Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
|Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|Deputy Prime Minister
of the United Arab Emirates
10 May 2009
Serving with Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
|President||Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|Prime Minister||Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|Preceded by||Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
|Minister of Presidential Affairs
of the United Arab Emirates
1 November 2004
|President||Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
|Prime Minister||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
November 20, 1970 |
Trucial States (now United Arab Emirates)
|Nationality||United Arab Emirates|
|Spouse(s)||Manal bint Mohammed Al Maktoum
Alia bint Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed
|Cabinet||Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates|
|Father||Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan|
|Mother||Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi|
Mansoor bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (born 20 November 1970), commonly known as Sheikh Mansour, is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, minister of presidential affairs and member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. He is the half brother of the current president of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
He is also the chairman of the ministerial council for services, the Emirates investment authority and the Emirates pacing authority. He sits on the Supreme Petroleum Council and the boards of numerous investment companies including the International Petroleum Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council.
Mansoor also owns stakes in a number of business ventures, including Virgin Galactic and Sky News Arabia. He is also the owner of the privately held Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), a specialist investment company that successfully acquired Manchester City Football Club in September 2008, and which has overseen a significant transformation at the Club since that time, most notably, the club won two top flight champions trophy since 1968, which is also its first ever premier league trophy. On May 21, 2013, Major League Soccer of the United States announced that its second New York City Metropolitan Area club, to be called New York City FC, is planned to start play in the 2015 season, to be majority-owned by Mansoor bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in association with brothers Hal and Hank Steinbrenner.
Early life and education
Mansoor was born in the Abu Dhabi emirate on 20 November 1970, the fifth son of the Emir of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His mother is Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi and he has five full-brothers: Crown Prince Mohammed, Hamdan, Hazza, Tahnoun, and Abdullah. They are known as Bani Fatima or sons of Fatima.
Mansoor attended Santa Barbara Community College as an English student in 1989. He is a graduate of United Arab Emirates University where he received a bachelor's degree in international affairs in 1993.
In 1997, Mansoor bin Zayed was appointed chairman of the presidential office, which his father Zayed II is the first and by-then president of UAE. After the death of his father, he was appointed by his eldest half brother, Khalifa II, as first minister of presidential affairs of the United Arab Emirates, which is the merger of the presidential office and presidential court. He also served in a number of positions in Abu Dhabi to support his brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
He was appointed chairman of the ministerial council for services, which is considered a ministerial entity attached to the Cabinet, comprising a number of ministers heading the services departments. Since 2000 he chaired National Center for Documentation and Research. In 2004 reshuffle, he became minister for presidential affairs. In 2005, he became the deputy chairman of the Abu Dhabi education council (ADEC), chairman of the Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. In 2006, he was named the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department. In 2007, he was appointed chairman of Khalifa bin Zayed Charity Foundation.
Mansoor served as the chairman of First Gulf Bank until 2006, and as a member of the board of trustees of the Zayed charitable and humanitarian foundation. Mansoor has established scholarship programs for U.A.E students to study abroad. He is also chairman of the Emirates horse racing authority (EHRA). On 11 May 2009, he was appointed deputy prime minister, retaining his cabinet post of minister of presidential affairs.
HH Sheikha Sheikha bint Madhad Al Mashghouni
HH Sheikha Ayesha
HH Sheikha Amna bint Salah Al Darmaki
HH Sheikha Fatima Al Muhairi
In 2005, he was appointed as member of Supreme Petroleum Council. In the same year he chaired the board of directors for International Petroleum Investment Company and became the board member of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). In 2007, he was appointed chairman of the Emirates Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of UAE.
Mansoor has a 32% stake in Virgin Galactic after investing $280m in the project through Aabar in July 2009. Aabar also has a 9.1% in Daimler after purchasing the stake for $2.7 billion in March 2009 and it was reported that Aabar wishes to increase its stake to 15% in August 2010. He owns the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (ADMIC) which partnered with British Sky Broadcasting to establish Sky News Arabia – a new Arabic-language news channel headquartered in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Mansoor is an accomplished horse rider and has won a number of endurance racing tournaments held in the Middle East, and is chairman of the Emirates horse racing authority. He is a strong supporter of Arabian horse racing through the Sheik Mansoor global Arabian flat racing festival with races on 5 continents. He is the patron of an annual road running competition in the Abu Dhabi, the Zayed International Half Marathon.
He is also the chairman of the Al Jazira sports company and was a leading figure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s successful bid to host the FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE in both 2009 and 2010. The company owns Al Jazira Club, which plays football, volleyball, handball and basketball. The football club achieved the President’s Cup in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Mansoor has two wives and five children. He married Alia bint Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed in the mid-1990s. They have one son, Zayed. He married Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai women establishment in May 2005. They have four children, two daughters and two sons:
- Fatima (born 9 June 2006)
- Mohammad (born 4 December 2007)
- Hamdan (born 21 June 2011)
- Latifa (born 23 January 2014)
Sheikh Mansoor’s personal wealth is estimated at around $4.9 billion and within an estimated family fortune of $1 trillion.
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