Rami Makhlouf

Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf

Rami Makhlouf is a wealthy Syrian businessman and the maternal cousin of President Bashar Assad. He is considered one of the most powerful men in Syria and according to Syrian analysts no foreign company can do business in Syria without his consent and partnership. He is a part of Bashar Assad's inner circle.
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Birthday
10 July 1969
home town
Syria

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South Syria -- A Dangerous Flash Point
Huffington Post - 10 months
South Syria, a region bordering with Jordan and Israel, was the quietest of all Israel’s borders from 1974 until the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. This was in line with the Alawite-oriented regional policy which characterized Syria of the two Assads. Rousing rhetoric about Israel, but not anything which could trigger a full-scale war with Israel, which could ruin the Syrian army and with it, the Alawite community. At the same time, the regime meddled in Lebanon, exactly because it understood the situation there to be an immediate possible challenge to the Alawites in Syria. So far so good, but the Achilles heel of the concept from an Israeli perspective was, that precisely because of the inherent illegitimacy of the minoritarian regime in Syria, it had to rely on Iran as a rainy day final backer, and was afraid to accept the most generous Israeli territorial concessions in the Golan, in order to achieve final peace between the two countries. In fact, the events of 2011 o...
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The Sound of a Missile
CNN - over 4 years
     The ongoing Syria situation has brought the world in to debate. The grand countries are choosing sides, promises are made and threats are fired. Behind the approach of United States, the delicate position of Turkey and the curse of the Assad family, there is a humane scene that is disappearing in vain. This article reflects what we have and what we are losing.     One of the main players in Syria tragedy is United States; decision of an intervention has pushed US in to the lead role. As the acts start to unfold, I believe that the interference should not be military focused. United States working diplomatically with the countries that support Assad’s departure and creating a financial fund to assist the reconstruction of Syria after this period would benefit Syria’s diplomatic advance in the long run. After giving up substantial casualties in Libya during the 1980s and the failure of democratization attempts in the last decade, United States cannot afford another eastern warfar...
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Assad's Cousin Has Citizenship Revoked From Cyprus
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus' government spokesman says Cypriot citizenship that was granted to the Syrian president's cousin two years ago has been revoked. Spokesman Christos Stylianides said Saturday that the decision follows the conclusion of a lengthy probe that ruled revoking Rami Makhlouf's citizenship was justified. Makhlouf is on the European Union's list of Syrians facing sanctions for involvement in the violent repression of Syrian citizens or financially supporting the Syrian regime. The EU froze the assets of and imposed a visa ban on Syrian President Bashar Assad and other members of his regime in May, 2011 because of his crackdown on anti-government protesters. Makhlouf controls the mobile phone network and other lucrative enterprises in Syria and has been the focus of much protester anger in the country.
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Assad appears on state-run TV, says 'time is needed' to win war
Fox News - over 5 years
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that his government forces need time to win the country's civil war, which he says has drawn in regional and international powers. The remarks were a sign Assad's regime may be hunkering down for a drawn out struggle against rebels on a multitude of fronts, including Damascus, the capital and Assad's seat of power, Aleppo, the nation's largest city, and a string of cities and towns across the Arab nation. They also appeared to reinforce Assad's remarks to a visiting Iranian official over the weekend that his regime would continue the fight against the rebels "whatever the price." "We are fighting a regional and global war, so time is needed to win it," he told privately owned Dunya television, which is majority owned by Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Assad and one of Syria's wealthiest men. Assad responded with a hearty laugh when told by the interviewer that rumors about his whereabouts often made the rounds among Syrians. "I am he...
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A tale of two gulfs: the rise and fall of oil prospecting - The Independent
Google News - over 6 years
This action was authorised by President Bashar al-Assad, whose cousin Rami Makhlouf has close ties with the company, and a 5.7 per cent stake – which was frozen last month. The diverging outlooks for Gulf Keystone and Gulfsands underline just how fluid
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Syria through the sniper's sights - GlobalPost
Google News - over 6 years
Al Dunya TV is Syria's only private satellite channel and is majority-owned by President's Assad's first cousin and the country's wealthiest businessman, Rami Makhlouf. In June the station hosted the pro-regime analyst Dr. Taleb Ibrahim, who called on
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Why many Syrians still support Assad - Christian Science Monitor
Google News - over 6 years
