Ayman Hariri

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Ayman Hariri
Born Ayman Rafic Hariri
(1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 40)
Residence Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Lebanese, Saudi, French
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation Co-founder & CEO, Vero
Net worth US$1.33 billion (February 2018)[1]
Spouse(s) married
Children 3
Parent(s) Rafic Hariri
Nazik Hariri
Relatives Fahd Hariri (brother)
Hind Hariri (sister)
Saad Hariri (half-brother)

Ayman Rafic Hariri (born 16 May 1978)[2] is a Lebanese billionaire heir and businessman, the second-youngest son of tycoon Rafic Hariri.

Early life[edit]

Ayman Hariri is the second-youngest son of Rafic Hariri.[1] He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Georgetown University in the US.[1][3]

Career[edit]

He was the deputy CEO and deputy chairman of Saudi Oger, one of the largest construction companies in Saudi Arabia,[1][3] which closed in 2017,[4] allegedly due to mismanagement and corruption.[5]

In 2007, Reuters reported that the French President Jacques Chirac on leaving office would move into an apartment in Paris, opposite the Louvre museum, that would be lent to Chirac and his wife by Ayman Hariri.[6]

As of February 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at US$1.33 billion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, with three children and lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[1]

Controversy[edit]

In late February 2018, Hariri's social media company, Vero, saw a marked increase in usership and scrutiny[7]. This focused especially on Hariri's own association with Saudi Oger at the time of its failure to pay its migrant workers in November 2015.[8] According to a statement to USA Today and Gizmodo[9][10] from Vero, he ceased duties as deputy CEO and deputy chairman of his family's construction company in 2013. However, Gizmodo found references to his still being in those positions as late as February 2016, after the company's offense,[11][12] including in one of Vero's press releases.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ayman Hariri". Forbes. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Ayman Hariri" (in French). BFM TV. Archived from the original on 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. Ayman HARIRI est né le 16 mai 1978. / Ayman Hariri was born on 16 May 1978. 
  3. ^ a b "Executive Profile Ayman Rafic Al-Hariri". Bloomberg. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Struggling construction firm Saudi Oger shuts down - report". gulfbusiness.com. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Saudi Oger Ltd.Angry workers burned vehicles". 
  6. ^ "Chirac to move into Hariri family apartment". Reuters. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "As Vero Blows Up, Backlash Builds Against Social App's 'Shady' Founder". Daily Beast. February 28, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Saudi Oger Ltd.Angry workers burned vehicles". Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Delete Vero? A movement has already started to ax the new social app". USA Today. February 28, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "We Regret to Inform You That Vero Is Bad [Updated]". Gizmodo. February 28, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Impossible Collection: Billionaire Ayman Hariri wants to share his rare DC comic book collection with you". International Business Times. March 30, 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Endurance". Forbes. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "Next-generation social platform provides new opportunities for British fashion designers to connect more meaningfully with their customers". February 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.