There are over 1.7 billion followers of Islam worldwide. Royal families to rags-to riches, some followers of Mohammed have acquired quite a lot of wealth. From media, oil, to IT, these guys (and ladies) do it all!
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
This Saudi Arabian resident is not only the richest Muslim man in the world but also one of the richest people in the world, regardless of religious denomination. He also happens to be a Prince and is the grandson of the first Saudi King. His staggering net worth is $26.1 billion as of 2015. He is an investor and the founder and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company and his investments range from hotels and banking to media and oil.
Billionaire Media Mogul
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud is also the founder of Rotana media group, which just so happens to be the Arab world’s largest entertainment company. His success isn’t only because of his royal family ties; he also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Menlo College in California and a Master of Science from Syracuse University in New York.
This Indian business tycoon has a net worth $15.9 Billion. He is the Chairman of Wipro Limited, an IT corporation. This has earned him the nickname of the “Czar of the Indian IT Industry,” a pretty hefty title. Originally, Wipro was started by his father and was called Western Indian Vegetable Products, they manufactured hydrogenated oil products. After his father’s death, he took over the company, totally changed the direction of the company and renamed it Wipro.
The Giving Pledge Signer
Mr. Premji holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. He has said that has given more than 25 percent of his personal wealth to charity, as of 2013. Notably, he is the first Indian to sign Warren Buffet’s and Bill Gates’ “The Giving Pledge,” which is aimed at getting the rich to engage in giving to various philanthropic causes. He is quoted as saying that being rich “does not thrill him.”
Mohammed Al Amoudi
Mr. Al Amoudi has a reported net worth of $10.9 billion. He was born in Ethiopia and resides in Saudi Arabia. His father was Saudi and his mother Ethiopian. This 67-year-old billionaire originally made his money in real estate and construction before investing primarily in oil. He owns various oil refineries in different countries such as Sweden, Morocco, and West Africa.
For Mr. Almoudi, remembering his roots is obviously important as he is the single largest foreign investor in Ethiopia. Interestingly, he has been noted as donating a sum of somewhere between $5 and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. He is married to Soniat Al Amoudi and they have eight children.
This Russian Billionaire of Ethnic Uzbek descent has a reported $6.5 billion net worth. He has ownership in a variety of transportation industries, a rural mining company and Wendy’s. He holds a Bachelor degree from Tashkent State University. He is also a translator and previously made his living that way working as an Arabic-Persian translator in Libya in the late 1980s.
Philanthropic Russian Billionaire
Makhmudov has reportedly donated over $1 billion to various philanthropic causes including aiding orphans, war veterans, homelessness, and clinics. Makhmudov is also noted for helping to aid Russia during its transition to Capitalism after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2014, he built an ice arena in Sochi for the Olympics and gave it to the government free of charge.
Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber
This Saudi businessman is the founder, chairman, and CEO of MBI International. This conglomerate contains such companies as JWW Hotels, a residential developing company, an oil company and AJWA an agricultural company. Al Jaber reportedly as a net worth of 8.2 billion. All of these businesses operate in Europe and the Middle East. Sadly in 2003, one of his residential developments was targeted by Al Qaeda.
“Yes, Arabs Can Too.”
Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber wrote a book in 2013, cleverly titled Yes, Arabs Can Too, which discusses Arabs’ capability to overcome in the modern world based on his own life experiences. He was named Special Envoy of the Director General of UNESCO for tolerance, democracy and peace, and as an official UN spokesman for good governance.
This 50-year-old Russian businessman has a reported net worth of $7.1 billion. He graduated with a degree from Dagestan State University with a Bachelor degree in financial accounting and economics. During the fall of the Soviet Union, he began to invest. His investments range from banking to oil and gas and even a soccer team.
The Private Billionaire
Kerimov is known for being extremely private and has not given a single interview in 20 years. The editor of Forbes Magazine Russia referred to Kerminov as the “Russian Warren Buffet.” As many businessmen like to do, he has been active in politics since 1999, becoming a member of the State Duma, and since 2008, the Russian Federation representing Dagestan.
Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi
This 96-year-old billionaire as a net worth of $7.7 billion dollars. In a true rags-to-riches story he started his business with his brother exchanging money for travelers on camel caravans. His family owns a bank the Al Rajhi of which he is the largest stakeholder. In Saudi Arabia, he and his family are considered to be the wealthiest non-royals.
The Fertile Billionaire
In 2012, Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi received the King Faisal International Prize for reportedly dedicating half his fortune to charity, supporting charity work and other philanthropic events. It would be easy to assume that he loves children, as he holds a degree in elementary education and also has twenty-three children of his own. Wow!
Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary
This Bumiputra Billionaire has an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion. Bumiputra is a term referring to the indigenous people of Malaysia. He is the richest Bumiputra person to ever be on record. He was born into a relatively poor background and had to start working early to help support his family. Al-Bukhary is even a high school dropout. He began his business in the 1990s dealing in rice.
The Rice Billionaire
Ultimately, Al- Bukhary worked his way up and was awarded large government contracts. From there, he began to invest in other industries, namely, property development, engineering and infrastructure. There are a number of controversies surrounding him that mostly surround the fact that he holds monopolies in various food products. Thus, that being the way he controls much of the wealth in his country.
This politician billionaire originates from Tripoli, Lebanon. He has served twice as the Prime Minister of Lebanon. After his last time in office, he resigned after two years after struggling to keep Lebanon out of the Syrian conflict. Mikati is a political moderate. He has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion.
In 1982, Mikati co-founded the telecommunications Investcom, the company sold in 2006 for $5.5 billion. After the sale of Investcom, Mikati and his brother formed another holding called M1 Group with interests in telecom, real estate, and retail. He and his brother are also owners of a super luxury yacht called Chopi Chopi.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
This United Arab Emirates citizen is the CEO of Mashreq Bank, which is a publicly traded company. His net worth is an estimated $2.7 billion. The bank was founded by his uncle during the first oil boom of the 1960s. Al Ghurair graduated from California Polytechnic State University with an industrial engineering degree.
United Arab Emirate Billionaire
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair was the Speaker of the House of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates the United Arab Emirates Parliament from 2007 until 2011. Interestingly, this Muslim billionaire was part of the first official delegation from the United Arab Emirates ever to visit the Vatican, where he met with the Pope.
To shake up this list a bit, let’s talk about some of the richest Muslim women. The Queen of Jordan, Queen Rania and her husband have a reported net worth of $785 million. Her husband is King Abdullah II. For a Queen from a nation in the Middle East Rania has been remarkably publicly active. She publicly advocates for various causes including education.
Beautiful Royal Billionaire
Queen Rania is one of the most well-known women from the Muslim world. She holds a degree in Business Administration from American University in Cairo. She notably stated that she felt women should not be forced to wear hijab, but she was not against it if the woman chose to wear it. She is also noted for her beauty and accessibility, and she participates on the majority of social media.
Princess Majeedah Bolkiah
This Princess is the daughter of Brunei’s Sultan, her family has an estimated net worth of $20 billion. Like the majority of other extremely wealthy royalty, the Princess is also educated. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Brunei Darussalam and a Master’s in Environmental Development from King’s College London.
Daughter of the King Billionaire
In an interesting choice for a royal, Princess Majeedah has chosen a career in public policy. She could choose to have a life of luxury, lounging around all day. Instead, she works as a Special Duties Officer in the Environmental Department … Parks and Recreation. A move that would make Leslie Knope proud, no doubt!
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco and her husband have a reported net worth of $2.5 billion. She came from a middle-class background and her father was a schoolteacher. She pursued her education in engineering and worked briefly before her marriage as information services engineer at ONA group, a holding company.
The Charitable Princess
Princess Lalla supports a variety of social causes such as cancer associations, a music festival, a cancer prevention association and HIV/AIDS prevention. Like many of us normal people, she met her husband at a party and the couple has two children: a son named Prince Moulay Hassan and a daughter Princess Lalla Khadija.
