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The Network of… Sol Kerzner

The Network of… Sol Kerzner

Self-made billionaire Sol Kerzner has just been made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Kipp decided to check out his sphere of influence.

December 15, 2010 2:49 by

Yes, that man again. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum just replaced Sultan bin Sulayem as Dubai World chairman. Sheikh Ahmed now has the not-so-enviable task of heading the troubled company, a business that has worked hard over the past year to restructure $25 billion of debt. Perhaps he has had more joy in his dealings with Kerzner – the pair refer to themselves as “close associates” and their latest joint business project – the One&Only The Palm – opened just weeks ago.

Sheikh Ahmed is best known for his role as chairman of Emirates Airlines—a position he has held since the inception of the airline. In fact he has a career history in aviation, ever since he was appointed to the office of the President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. A holder of a Bachelors Degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, Sheikh Ahmed was honoured for his contribution and achievement in aviation with a fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society at the 1994 Farnborough Air Show in the UK. He is also the Chairman of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority, Dubai Air Wing, Alliance Insurance Company, Le Meridien Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Golf Club, The British University in Dubai, The Dubai Power & Energy Committee, and the UAE National Olympic Committee. All in all, a busy man.

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