That's due at least in part to the fact that relatives and allies of Assad, including his business tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf, still control broad swaths of the economy. “Many businessmen are forces to partner with regime figures such as Rami Makhlouf
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 - Ahram Online
Google News - over 6 years
Rami Makhlouf, the cousin who runs the most lucrative enterprises in the country and has been called "the collector" for the regime, is also a self-described hardliner. Makhlouf announced with cheerful demeanour to the New York Times last spring his
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Why Is Qaddafi Using Syrian TV to Tell the World He's Still in Libya? - The Atlantic Wire
Google News - over 6 years
Arrai also has links with Rami Makhlouf, the Syrian telecommunications tycoon and cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Arrai isn't just conveying Qaddafi's messages. According to the BBC, it's also broadcasting statements by his son Saif
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Syria at this Moment - truthout
Google News - over 6 years
And Rami Makhlouf, the cousin who runs the most lucrative enterprises in the country and has been called the "collector" for the regime, is a self-described hardliner. Makhlouf announced with cheerful demeanor to New York Times last spring his support
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Small Talk: Cupid leads the way after a rocky quarter on the AIM 50 index - The Independent
Google News - over 6 years
With President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown on protesters, Gulfsands was forced to defend itself amid criticism of its links with Mr Assad's cousin, Rami Makhlouf, a major player in the Syrian economy. In a market update, Gulfsands said it was
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Syria: Lies and slurs for those who dare to challenge Ribal and Rifat Assad - Global Arab Network - English News
Google News - over 6 years
Gulf Sands Worldwide not its Syria branch (not Rami Makhlouf who I lobbied to get sanctioned) donated to the Damask Rose Trust, a UK-based charity. Neither of us knew that Makhlouf was a shareholder of Gulf Sands in Syria at the time, but the donation
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US sanctions banks facilitating Syria-N. Korea WMD cooperation - World Tribune
Google News - over 6 years
SyriaTel was identified as being owned by Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Assad and regarded as a leading financier of the regime. "Despite attempts to obscure his controlling interest in Syriatel, Makhlouf has continued to own and run the
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Europeans and US seek sanctions against Syria - Forbes
Google News - over 6 years
The draft resolution calls for an asset freeze against 23 key Syrian figures including Bashar Assad, his younger brother, Maher, who is believed to be in command of much of the current bloody crackdown, and his millionaire cousin, Rami Makhlouf,
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COMPANY SNAPSHOT: Tullow Oil, Glencore, Sound Oil, Condor Resources, Medusa Mining - Proactive Investors UK
Google News - over 6 years
The company added that it has suspended all payments to Rami Makhlouf, who was affected by the sanctions, in May this year and suspended the voting, dividend and transfer rights held by his investment company Al Mashrek. Elsewhere in the markets,
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    Makhlouf was implicated in the leaked 2016 Panama Papers, which detailed his control over Syria's national industries.
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  • 2015
    Age 45
    The Swiss Federal Administrative Court in 2015 rejected an appeal of the block on his use of an undisclosed sum in his Swiss accounts.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In late January 2012, he bought about 15 times as many shares (by value) as he sold, buying and selling of shares, mostly in Qatar National Bank–Syria and Syria International Islamic Bank.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    This search was based on the decision of the Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States dated 27 November 2011, to impose multiple sanctions on Syria, and on and decisions issued by the European Union and the United States involving economic sanctions on Syria.
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    On 16 June 2011, Rami Makhlouf stated that he would "quit the Syrian business scene".
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    United Nations observers at its Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, set up in 2011, have documented "mass arrests by regime forces, leading to the enforced disappearance of large groups of fighting-age men."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 31
    Despite several warnings from the Syrian government not to interfere, Seif began an anticorruption campaign in September 2001 against the way the two GSM mobile phone licenses were awarded, of which one to Maklouf's Syriatel.
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    Seif, a member of parliament and one of the most ardent critics of the Syrian government, became known outside of Syria because of his criticism of the government during the Damascus Spring of 2001.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    By the time Bashar assumed power in 2000, Rami Makhlouf was well established.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    He was born on 10 July 1969.
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