Hassan Jameel

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Hassan Jameel
Hassan Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel

(1980-10-06) 6 October 1980 (age 43)
EducationSophia University
London Business School
TitleVice Chairman and Deputy President, Saudi Arabia, of Abdul Latif Jameel
(m. 2012; div. 2017)
PartnerRihanna (2017–2020)

Hassan Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel[1][2][3] is a Saudi businessman and philanthropist. He is Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Saudi Arabia operations of the family-owned international conglomerate business Abdul Latif Jameel, which, among numerous business operations, has distribution rights to Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia and other countries. His philanthropy work promotes health and safety, and assists job-seekers and those in need in Saudi Arabia.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 6 October 1980 [citation needed], Hassan is the middle son of Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, who has been the chairman and president of the diversified international business Abdul Latif Jameel since 1993.[4][5][6] He is the grandson of Abdul Latif Jameel (1909–1993), who founded the eponymous company in 1945 and acquired distribution rights to Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia in 1955.[7][5][8][9][10]

Jameel spent his early school career in Japan.[6][11] He received a BA in International Economics from Sophia University in Tokyo in 2010.[11][12][13] He subsequently obtained an MBA from the London Business School.[6][14]


In 2004, Jameel trained at the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, in their domestic kaizen department.[6][14]

Following his period at Toyota, he returned to Saudi Arabia to work in the family-owned business Abdul Latif Jameel.[6][14][12] The company is a diversified conglomerate consisting of independent businesses that cover automotive distribution, auto parts manufacturing, financial services, renewable energy, environmental services, land and real estate development, logistics, electronics retailing, and media services.[15][14] It has operations in over a dozen countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Asia Pacific, and Europe.[14][6] It is one of the largest independent distributors of Toyota, Daihatsu, and Lexus vehicles in the world.[14][16][6][17]

Jameel is Deputy President and Vice Chairman of domestic Saudi Arabia operations of Abdul Latif Jameel, with responsibility for operations such as automotive, land and real estate, and machinery.[18][13]

He is on the Global Advisory Board, previously known as the President's Council, of the University of Tokyo.[19][20] He is also on the board of directors of Family Business Council-Gulf, the GCC chapter of the global family business organization Family Business Network.[21][22][23][24]


Jameel is Vice Chairman of Community Jameel, an organization founded in 2003.[25][26][27][14] The organization has a wide range of social and economic initiatives, including refugee education, job creation, poverty alleviation, food and water security, healthcare improvement, and education and training that supports students beyond the classroom.[18][13][27][10][28] It also invests in businesses aimed at helping communities transform themselves.[27][28] Community Jameel also supports artists showcasing their work, and promotes arts and culture.[29][10][28][27] It partners with MIT on global challenges such as health treatment, water and food safety, education for refugees, and poverty elimination, and launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2003.[30][4][31][18] Bab Rizq Jameel Saudi Arabia, a division of Community Jameel, creates job opportunities for, and offers guidance to, young Saudi men and women, and also offers interest-free microfinance loans for entrepreneurship and job creation.[1][32] Jameel is particularly involved in Community Jameel's road safety initiative, which promotes safe driving through education and awareness campaigns.[33][18][12][13]

He is also involved in humanitarian programs with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012 Jameel married Tunisian art critic, art curator, and Sotheby's international contemporary art specialist Lina Lazaar.[34][35][36][37][38] An activist promoter of Middle Eastern art, she founded Jeddah Art Week and co-founded Ibraaz.[37][39][36][40] The marriage ended in divorce in 2017.[34][35]

He was in a relationship with Rihanna from 2017 to 2020.[15][41][42][43] Prior to that he was briefly linked to Naomi Campbell.[15]

Jameel is fluent in Arabic, English, and Japanese.[12][18] He is an art collector and a keen supporter of the arts.[44][6]


