The Islamic faith includes many driven, determined individuals who have succeeded in philanthropy, entertainment, government, and activism. All over the world, prolific Muslims have made a difference and at the same time, a massive fortune to finance their lives and pass down to their children. Whether they’re royal or civilian, male or female, these millionaires and billionaires have created an empire for themselves with luxury items as a reward and charitable organizations so they could give back to the community.
Princess Ameerah Al Taweel – $28 billion
Princess Ameerah Al Taweel of Saudi Arabia was married to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal until their divorce was finalized in 2013. Currently, she’s the Vice Chairperson of Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation and is on the board of trustees at Silatech. As a humanitarian, Princess Ameerah focuses on women’s empowerment, aid relief in Somalia, and the Saudi Volunteering Society.
Dr. Mehmet Oz – $7 million
Dr. Mehmet Oz is the son of Turkish immigrants, whom were originally from Istanbul. The successful television doctor and cardiothoracic surgeon has opened up about his muslim faith to the press; “You know, I’ve struggled a lot with my Muslim identity. As a Turk, growing up in America with one parent from one side of the religious wall and one parent from the other side, and of course America clearly supporting the secular background, I found myself tugged more and more towards the spiritual side of the religion, rather than the legal side of the religion.”
Shaquille O’Neal – $400 million
15-time NBA All-star Shaquille O’Neal was born and raised in the Islamic faith and one day plans to embark on the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. Shaw played in the NBA for 19 years, for a total of 6 different teams, before retiring in 2011. In 2010, the basketball player was asked who he believed was the best center/forward of all time and he answered, “Another Muslim brother, Hakeem Olajuwon.”
Queen Rania of Jordan – $750 million
Queen Rania of Jordan may be one of the richest Muslim women in the world but she’s also one of the most dedicated to human rights and education activism. The Queen consort is married to Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, the current King of Jordan. Rania is co-chair of the Aran Open University and is on the Board of Directors of the International Youth Foundation.
Wissam Al Mana – $1 billion
Wissam Al Mana became a well-known name in Western society after his marriage to pop superstar, Janet Jackson. The couple may be getting divorced now, which was announced after the recent birth of their child, but Al Mana’s billionaire status isn’t going anywhere. Born in Qatar and raised in London, the money mogul made his billion as a business magnate and the executive director of the Al Mana group, which distributes and manages high-profile, valuable name brand products.
Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser – $7 billion
Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser of Qatar is one of the most stylish female rulers in the world and has a heavy influence on her national government. The Sheikha is also the owner of a French leather-goods manufacturer, called Le Tanneur. Mozah Bint Nasser is the second wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s 3 wives.
Mike Tyson – $3 million
In 1995, Mike Tyson converted to Islam while serving a 6 prison sentence. He took the Muslim name ‘Malik Abdul Aziz.’ Following his release from prison, Tyson’s comeback revenue was an estimated $96 million and the heavyweight champion managed to win back one of his title belts. Tyson was inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Shah Rukh Khan – $600 million
Shah Rukh Khan is one of India’s most famous actors, television personalities, and film producers. Over the course of his career, his has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films and has been dubbed with several nicknames like the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’, ‘King of Bollywood,’ and ‘King Khan.’ His most recent, estimated net worth is in the ballpark of $600 million.
Rasha Said – $1.5 billion
Rasha Said is a founder and the CEO of Toucan, a digital platform application for entrepreneurs and business magnates. Rasha is the daughter of billionaire Wafic Said, a Syrian-Saudi Arabian financier and businessman. In 2012, Rasha married Khaled Khawaja in one of the most expensive weddings of the decade, flying in her attendees on private jets and hiring Robbie Williams to sing at the reception.
Najib Mikati – $2.6 billion
Najib Mikati, a business magnate originating from Malaysia, acquired his fortune from his investment and co-ownership of the telecom company, Investcom. In 2006, he sold the company to the South African group, MTNfor a reported $5 billion. Mikati is currently the richest man residing in Lebanon.
Princess Lalla Salma – $2.5 billion
The Princess consort of Morroco, Lalla Salma Bennani, married King Mohammed VI in 2001. She is the first female Morrocan ruler to given an official title and referred to as ‘Her Royal Highness.’ Lalla Salma is a supporter of several cancer associations, as well as the Fez Sacred Music Festival. She is a practicing member of the Sunni Islam faith.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair – $2.7 billion
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is the CEO of the Mashreq Group, the Mashreq Bank, and the Chairman of Al Ghurair Investment LLC. He is one of the top 10 richest Muslims in the world after his 17-year tenure in the banking industry has catapulted his net worth to $2 billion, with his assets equaling a staggering total of $72 billion.
Malala Yousafzai – $3 million
Malala Yousafzai may only be 19 years old but the young and brave activist has become an unexpected millionaire 3 times over. Malala is a co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in education and women’s rights activism after suffering from and overcoming fatal gunshot wounds that left her in temporary, critical condition. It’s been reported that Malala donates a substantial amount of her income to charitable organizations that are focused on improving education.
Irrfan Khan – $50 million
Slumdog Millionaire actor Irrfan Khan is one of the richest Indian, Muslim actors in the world. He’s starred in an eclectic variety of films over the course of his career, most notably Life of Pi, Jurassic World, The Namesake, The Jungle Book, and much more. Khan is also known in the realm of British cinema, aside from Hollywood and Indian/Bollywood productions.
