MANAMA: Three Bahraini women are featured in the Forbes annual Power Businesswomen in the Middle East list.

In the 2020 list, there are 22 new entries and 23 nationalities represented across 28 sectors.

Emiratis are the most prevalent nationality with 23 entries.

There are also nine Egyptians, eight Lebanese and eight Omani women.

From Bahrain, Y K Almoayyed and Sons managing director Mona Almoayyed is ranked ninth among 100 women business leaders.

She is followed by Sico chief executive Najla Al Shirawi, ranked 66th, and Bahrain Bourse chief operating officer Narjes Jamal, who is ranked 80th among 100 successful businesswomen.

“The majority (79) of the 100 women are self-made, 16 of whom have started their own businesses,” said Forbes Middle East.

“And 21 women work in their family businesses, with many of them starting out when it was rare to find women in the workplace.”

From the UAE, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group managing director Raja Al Gurg is ranked first in the list, followed by Landmark Group chief executive Renuka Jagtiani while, from Saudi, Samba Financial Group CEO Rania Nashar features in the third spot.

The combined total assets of the 100 female leaders’ companies are worth more than $500 billion.

“Our list was constructed via nominations and through in-depth research based on criteria including the size of the businesses that these women head, their accomplishments over the last year, the initiatives they champion, and their overall work experience,” said the leading business magazine.

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