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|Born||Munib Rashid al-Masri
1934 (age 79–80)
Nablus, British Mandate for Palestine
|Residence||Nablus, West Bank|
|Alma mater||An-Najah National University
University of Texas at Austin
|Net worth||US$ 5.0 billion (2013)|
Munib Rashid al-Masri (Arabic: منيب المصري), also known as the "Duke of Nablus", "the Godfather", and the "Palestinian Rothschild" (b. 1934), is a Palestinian industrialist, statesman, and patriarch of the al-Masri family, currently serving as chairman of the Edgo Group, a multinational energy and engineering conglomerate, and of PADICO, a holding company which controls thirty-five companies spanning industries as diverse as telecommunications, construction, tourism, energy, banking and other finance, and agriculture. al-Masri is widely described as the world's richest Palestinian, with personal holdings that reportedly account for a third of the Palestinian economy.
One of Yasser Arafat's closest friends and supporters, al-Masri has served as a minister in the cabinets of both the Palestinian National Authority and Jordan, and has on multiple occasions declined both the presidency and the prime ministership of the state of Palestine, although he retains an elected seat in the Palestine Legislative Council. Alongside influential Israeli businessmen like tech mogul Yossi Vardi, al-Masri has forcefully advocated for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, through the Breaking the Impasse initiative.
His wealth is rooted in the oil and gas business, but much of his investments fall under the Edgo Group, his holding company based in London which operates in contracting, industrial development, trading, distribution and representation, project development, operation and maintenance. Masri is also the head of the Padico investment holding group, which controls 35 companies that include telecommunications (such as the Jawal mobile operator), construction, tourism (the Intercontinental Hotel Group), energy, environment, banking, finance and agriculture.
Between 1998-2000 he built a house which he named "Beit Falasteen" or House of Palestine, inspired by Andrea Palladio, near Nablus  He is married to Angela Masri and has four sons, Rabih, Mazen, Omar and Leith, and two daughters Mai Masri and Dina.
In 2012, as part of an effort to persuade the Palestinian and Israeli governments to start peace talks again and take the Arab League’s 2002 Peace Initiative seriously, Masri met with Israeli businessman Rami Levy at Levy’s supermarkets in the West Bank, where the two planned a public-private partnership for peace. Masri explained that he met with Levy because "I want to see peace in Israel and Palestine before I die. And both sides really want peace and can benefit from it. We’ve seen enough suffering by mothers on both sides. It’s time to lead peaceful, safe lives."
As a result, Masri has been singled out by a Palestinian group known as the Boycott National Committee (BNC), due to a number of Levy's supermarkets being located in the West Bank, causing the chain to be branded by the BNC as supporting the "settlement enterprise." The BNC described the meeting as "among the worst kinds of normalization" and asserted that the Arab League's peace proposal had been rejected by Palestinians. The BNC has demanded that the PLO end the meetings between Masri and Levy.
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