Nemir Kirdar

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Nemir A. Kirdar
Born Kirkuk, Iraq
Occupation Investcorp, Chairman and CEO
Spouse(s) Nada Kirdar
Children Rena Kirdar Sindi, Serra Kirdar

Nemir A. Kirdar is a Turkish descent Iraqi businessman and financier, he is the executive chairman & CEO of Investcorp, a private equity investment group operating out of New York, London and Bahrain. Kirdar currently lives in London.


Kirdar began his banking career in New York in 1969. Following two years of credit training, he worked in South East Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International. In 1974 he joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, as vice president. Between the years of 1976 and 1981, Kirdar served in the Persian Gulf to oversee and direct Chase’s banking network in the region.

In 1982, he founded Investcorp, a firm which specialises in offering global investments. These include private equity, hedge funds, real estate, technology investments and Persian Gulf growth capital.

Early life[edit]

Kirdar was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, to a family prominent in the politics of the late Ottoman Empire and interwar Iraq. After a military coup overthrew the monarchy in 1958, Kirdar went to the United States to study, and later returning to Iraq in 1960. He reportedly escaped from Iraq in 1958 by hiding in a rolled-up carpet in the back of a truck.[1] Soon after the Baathist coup, which produced the regime of Saddam Hussein, Kirdar left the country again.[2]

Kirdar graduated from the University of the Pacific in California in economics and holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York. In addition, he also completed Harvard Business School’s senior management programme.

Academic Awards[edit]

Kirdar has received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Fordham University of New York, Georgetown University in Washington DC; in laws from the University of the Pacific, California; and in economics from Richmond, The American International University in London.[3]


Kirdar is worth over a billion dollars.[4]

Kirdar ranked 206 in the British Rich List 2005.[5] He also ranked #26 on the world's most influential Arabs 2009 list.[6]


Further Reading[edit]

Kirdar, Nemir (2013). Need Respect Trust: A Memoir. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 9780297868583.