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The 30 most influential people in Jordan

The monthly Jordanian magazine "Jordan Business" which is one of the most respectful and professional publications in Jordan came up with a nice idea to identify the 30 most influential people in Jordan. The list was published in this July 2006 issues and for the record I would like to post the names in a packaging system that I have developed. The magazine drew the list without particular order
 
Veterane Politicians: Abdul Hadi Majali, Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh, Marwan Mouasher, Zied Rifai,
 
Officials: Basem Awadallah, General Mohammad Dahabi (head of the General Intelligence), Khaled Toukan, Sharif Zou'bi
 
Public politicians: Saleh Armouti, Khalil Attiyah, Azzam Huneidi, Zaki Bani Irshid,
 
Big Businessmen: Khalid Dahleh (Taameer), Akram Abu Hamdan (Mawared), Abdel Karim Kabariti (Jordan Kuwait Bank), Obaida Kurdi (Kurdi group- Mecca Mall), Sabih Masri, Rajai Mouasher (National bank), Ziad Manasir, Elia Nuqul, Younis Qawasmi (Unied Arab Investors), Abdel Hamid Shoman,
 
Media: Fahed fanek, Yaser Abu Hilaleh, Imad Hajjaj, Mohammad Al Wakeel
 
Artists: Ammar Khammash, Hisham Yanes and Amal Dabbas
 
Public activists: Maha Khatib (Jordan River Foundation)
 
Scientists: Dr Zeid Kilani (Farah Hospital)
 
I think this list has missed some important names:
1- Khalid Shaheen: the biggest business mogul in Jordan. His influence reaches the US administration as well!
2- Imad fakhouri: Head of Aqaba Development Corporation: he runs an independent empire in Aqaba
3- Mohammad Abu Fares: the idol of Takfiri ideology, he has plenty of followers
4- Sultan Odwan: the head of faislai club, and it is more than just a sports club.
 
Can you think of more names?
 


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On July, 23, 2006 3:25 AM , hamede
from United States said:

How the magazine figure,calculate, to determine.
The forgat saleh Qalab,the worst thing ever happen to jordan.


On July, 23, 2006 3:37 AM , rami said:

they forgot to list the king


On July, 23, 2006 3:45 AM , Abu Shreek said:

HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
ZEID Rifa3i
HAAAA 3adbell oodi HAAAA
RAheejeh Rawabdehhhh HAAAAA
Big business Khalil 3atyyehh HAAAAAAAA HAAA
3azzam engineering Heneidi hahahaha
(who is that anyway)...

dafe33 gabel il rafe3 kabarittiii hoo hoo haaa
imad sellout hajjajj hooo ho hoo
mo7ammad (an elephant is running wild in shmeisani) il wakil ???
balash...
yaser (waa3 waaa3 i was not invited to "we are all jordan") abu hillaleh, il 3amm ghafell malo?

bass bass ya batir
I cant take it any more hahahah....

tab wain 3omar il 3abdallat
tayyeb balash
3aydah abu nowwar wa jozha...
balash
laith shbailatt??
3adnan naghawyieh, maher il 7oranni,
sameerah il 3ass , asmah khaderr, shofair bass 3amman-irbidd, m7ammad il m3aidi, 3adann (big pimpin) aboo 3odeh (willah ra7att ayyamo?!!)

Najdatt anzoor (ahh sorry he had it and took off to syria), musa abu marzoog (he was our neigbour until his jordanian nationality was revoked), ali abu il sokkar (ahh my bad he is in jail)

Ya3goob zayadeen (Ahh communists are done), mo7ammad tommalyyeh (cancer patients with a TRUE message dont count) , Batir wardam (once you make it big time yo cant stay committed anymore).

nbaeel il masheeni (both a comedian and a parlimant member (as if there is a difference)), zolaikhah abu reesheh, sale7 il gallag (baglebb 3alaik whenever i get a chance??!!)

influencial people are all over the freakin place....

samee7 il bateekhi (aka amjadd il shamayleh), 3abeer il bateekhi, nihad il bateekhi, Dr. laila khalff and her husband.

nicola dabeet, ibraheem shah zadah, 3ali 3abandah, salemm na77ass (ahhhhh sorry, i forgot communists dont count).

mash-hoor 7adeetheh il jazi (chief of our only victory), a7mad 3waidi il 3abbadi and his nemesis Toojan faisal, faisal il shbool, shibli il shtar


On July, 23, 2006 3:54 AM , Abu Shreek said:

shiblii il shatratt (what happened to him ??)

