The Saudi Arabia-headquartered Abdul Latif Jameel has come first in the Forbes Middle East the Top 100 Arab Family Businesses 2024 list, while UAE’s Al-Futtaim Group and Egypt’s Mansour Group round up the top three.

Of the top 10, the billionaire-owned Mansour Group is the only non-GCC-based entry. In May 2023, US Major League Soccer awarded a $500 million franchise to a group led by Mohamed Mansour to launch a football club in San Diego, California, by 2025. Group Chairman Mohamed Mansour, alongside brothers Youssef and Yasseen, had a combined net worth of $5.8 billion as of February 2024, making them the richest Arab family featured on this year’s list.

To construct this list, Forbes Middle East only considered businesses owned or run by Arab families. The conglomerates were ranked on their size, value, performance, business activity, age, legacy, and extent of the business’ geographic and sector diversification.

GCC families most successful

GCC families are the most successful in the family business space, with 34 of the 100 firms originating from Saudi Arabia, 28 from the UAE, and seven businesses each from Kuwait and Qatar. Combined, these four Gulf countries constitute 76% of the list.

From traditional real estate to hospitality investments, the family businesses on this list have stood the test of time, with six being established in the 1800s and 26 established before 1950. Just six were established in the 2000s, all of which were formed due to a split or sale of an earlier business or consolidation of pre-existing assets to form a holding group.

For instance, Morocco’s O Capital Group was founded in 2021 when Holding Benjelloun Mezian merged with FinanceCom in the same year. In contrast, Oman-based Towell Group is the oldest family business in the ranking, with roots dating back to 1866.

Backing sustainable operations with substantial capital has been a consistent priority for several of the 2024 listees. For example, AlNowais Investments Group has over 1,230MW of clean energy projects in Africa, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Togo, either in operation or under construction. Meanwhile, Alfardan Group signed an MoU with Electronics Recycling Factory to develop environmental sustainability and encourage e-waste recycling in June 2023. Similarly, the Safari Group and the Knauf Group agreed in December 2023 to invest in and build a new state-of-the-art plasterboard production facility that will significantly reduce energy and water consumption.

Top 10 Arab Family Businesses in The Middle East 2024

1| Abdul Latif Jameel

Country: Saudi Arabia

Established: 1945

2| Al-Futtaim Group

Country: UAE

Established: 1930s

3| Mansour Group

Country: Egypt

Established: 1952

4| Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Country: UAE

Established: 1992

5| Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Country: Saudi Arabia

Established: 1947

6| Al Ghurair Investment

Country: UAE

Established: 1960

7| SEDCO Holding

Country: Saudi Arabia

Established: 1976

8| Al Muhaidib Group

Country: Saudi Arabia

Established: 1943

9| Al Ghurair Group

Country: UAE

Established: 1960

10 | DAMAC Group

Country: UAE

Established: 1982

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