There are countless articles out there about entrepreneurs who “failed before they succeeded”, “failed first”, “overcame obstacles” and the like. Have you seen any article displaying even a few of the reputable and equally as successful Muslim entrepreneurs out there?
Well, me neither! Now if you ask me, I think it’s about time we get articles like that out there to inspire aspiring Muslim entrepreneurs. With that said, here are 10 Muslim entrepreneurs who toiled hard and defied the odds to achieve success.
#1. Timur Kulibayev
This 49-year-old Kazakhstani business oligarch is the son-in-law of the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. His Net-worth is US$2.1 billion that makes him the 894th richest person in the world and the third in his country.
This guy has held a few positions in some significant state- owned companies that deal with the countries’ natural resources among many others, of course.
#2. Shahid Khan
This Pakistani-American is the sole proprietor of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois and the English Football League Championship team Fulham F.C. His net worth is over $5.6 billion that places him in 360th richest in the world and 84th in the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.
Back in 2012, this business tycoon was called the emblem of the American dream on the front cover of Forbes magazine.
#3. Bahaa Hariri
This 49-year-old is the brother of the ex-prime minister of Lebanon. Back in 2011, his net worth was $2.5 billion, which placed him at the 459th position of richest people in the world.
Hariri might have been born rich, but he definitely was no billionaire at birth. He worked in the family business for a while after he obtained a degree from Boston University, then established his own real estate and investment vehicle from Switzerland. He then became the chairperson of the Al-Abdali project in Jordan and the originator of Horizon Group, a property development company.
#4. Aliko Dangote
Proprietor of a multi-national company that operates in most of the major countries in Africa (Dangote Group), Aliko was ranked as the 67th richest man in the world and richest man in Africa with net worth of US$18.6 billion
#5. Naushad N. Merali
From a high school student in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, Merali became one of the leading industrialists in his country. He founded a mobile service provider, Kencell and mounted his business all over east Africa. This guy has been providing industrial and business expansion and development in Kenya for over 30 years and counting.
So there you have it. Five Muslim entrepreneurs who hustled and slogged for success. So if you happen to be an aspiring Muslim (not necessarily) entrepreneur seeking inspiration, you’ve got it here.