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  2. ^ "Community Jameel supports unified Gulf traffic week 2017". CJameel.org. March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Hassan Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel". Aliqtisadi. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Chandler, David L. "New program aims to commercialize innovations in food and water". MIT News. April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Forbes Middle East: The World's Richest Arabs 2016". Forbes Middle East. April 17, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "The President's Council, The University of Tokyo Who's Who". University of Tokyo. 2014. p. 5.
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  8. ^ Day, Emma. "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Rihanna's New Saudi Beau". Emirates Woman. June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Family Firms in the Middle East: The New Rules of Engagement". Wharton School of Business. December 28, 2010.
  10. ^ a b c "Prince charming: what you didn’t know about Rihanna’s alleged new Saudi boyfriend". Arab News. June 29, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Graduate School of Public Policy, Global Advisory Board". University of Tokyo. 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d "Mr. Hassan Jameel Profile". University of Tokyo. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d "Hassan Jameel". Family Business Council-Gulf. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Family Business Network: 25th Global Summit" Archived 2019-02-20 at the Wayback Machine. FBNSummit.org. October 2014.
  15. ^ a b c "Who Is Hassan Jameel? Meet Rihanna’s Billionaire Boyfriend". GQ. November 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 100 World's Most Influential Arabs - Part 1". Gulf Business. Al Bawaba. February 22, 2012.
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  18. ^ a b c d e f "Biographies of UTokyo Global Advisory Board Members". University of Tokyo. November 2018.
  19. ^ "UTokyo Global Advisory Board". University of Tokyo. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "The Twelfth President’s Council Meeting Held". University of Tokyo. December 1, 2016.
  21. ^ "GCC Board of Directors". Family Business Council-Gulf. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  22. ^ "Abdul Latif Jameel hosts a ‘Majlis’ reception for Gulf Family Business Council". Al Bawaba. November 12, 2015.
  23. ^ "GCC family businesses discuss long-term continuity and growth at FBCG Annual Summit". Arab News. April 24, 2017.
  24. ^ "Hassan Jameel: Governance and succession planning crucial in family businesses". Abdul Latif Jameel. April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "MIT Jameel Clinic conference urges use of AI in healthcare". Arab News. 2023-12-25. Retrieved 2024-01-03.
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  27. ^ a b c d Vultaggio, Maria. "Who Is Rihanna's Boyfriend, Hassan Jameel? Drake Made Her ‘Uncomfortable’ At The VMAs". Newsweek. May 3, 2018.
  28. ^ a b c Sampathkumar, Mythili. "Who is Hassan Jameel? Everything we know about Rihanna's new bae". The Independent. June 29, 2017.
  29. ^ "Rihanna has broken up with her boyfriend for a very empowering reason". Glamour UK. May 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT aims to revolutionize disease prevention, detection, and treatment". MIT News. September 17, 2018.
  31. ^ "J-PAL boosts refugee education". Arab News. May 20, 2018.
  32. ^ "Hassan Jameel provokes positive global change". Milestone. December 2018.
  33. ^ "Hassan Jameel introduces 'Your Belt, Your Safety' initiative". Abdul Latif Jameel. March 4, 2017.
  34. ^ a b "Rihanna sparks rumours she’s engaged to billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel". News.com.au. December 9, 2017.
  35. ^ a b Hamad, Marwa. "Hassan Jameel: Fast facts about Rihanna’s partner". Gulf News. May 23, 2018.
  36. ^ a b Khalil, Nadine. "A Radical Specialist". Official Bespoke. December / January 2012.
  37. ^ a b "Sotheby's First-Ever Exhibition in Saudi Arabia Inaugurates 'Jeddah Art Week'". Sotheby's. February 25, 2013.
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  39. ^ Naji, Cassandra. "The 10 Most Influential Women in Middle Eastern Art". The Culture Trip. October 24, 2016.
  40. ^ Proctor, Rebecca Anne. "Meet Lina Lazaar As She Embarkes On The Future Of A Promise". Harper's Bazaar Arabia. July 2, 2018.
  41. ^ Contreras, Cydney. "Rihanna and Hassan Jameel's Latest Date Night Shuts Down All Those Split Rumors". E! News. November 28, 2018.
  42. ^ Bailey, Alyssa. "Rihanna Is Reportedly 'Smitten' With Her Billionaire Boyfriend Hassan Jameel". Elle. November 29, 2018.
  43. ^ "A Complete Timeline of Rihanna and Hassan Jameel’s Romance". Vogue Arabia. July 10, 2018.
  44. ^ Khan, Fouzia. "SR4.7m worth of artwork sold at auction". Arab News. December 9, 2013.

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