Arab Emirates
Net worth: $4.5 billion
Source of wealth: Real estate, retail

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11. Beny Steinmetz
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $4.1 billion
Source of wealth: Mining, diamonds, real estate

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12. Murat Ulker
Country: Turkey
Net worth: $3.7 billion
Source of wealth: Food manufacturing

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13. Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer
Country: Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $3.5 billion
Source of wealth: Dairy farms

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14. Sarik Tara
Country: Turkey
Net worth: $3.3 billion
Source of wealth: Construction

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15. Mohamed Mansour
Country: Egypt
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Source of wealth: Diversified

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15. Mohammed Al Issa
Country: Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Source of wealth: Investments

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15. Najib Mikati
Country: Lebanon
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Source of wealth: Telecom

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15. Taha Mikati
Country: Lebanon
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Source of wealth: Telecom

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15. Yitzhak Tshuva
Country: Israel (Occupied Palestine)
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Source of wealth: Real estate

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20. Husnu Ozyegin
Country: Turkey
Net worth: $3 billion
Source of wealth: Finance, diversified

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