Arabian Business published its 100 Most Influential Arabs list, and only 3 Jordanians made the cut. Wadah Khanfar, who runs Al Jazeera (all of it) at only 38 years old, is ranked 8th, while Fadi Ghandour of Aramex ranks 82. Emad Hajjaj however, is a new entry on the list, and now ranks 43, with the publication calling him “one of the most, if not the most, renowned social and political cartoonists in the Arab world.” Prince Alwaleed ranks first, for the fifth time in a row.
Meanwhile, Nadine Labaki, who wrote, directed and starred in Caramel (Sukar Banat) is the most “powerful Arab woman” and “most powerful Lebanese”, ranking 5th on the list. Ok, she’s attractive and pretty talented too, but I still have no idea how she scored that gig or why, for that matter, she outranked Dr. Michel Obeid, who came as close as it gets to curing cancer and still ranked 7th for God’s sake!
Or how about Hassan Nasrallah, who didn’t make the list of 100 people at all. I’m not his biggest fan but he undeniably tops the list in Lebanon, the Arab world, and is in close competition for the first spot.