Dr. Abedel rabb idreess (sorry, i think he is sudanese), Dr. george 7abash, Dr. sameer ja3ja3 (i think, i am going on a tangent here, but does it really matter??!!)

Dr. kamel 7amarneh, Dr. muneer 7amrneh, Dr. laila 7amarneh, Dr. khaledd 7imshawi (quick..name 4 of the lst 4 communists up there..))

Dr. sameer qotami (preacing about professor-student relations, while his wife was his student !!!!), Dr. bassam haroon (a sports expert, yeah right), Dr. 3oodeh qawwass (haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaa haaa..)

Forget about "jordan business" , influencial people are all over the place, but please dont tell me that Zeid rifa3i is one of them....HAAAAAAA hhaha (fake laughter)


On July, 23, 2006 4:08 AM , Rami said:

Abu-Shreek,

This magazine is published in English. Take it as a directory of "who-to-pay" if you are a newcomer to Jordan's emergy money-power nexus and want a slice of the cake. I wonder if bank account details were published?

Now face it, the list is pretty much up to date and it is a very good compilation. It would have been senseless to put in expired names.

Also, the list doesn't neglect throwing in some OK mangoes into your cocktail by way of reducing the stench of the bad ones.


On July, 23, 2006 4:13 AM , za3lan
from United States said:

"they forgot to list the king"

i dont think he should be in top-30. the mokhabarat and businessmen and the US embassy decide everything


On July, 23, 2006 10:06 AM , Adi said:

It's rather humours to speak of Top Influential people in a country with averager income close to Congo or Zimbabwai. let's not flatter ourselvs. drive outside your west amman community and you will see the extent of the failure of your most influential people. according to world bank the average income in jordan is 200 dollars per month. these salaries are circa 1970. but if you mean most influential people is people who influenced the system downwards then you may have a point. The sad part is that most of the positive influneces in Jordan comes from the people who are shunned by the the official media ( which is every media that calls itself independent in jordan). the islamists are by far the only effective force in jordan that touches the lives of them majority of jordanians positively. ever wonder why in most arab countries they are inching to power? they are respected by the majority. your list is lacking because it ignores the reality on the ground.


On July, 23, 2006 10:42 AM , Batir
from Jordan said:

The magazine said they did not include any members of the Royal family in that list, which I think is wise.


On July, 23, 2006 10:46 AM , Batir
from Jordan said:

Adi I respect your argument but I think your calculations are outdated regarding the income. In the latest figures I have it reaches 350 JDs. Of course this is not a good figure but that does not reflect bad governance only. In Congo, which you have mentioned there are extremely rich resources of diamond that could make the country rich but that is is a case of bad governance. In Jordan it is an integration of bad governance, regional conflicts and scarcity of resources.
Thanks for your analysis.


On July, 23, 2006 11:21 AM , Adi said:

"Adi I respect your argument but I think your calculations are outdated"

Please post link to UN or simimlar group showing new income figuer. this is news to me.

"In Jordan it is an integration of bad governance, regional conflicts and scarcity of resources. "

Bad governance: in the form of protected corruption.

regional conflict: not true. the money poured into jordanian economy as a result of palestinian, iraqi, and lebanese refugees was massive. The iraqis alone poured billions into Jordanian economy. How this money maneged to get in at the same time taxes increased is a question that can be explaind with the corruption argument.

scarcity of resources: again, corruption and mismanagement make such scarcity more painful.

so it all goes back to sanctioned corruption which includes unfair distribution of wealth and favors, bogus government contracts (remember the oild drilling fiasco), etc aggrevated by a decline in quality of education which for a poor country such as jordan is considered the ULTIMATE national security threat.