Sheikha Maitha of Dubai
Sheikha Maitha of Dubai is the daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also a noted poet in his Arabic tongue. Sheikha and her family come from a Sunni Islam background. Her family’s net worth is a reported $18 billion.
Martial Arts Princess
Sheikha Maitha’s wealth and status have not caused her to become a stereotypical dainty princess type and she is both a taekwondo and karate expert. She won a silver medal in 2006 Asian games in the Karate event for the United Arab Emirates. The royal Ronda Rousey? She is also active in women’s polo tournaments; there is no doubt that the Sheikha enjoys athletic events.
Princess Ameerah of Saudi Arabia
Princess Ameerah was previously reported on by many journalists for her and her husband Al-Waleed bin Talal’s extreme wealth of $26.1 billion. Although, the couple has since divorced. Reportedly, their divorce was caused by her very active public persona. She holds a degree from the University of New Haven in Connecticut in Business Administration.
The Gorgeous Princess
Princess Ameerah is the founder and CEO of Times Entertainment and co-founder of Tasamy, a non-profit organization that promotes social entrepreneurship. She is quoted as stating that she wants to be among the first women to drive on the Saudi roads. She had an interview with Charlie Rose and spoke about working for women’s empowerment and equal rights in Saudi Arabia through Alwaleed Foundations. In addition, to her wealth and success she is also stunningly beautiful!
Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Al Thani is a daughter of the Qatar royal family and sister of the current emir (ruler), they have a reported net worth of $2.2 billion. She is extremely active within the art world and chairs Qatar Museums which manages the art and museum collection of Qatar. She has overseen purchases of extremely famous artworks by artists such as Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko.
The Emir’s Sister: Art Dealer
One of the most famous purchases Al- Thani oversaw was the record-setting $250 million for Cezanne’s “The Card Players.” Although she didn’t study art history, she did pursue education and hold a degree with a double major in literature and political science from Duke University. She is also multi-lingual and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.
Princess Haya bint al Hussein
Princess Haya is a member of the royal family. Her father is King Hussein of Jordan and his she is the half-sister of King Abdullah and sister in law to Queen Rania. Her husband’s net worth is a reported $18 billion. She is the “junior wife” of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She has a degree from Oxford University in England.
Princess Haya has been active in the equestrian world since she was 13 years old, and she qualified for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney in show-jumping. One of her remarkable achievements is being the first Arab and first woman ever to become Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program.
Sultanah Nur Zahirah
The Sultanah is the current Sultanah of Terengganu in Malaysia. She is married to Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Their net worth is disputed and is reportedly anywhere between 200 million to 2.5 billion dollars. The Sultanah, or Queen is a huge fan of interior design and has done the majority of design within the palace.
Down to earth Sultanah nur Zahirah also loves to cook and read. She stays involved in a variety of social and charitable organizations. Notably, she organized donations after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and with another organization called the Yayasan DiRaja Sultan Mizan distributed baby bottle designed for babies with cleft lips.
Princess Hajah Bolkiah
The Princess is the fourth child of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. Her family’s estimated net worth is $20 billion. Her father notably owns a Rolls Royce that he had coated with 24 karat gold and also owns the world’s largest residence with 1700 rooms. Clearly, this is a family that doesn’t shy away from extravagance!
The Golden Billionaire
Princess Hajah’s father spent $20 million dollars for her extremely lavish 2012 wedding. The Princess holds a degree in business administration, which seems like a popular choice among the royals for some reason. Both she and her husband work in government roles. In 2013, she gave birth to a son Muhammad Za’eem.
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
The Sheikha is the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned and the second of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is former Emir of the State of Qatar. She is the second wife of Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his estimated net worth is $2 billion.
The Fashionable Billionaire
Sheikha Moza has a Sociology degree from Qatar University and was also awarded an honorary doctorate Virginia Commonwealth University. She is notably a very public figure which is unlike past monarchical wives. She is also renowned for her personal style and often has haute couture customized to fit within the rules of Qatar’s modesty.
Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser Al Thani of Qatar
Sheikha Hanadi first started her career as an assistant lecturer at Qatar University. She later started her own company called the Qatar Ladies Investment Company better known as Amwal. As a woman in the Middle East she has accomplished things beyond expectation even for men. For instance, her company Amwal was the first to receive a license from Qatar Central Bank which enabled them to conduct various features of the financial world including investment banking, asset management, and wealth management. Her family, the Al Thani family, is said to be worth $15 billion.
The Investment Billionaire
Sheikha Hanadi is also the founder of AL Waab City Real Estate development project, which seeks to develop urban properties. She also serves as a chairperson both for Nasser Bin Khaled Al-Thani & Sons Group and Q-Auto. She has continued her work in academia and the serves on a trustee board and advisory board for both Qatar University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Pearl Initiative Board of Governors. She has also regularly been named as one of the most influential Arabs in the world.
Princess Fathima Kulsum Zohar Godabari of Saudi Arabia
Princess Fathima Kulsum is said to be married to Sheikh Avdi Al Muhammad who is the Emir or “Ruler” or Dubai. While some sources have claimed that she is now a “Queen”. Experts on the area have stated that there are no queens in the Saudi royal family. Rather the King takes multiple wives who only ascend to the level of princess.
Either way, Princess Fathima is still a member of one of the richest royal families in the world. It’s no surprise considering Saudi Arabia is known for its riches, particularly it’s richness in oil. The country holds 39% of OPEC’s oil reserves. The family’s wealth is said to be in excess of $4 billion. There are also various websites across the Internet that marvel at the beauty of Princess Fathima.
Camilla Al-Fayed is the daughter of Mohamed Al-Fayed who is an Egyptian business magnate. Her father owns businesses that include the Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly the very famous Harrods Department Store. Camilla’s half-brother was Dodi Al-Fayed who famously dated Princess Diana and also succumbed in the car crash which killed her. The Al-Fayed family wealth is estimated at $1.4 billion.
The Vegan Billionaire
Camilla has sought to make a name for herself despite her famous father and brother. Originally, she pursued a career in fashion and at one point, even owned a majority stake in the label Issa. However, in 2016 she sought to enter the food industry and opened a plant based restaurant in London called The Farmacy. The Farmacy is a restaurant that serves all vegan food with the exception of eggs.
Jasmine is the elder sister of Camilla Al-Fayed and Mohamed Al-Fayed’s first daughter. She is the first child of her father’s second marriage to Heini Wathen a Dutch model. His first wife, Samira Khashoggi was the mother of Dodi Al-Fayed. Despite, the Al-Fayed family already achieving both wealth and fame, Jasmine, like her younger sister sought out to establish herself. Although, having family connections certainly didn’t hurt.
The Department Store Billionaire
At the beginning of her fashion career at only twenty-four years old, Jasmine Al-Fayed had the supreme luck of being connected to Harrod’s department store. A young designer, the store actually began to carry her fashions. Although, for Jasmine she simply looks at the opportunity as joining the family business.
Princess Iman Bint Al-Hussein
Princess Iman Bint Al-Hussein is a princess from Jordan. She is the daughter of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan. She has two brothers, Hamzah and Hashim, and one sister, Princess Raiyah. Princess Iman is also the half-sister to King Abdullah II of Jordan, making her sister-in-law Queen Rania. Princess Iman is known to be very beautiful but also very accomplished despite being a member of the royal family.
The Animal Lover Princess
Princess Iman Bint Al- Hussein studied at Sandhurst in England and then went back to Jordan and joined the military. Not only is she classically beautiful, she joined the Jordanian military after she completed her studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Before that she studied at both the Fay School in Massachusetts and the Maret School in Washington, D.C. She later began studying to become a veterinarian. In 2014, she married businessman Zaid Azmi Mirza and the two share one son named Omar.