For the first time in its history, the American business magazine Forbes has published the list of the most powerful Arab women leading brands from the Middle East: "Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands". Of the 60 women selected, these five are in the top ranks.
1st place: Huda Kattan
Launched in 2013 by Iraqi Huda Kattan, the eponymous brand Huda Beauty has a wide range of products ranging from eyeliner to body glitter and eye shadow palettes. With its brand valued at $1.2 billion and its presence on social networks (1.4 million Instagram subscribers), Huda Kattan has made a real name for itself in the cosmetics market and is ranked first on Forbes’ list.
2nd place: Reem Accra
Sophisticated, meticulously embroidered and intimately feminine, Reem Acra‘s creations contribute to placing Lebanon on the fashion map. Having started in the wedding dress market, the designer is now famous in ready-to-wear. Thanks to its 1.2 million Instagram subscribers and celebrities such as Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry whom it dresses at major events, the brand has acquired a real reputation.
3rd place: Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi
Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi, known in the music world as Ahlam, is a pop singer from the United Arab Emirates who began her musical career in 1995. Her albums El Thokool Sana’a in 2006 and Haza Ana in 2009, but also her presence on Instagram (10.5 million subscribers), have contributed to her notoriety which has earned her the 3rd place in Forbes’ 2019 ranking.
4th place: Ingie Chalhoub
Entrepreneur, businesswoman and fashion enthusiast, Ingie Chalhoub is a woman to whom everything seems to be smiling. President of the Etoile Group founded in 1983, which brings together nearly 80 major luxury brands, the Lebanese woman has made this group the leader in the luxury fashion retail sector in the Middle East and acquired an inspiring reputation as an ambassador for know-how and excellence in fashion. Ingie Chalhoub also launched herself into artistic direction by creating her own House: Ingie Paris.
5th place: Azza Fahmy, Amina and Fatima Ghali
Azza Fahmy Jewellery is undeniably the most historically significant Egyptian brand. Founders Azza Fahmy, Amina and Fatima Ghali, now create unique handcrafted jewelry inspired by 7,000 years of history and modern cultural references around the world. Passionately committed to creating timeless jewelry with modern, and eclectic cultural dimensions, the brand seduces and makes people talk about it internationally, thanks in particular to its presence on social networks.