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch – $1.5 billion
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch is a Moroccan businesswoman who inherited her $1.5 billion fortune from her grandfather, Haj Ahmed Benlafkih, a late tea trade manufacturer, and entrepreneur. Salwa is the founder and CEO of the Askal Group, which owns 50% of the Morroco Mall in Africa. Salwa also owns leading franchise clothing brands such as Pull & Bear, Zara, and the Banana Republic.
Imran Khan – $50 million
Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, was a cricketer and philanthropist before entering the national government. Khan had played international cricket for 20 years before retiring in 1992 and choosing to get involved with philanthropic efforts. In 2015, he raised $25 million to build and set up a new hospital in Peshawar.
Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed – $40 billion
Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed is the daughter of the Prime Minister and Vice President of United Arab Emirates. Sheikha Maitha is a taekwondo athlete and a competitive equestrian, as well. She won the silver medal at the women’s over 60 Kilogram karate event in the 2006 Asian Games and participated in the 2008 Olympic Games as a karate competitor.
Sulaiman Al Rajhi – $2.1 billion
Sulaiman Al Rajhi is the current Chairman of the Al-Rajhi bank, the largest Islamic bank in Saudi Arabia. At the moment, he is ranked as the 120th richest person in the world and in 2012, received the King Faisal International Prize for donating half of his entire fortune to charitable national projects. Al Rajhi is also one of Saudi Arabia’s richest non-royals.
Queen Fathima Kulsum – $18 billion (est)
Saudi Arabia’s reigning Queen, Fathima Kulsum Zohar Godabari, is rarely seen in public and only a few photos of the royal have been approved for internet release. Her net worth, which is also the Saudi royal family’s, is estimated to be $18 billion. Queen Fathima and the House of Saud profit largely from oil trade and production, which has been the country’s sole source of income for the last 80 years.
Azim Premji – $16 billion
Azim Premji is called the ‘Czar of the Indian IT Industry’ because of his business skills and as position as Chairman of Wipro Limited, a profitable IT corporation. Premji inherited the company from his late father, who set him up for a massive, lifetime income. The business tycoon is one of the richest men in India and one of the top 10 Muslims in the world, today.
Sultanah Nur Zahirah – $15 billion
The Sultanah of Malaysia, Nur Zahirah, was the 13th queen consort of her home country form 2006 until 2011. With her husband, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, she has 4 children and her social contributions include welfare projects, hospice and is the patron of the first pre-school in Terengganu. The Sultanah is also the Chancellor of the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin.
Syed Mukhtar Al-Bukhari – $1.9 billion
Syed Mukhtar Al-Bukhari made his billions as a business mogul; he has claims on transportation, power generation, property development, and defense material companies, as well as 50% of the Malaysian Mining Company. Each business he created from the ground up, starting out with a monopoly in the rice trade. He is currently the 8th richest Malaysian in the world.
Iman Abdulmajid – $100 million
Widow of David Bowie and former supermodel, Iman Abdulmajid, was born in Somalia, studied in Egypt during her childhood years, and was transported to Kenya, temporarily, following a political uprising in her native country. Iman immigrated to the United States in 1975 after launching her career as a supermodel and today, she’s an in-demand fashion and cosmetics entrepreneur.
Suleiman Kerimov – $7.1 billion
Suleiman Kerimov is a Russian businessman who dreamed of turning himself into a billionaire at a young age. Russia’s ‘richest civil servant’ made his money by investing some serious cash in oil, gas, and a soccer team just before the decline of the Soviet Union. At 50 years old, he’s one of the richest men living in Russia.
Zaha Hadid – $215 million
Zaha Hadid isn’t just one of the richest Muslims in the world, she’s also one of the highest-paid, international architects in practice. Hadid was born in Baghdad, Irag but during her childhood and teenage years studied in England, as well as Switzerland. The Britsih-Iraqi architect is responsible for the design and construction of the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics.
Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser – $15 billion
CEO of Al Waab City Real Estate, Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser, is one of the richest Muslim women in the world, regardless of her royal title. She is a banker, financier, and entrepreneur; the Sheikha is a successful investor and acts as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani Holding. Unlike many other women in the Middle East’s power positions, Hanadi has financial control and supervision in her husband’s development projects.
Mohammed Al Amoudi – $9 billion
Mohammed Al Amoudi owns a series of oil companies in 3 countries – Morocco, Sweden, and West Africa. He made his billions in real estate and construction, alongside his oil investments. at 62 years of age, the Ethiopian Muslim is now one of the richest men in the world residing in Saudi Arabia.
Princess Hajah Majeedah – $20 billion
Princess Hajah Majeedah of Brunei is married to Khairul Khalil, an executive officer in their country’s Prime Minister’s office. Princess Hajah is a billionaire, though, because she is the daughter of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The royal daughter works as a Special Duties Officer at the Environmental Unit at the Ministry of Development.
Camilla Al Fayed – $2 billion
Camilla Al Fayed is the daughter of Egyptian-born business magnate, Mohamed Al-Fayed. The 32 year old currently sits on the British Fashion Council advisory board and is the Chairwoman at Issa London. The billionaire’s daughter recently became her own entreprenuer and opened up a vegan restaurant in London, abandonding her career path as a fashion expert.
Amal Clooney – $121 million
Before she was married to George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin fortified her career as an activist, lawyer, and author. She is famous for representing media moguls and business powerhouses such as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. Amal was born in Lebanon, but migrated to the United Kingdom with her family in the 80’s at the age of 2.