On July, 23, 2006 11:32 AM , batir
from Jordan said:

Adi again I want to make sure that I do not try to neglect corruption. I strongly believe that corruption is the biggest problem in Jordan and I also agree on the issue of pouring money which goes for the elite and not for development purposes. Thanks for the comments and I hope to see you more in this blog


On July, 23, 2006 12:13 PM , salam
from Jordan said:

even if the average income was 10 dollars in any country ,this has nothing to do with having influential people ,in any setting in the world,there are people who have all the power,wether it's over trillions of dollars or over piasters,even the animal kingdom has influential carachters,don't you agree Adi?


On July, 23, 2006 12:28 PM , Jano
from Jordan said:

hey wallah great idea! some names are really true. while some others i dont know about :S by the way, i was a student in Philadelphia University, the presedent was then Adnan Badran, he is a really great man, but he didnt have the chance as the prime minister..


On July, 23, 2006 3:57 PM , Madi said:

"Adnan Badran, he is a really great man, but he didnt have the chance as the prime minister.. "

Sadly in Jordan greatness is rooted in TANZEER and not related to performsnce. That's may be why official jordanians instutions are not subject to refomes and improvements, because they are run by MUNA'ZZEREEN who have failed on the delivery front but continue to offer impressive opnions. i say we outlaw tanzeer. and unless we have tangible performance measures we should not relay on the media or official sources to tell us who is TOP and who is not.


On July, 23, 2006 5:34 PM , za3lan
from United States said:

"The magazine said they did not include any members of the Royal family in that list, which I think is wise."

I agree. What do you tell the king? "Sorry your majesty, but you didn't make the top-30 influential figures in your country"?


On July, 23, 2006 5:49 PM , :sSSSS said:

this is funny man, i am laughing @ abu-shreek and za3lan's comments. you guys are funny. are you upset you didn't make it to the list?


On July, 23, 2006 11:01 PM , Batir
from Jordan said:

Madi, I think you got it all right in your message. You have used the key word which is "delivery". In Jordan, it is very low delivery at many levels, expect building mega tourism projects for the elite.


On July, 23, 2006 11:07 PM , Batir
from Jordan said:

Adi you are right. The UNDP Human Development report for 2005 states that Jordan has a per capita GDP of 4320 US $ which corresponds to 254.0 JDs per month. I salute your accuracy.


On July, 24, 2006 10:42 PM , sabine
from Jordan said:

i read the article and would like to mention that the influential 30 people were based on public votes, not the magazine opinion of who is. so whether or not you personally agree with the choices, others believe these people have influenced their live in one way or another. positve or negative.


On July, 25, 2006 12:06 AM , hamede
from United States said:

sabine,public votes!!!!!!.


On July, 25, 2006 5:02 AM , za3lan
from United States said:

sabine, you know that there is a responsibility attached to working in the media. to publish this list is not a matter of surveying 10 or 100 people and say "people voted", because this way you are playing politics.

i think the jordanian media is pretty immature, and shouldn't be toying with such lists at this stage.


On July, 25, 2006 12:19 PM , sabine
from Jordan said:

Why on earth not? yes, of course the media has a responsibility, but publishing a list that at least 9,000 (the magazines circluation) people new about and hundreds voted for is hardly playing politics. Playing politics would be if they disregarded public votes and picked and chose whoever they wanted.


On July, 27, 2006 2:05 AM , Hasan
from United States said:

I'm just curious, has any US magazine ever mention the top most influential people in their country?

Batir, corruption to you might hold a moral ring tone, but corruption is what keeps investment away from Jordan. No one will risk their business just because their competitor has a cousin in the customs.

Jordan has the same relief and geological properties as Israel (ok they have more sea ports), yet Israel seems to be attracting a lot of foreign investment and will create a robust economy able to survive on its own when the US stops giving them annual aid.

