The list includes businesswomen of 18 different nationalities, led by Egyptian women with 11, and then by 4 Lebanese women.
The financial technology sector dominates the list of “20 women who made Middle Eastern technology brands 2022” with 5 businesswomen, followed by the logistics sector with 3 women, then the e-commerce and cryptocurrency sectors with 2 women each.
Dubai: Forbes Middle East has announced its annual list for the fourth consecutive year, “Women Making Middle Eastern Brands for 2022”, focusing on the businesswomen who have built the most successful brands in the region. The list includes 30 women who have made Middle Eastern brands in the fashion, beauty and other sectors, as well as 20 women who have made Middle Eastern technology brands.
The “30 Women Who Made Middle Eastern Brands 2022” list includes businesswomen across various categories, including accessories, baby care, beauty and fashion, shoes, jewelry and perfume.
The list is based on specific criteria, including: celebrities who supported the brand, the number of followers on social media, the number of countries in which the brand is active, and media coverage. For the fourth consecutive year, Huda Kattan, co-founder of the Huda Beauty brand, topped the list. In 2021, Forbes America ranked the beauty entrepreneur among the richest homemade women in America, with a net worth of $ 490 million on April 8, 2021.
She is followed by Azza Fahmy, Amina and Fatima Ghaly, and Mona Kattan, founder of the brand (KAYALI) in third place. Followed by Ryan Al-Sulaimani, CEO of Atelier Zuhra, in fourth place, and shoe designer Andrea Wazen in fifth.
The brands classified in the list started from 6 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, led by the UAE with 13 brands, followed by Egypt with 8 brands, and then Lebanon with 5 brands. The list also includes businesswomen of 18 different nationalities, led by Egyptian women with 11, and then by 4 Lebanese women. The fashion and fashion sector dominates the list with 13 brands, followed by the beauty sector with 7 brands, and then the jewelry sector with 5 brands.
Regarding the list of “20 women who made Middle Eastern technology brands in 2022”, other criteria were added, including: the volume of funding rounds and revenue. The list is at the top by Rita Huang Zhen, co-founder of the logistics company iMile, which raised $ 40 million in a series of A-funding rounds in November 2021, bringing its total funding to $ 50 million since its inception brought, making it the ninth most funded start in the Middle East and North Africa for 2021.
Mona Ataya and Lina Khalil, founders of (Mumzworld) also joined the list of the year in second place, after their platform attracted the attention of regional investors and the Tamer Group’s acquisition of the company in June 2021. While the list of the 5 most powerful women in this category includes Nadine Mezher, who co-founded Sarwa, Ambreen Musa, who founded the Capital Markets Platform, and Fatima El Shennawy, who founded Khazna in the financial technology sector.
The rankings include a diverse group of women from 17 different nationalities, working in 13 sectors. While the Jordanian women were at the top of the list with 3 women, then the Saudis and the British women with 2 women each. The financial technology sector is dominated by 5 brands, followed by logistics with 3 brands, and then the e-commerce and cryptocurrency sectors with 2 women each. The companies of companies classified within the list are also active in the Emirates, with 13 brands, followed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia with two brands each.
The 5 most powerful women creating Middle Eastern brands for 2022
1- Huda Kattan
Trademark: Huda Beauty; WISHES
Established date: 2013,2020
2- Azza Fahmy, Amina and Fatima Ghaly
Trademark: Azza Fahmy Jewelery
Established date: 1969
3- Mona Kattan
Trademark: KAYALI; Huda Beauty
Sector: cosmetics; perfume
Established date: 2013; 2018
4- Rayan Al-Sulaimani
Trademark: Atelier Zuhra
Sector: Fashion and fashion
Date of establishment: 2015
Headquarters: UAE and Oman
5- Andrea Wazen
Trademark: Andrea Wazen
Date of establishment: 2013
The 5 most powerful women creating Middle Eastern technology brands for 2022
1- Rita Huang Zhen
Trademark: iMile Delivery Services
Date of establishment: 2017
2- Mona Ataya and Lina Khalil
Established date: 2011
Nationality: Palestinian, British
3- Nadine Mezher
Date of establishment: 2017
4- Ambreen Musa
Established date: 2012
5- Fatima El-Shennawy
Date of establishment: 2019
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