5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

We explore the business-savvy Pakistani billionaires who are making incredible changes to the country’s development, financially and socially.

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Riaz's net worth is over £1.1 billion

Within global business and entrepreneurship, Pakistani billionaires have risen to remarkable heights, amassing fortunes and redefining the boundaries of success.

Pakistan proudly boasts its cohort of visionaries whose names resonate as testaments to tenacity, innovation, and the art of turning dreams into reality.

In this exclusive exploration, we embark on a journey into the lives and legacies of the top Pakistani businessmen who have conquered international markets and beyond.

From technology magnates to real estate moguls, their narratives are here to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Shahid Khan

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Shahid Khan is a Pakistani-American billionaire and sports team owner.

Khan moved to the United States in 1967 to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He initially started with limited funds and worked odd jobs, including washing dishes and as a part-time engineer.

In 1978, Khan founded Bumper Works, an auto parts manufacturing company.

He later invested in Flex-N-Gate, an auto parts maker that specialises in bumpers and other parts.

Under his leadership, Flex-N-Gate grew significantly and became a major supplier to automobile manufacturers.

In 2011, Khan made history by becoming the first member of an ethnic minority to own an NFL team.

He purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars, an American football team based in Florida.

Khan later acquired Fulham FC in 2013, a professional football club based in London with a rich history of top-flight games. 

With such a catalogue of investments, businesses, and entrepreneurial spirit, Khan has surpassed a net worth of over £10 billion.

Khan has donated to causes related to education, healthcare, and community development in both the United States and Pakistan and his story is often regarded as a classic example of the ‘American Dream’.

Sadruddin Hashwani 

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Sadruddin Hashwani was born into a Sindhi Khoja Shia Muslim family with ancestral ties to a migration alongside the third Ismaili Imam Agha Khan from Persia in the early 1900s.

This lineage led them to establish their residence in Lasbela, Balochistan.

Hashwani’s academic journey led him to the University of Karachi and in 1960, he and his brother, Ahsan Iqbal, birthed the Hassan Ali Company.

By the 70s, their enterprise had blossomed into Pakistan’s foremost cotton trading company.

However, a twist of fate intervened as the company faced nationalisation in 1973.

Undeterred by challenges, Hashwani’s vision manifested in the inauguration of the illustrious Holiday Inn hotel in Karachi in 1978, subsequently extending its footprint to Islamabad in 1981.

Notably, both establishments underwent a transformation into the Marriott brand during the 90s.

A pivotal moment arose in 1985 when Hashwani orchestrated a triumphant acquisition of the majority shares of Pakistan Services Limited, which oversaw four Inter-Continental Hotels.

Under his stewardship, they were rebranded as the Pearl-Continental Hotels, redefining luxury hospitality across Pakistan.

In the literary realm, Hashwani’s legacy expanded with the release of his widely acclaimed memoir, Truth Always Prevails, in 2014.

A testament to his remarkable life journey, the memoir resonated with readers, offering a candid and insightful window into his experiences.

Hashwani made history in 2019 when he became the first businessman to be honoured with Pakistan’s highest civilian accolade, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence). 

From humble beginnings to becoming a luminous beacon of achievement, Sadruddin Hashwani has a net worth of around £2.6 billion. 

Malik Riaz  

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Malik Riaz Hussain is one of the most prominent Pakistani billionaires. 

He is renowned for his pioneering role as the founder of Bahria Town.

This visionary real estate development enterprise has earned its place as the largest privately held company of its kind in the country.

Riaz embarked on his career as a humble clerk with a construction firm in Rawalpindi.

By the 80s, his trajectory had evolved, leading him to transition into a contractor.

In 1995, Riaz’s construction company, Hussain Global, inked a collaboration with the Bahria Foundation, a charitable trust affiliated with the Pakistan Navy.

This partnership aimed to transform a gated community into reality, a venture that became Bahria Town.

Bahria Town’s footprint expanded to encompass gated communities in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad during the early 2000s.

This resulted in the development of an impressive 45,000 square acres of urban landscape.

At its zenith, Bahria employed a staggering 60,000 individuals, solidifying its position as a major employer within the private sector of Pakistan.

As a businessman, Malik Riaz embodies a forward-thinking ethos.

Driven by an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, Riaz’s net worth is over £1.1 billion. 

Mian Muhammad Mansha 

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Born into a family that had ventured from Punjab to Kolkata in the 1930s, Mansha’s roots bore witness to the tumultuous winds of history.

The 1947 Partition upheaval saw the family return to the heartland of Punjab, where a modest cotton ginning business took root.

This eventually blossomed into Nishat Textile Mills, a family endeavor initiated in 1951.

His father’s demise, a year after his own return from London in 1968, cast him onto the helm of the business.

The ensuing years witnessed a strategic recalibration and he steered Nishat Textile Mills toward unprecedented growth.

Mansha’s visionary spirit was epitomised by the establishment of Pakistan’s largest textile complex, an ensemble of seven factories in the heart of Faisalabad.

As the new millennium dawned, another textile haven emerged in Chunian, near Lahore, adding yet another illustrious chapter to his career.

Yet, the businessman wasn’t done here.

He acquired MCB Bank and under his guidance, the bank become a titan within the financial landscape.

Mansha, a visionary entrepreneur with a penchant for luxury, soared onto Forbes’ billionaire’s list with a net worth of around £1 billion. 

His garages housed a fleet of luxury cars, while the skies embraced his turboprop plane and eight-seater jet.

Syed Nasir Hussain Schon

5 Pakistani Billionaires you Should Know

Nasir Schon’s foray into the business world commenced with the establishment of the Schon Group.

His ventures span real estate, textiles, information technology, and financial services, among others.

This multi-faceted approach underscores Schon’s ability to identify and seize opportunities in sectors critical to Pakistan’s economic growth.

Among his standout accomplishments is the iconic Schon Circle project in Karachi.

A testament to his visionary urban planning, this landmark development not only reshaped the city’s skyline but also set new benchmarks for modern living and sustainable design. 

A crowning achievement within Schon’s portfolio is the monumental iSuites project.

A joint venture between Schon Properties and Al Hamad Group of Companies, this £680 million endeavor aims to develop 2,550 luxurious hotel apartments at Dubai Investment Park.

The visionary iSuites complex encompasses 21 buildings, 52 restaurants and cafes, and a sprawling 125,000 square feet shopping oasis known as the Laguna Centrale Mall. 

A trailblazer in his own right, Nasir Schon has garnered recognition through accolades and his impressive wealth which is over £1 billion.

The CNBC Arabian Property Awards of 2009 crowned Schon Properties as winners.

Schon Business Park also secured the prestigious Best Office Development Award.

Nasir Schon’s narrative is one of ambition, innovation, and a resolute commitment to shaping the future, making him one of the most inspiring Pakistani billionaires.

These extraordinary Pakistani billionaires have rewritten the narrative of what is possible for entrepreneurs originating from the land of the green and white.

Through sheer grit, innovative thinking, and a global perspective, they have not only amassed immense wealth but also served as catalysts for change.

Their businesses are driving economic growth, creating jobs, and leaving an enduring legacy of success.

So, let their journeys inspire us to dream bigger, reach higher, and, like these magnates, leave an imprint on the world that is truly extraordinary.

Balraj is a spirited Creative Writing MA graduate. He loves open discussions and his passions are fitness, music, fashion, and poetry. One of his favourite quotes is “One day or day one. You decide.”

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