So in a country like this, were it's extremely difficult to compete with corruption, it's highly probable that those making millions or billions in an economy as small as Jordan have also played the game by its rules.

Everywhere in the world, the richer you are, the more influential you will be.

So, remind me why it's important to know the 30 most influential people in Jordan?


On July, 29, 2006 8:24 AM , Sabine
from Jordan said:

Hasan - I am very surprised, especially since you are living in the US, that you ask if any US magazine has ever mentioned the most inflential people in its country. Have you never come across Forbes or Time? Secondly, a country like Israel is able to flourish because the US pumps it with money and power. Lastly, i don't see a connection between corruption and influence, or even money and infleunce. What about poets, artists, school teachers? No one said listing 30 influnetial people is important, but i certainly found it interesting to see who even a small part of the population deemed infleuntial.


On July, 30, 2006 10:49 AM , Amer
from Jordan said:

Personally, I found the article interesting and entertaining. Something nice and inspiring to read while sitting on the toilet. I don't know why some people have to tear to shreds everything that is written or published in order to look for an underlying political statement. Why does an article written by some mediocre journalist trigger all this debate? Just take it for face value and move on with your lives, people. It's the same as those damn Danish cartoons. If they had just been dismissed as the scribblings of a demented, bigoted, pimply-faced cartoonist with nothing more tactful to draw about, they wouldn't have created all this hype. But "NOOOO!", we have to attach an undescribable importance to every little thing that some idiot writes and turn it into a huge debate that wastes everones time and glorifies the delinquent clown who wrote it. JUST RELAX, PEOPLE!!!


On August, 05, 2006 6:30 AM , Kamal said:

I think Khalid Shaheen should have been on the list for sure. Maybe number one too.


On February, 13, 2007 5:39 PM , aya said:

i think that khaled shaheen must be number one at the buisnessmen section... i mean he is a man who is doing several projects in thw world and is having out head raised by his work... he is truly a magnificent man, as well as he acomplished to make $1,000,000 in less than a year, when he was only 18 years old, truly khaled shaheen is a very important buisness man!


On December, 29, 2007 10:03 PM , Ali Soubra
from Lebanon said:

Samih battikhi is at the top, wrongfully accused of corruption. everyone in jordan knows he is innocent even the judge who sentensed him admitted battikhi is innocent, i visited him in his house after he returned to pay respects. Hundreds of people showed up. Jordan was much safer under him and he is still respected by all.


On November, 13, 2009 6:19 AM , Ali Berry said:

What about IBRAHIM AL-MANASIR in the USA Manasirco.com.....


On December, 11, 2009 4:38 PM , joshboom
from Philippines said:

I've heard that a man named Mr. Obaida Kurdi, builder, contractor and real estate genius, is a very good man, great husband and father, philantrophist and most of all, respect his fellowman no matter what creed, nationalities or religion. Filipinos working with him, respect him so much and very thankful for being their employer. Eventhough, I am far from there, I salute you, Mr. Obaida Kurdi. May we have many more men like him in this planet. Thanks.> Mr. Boom P. Blanco


On December, 11, 2009 4:38 PM , joshboom
from Philippines said:

I've heard that a man named Mr. Obaida Kurdi, builder, contractor and real estate genius, is a very good man, great husband and father, philantrophist and most of all, respect his fellowman no matter what creed, nationalities or religion. Filipinos working with him, respect him so much and very thankful for being their employer. Eventhough, I am far from there, I salute you, Mr. Obaida Kurdi. May we have many more men like him in this planet. Thanks.> Mr. Boom P. Blanco


On December, 11, 2009 4:51 PM , joshboom
from Philippines said:

A lot of us measure the achievements of man by the value of his wealth and known accomplishments; maybe, we tend to forget that the real value of man is not based on quantity, but rather on quality and intangible characteristics, superbly idolized and respected by people starting from his family and outwards, the purity of his heart in helping the needy and those who suffers a lot from his own community. There are many good men around us, and yet, we don't see them the way we see those who intently want to be seen by us.




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