List of Arab Americans

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This is a list of Arab Americans. It includes prominent Arab American individuals from various fields, such as business, science, entertainment, sports and fine arts.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Arab American or must have references showing they are Arab American and are notable. Please do not add yourself, non-notable people or fictional characters. Please add citations where appropriate.




  • Carlos Slim, business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and world's richest person. (Mexican born of Lebanese descent)
  • Moose Scheib, founder and CEO of and inventor of the modern day loan modification.
  • Mukhlis R Mukhlis, a businessman and an entrepreneur in addition to his experience in complex Middle Eastern political affairs, he is the CEO of MIG International investments, a U.S based investment firm, president of MIG Strategic Consulting, a group of strategic consulting firms in the US specialized in energy investments, political crisis, and emergency security consulting (U.S born-Iraqi ).[11]
  • Najeeb Halaby, former head of Federal Aviation Administration and CEO of Pan-American Airlines, and father of Queen Noor of Jordan (Syrian father) [12]
  • Steve Jobs, head of Apple, biological father was Syrian[13]
  • Mario Kassar, formerly headed Carolco Pictures [14] (Lebanese)
  • John J. Mack, CEO of investment bank Morgan Stanley (Lebanese parents)[15]
  • Joe Sitt Real Estate developer and founder of Thor Equities (Syrian grandparents)
  • Sam Maloof (Lebanese parents)
  • Musse Olol, Chairman of the Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO), Somali ancestry
  • Maloof family, (The Maloof family is a Lebanese family which owns numerous business properties in the Western United States, majority owners of the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Hotel in Paradise, Nevada, Nevada
  • Sam Moore, the founder and president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest worldwide distributor of the Bible
  • Paul Orfalea, Nicknamed "Kinko", entrepreneur, founder the copy-chain Kinko's. (parents of Lebanese descent)
  • Farouk Shami, founder of Farouk systems, a Houston-based company that manufactures hair care and spa products like CHI hair Irons (Palestinian)
  • Joseph Jacobs, founder of Jacobs Engineering, one of the leading engineering firms in the US (Lebanese)
  • Alec Gores, founder of Gores Group. On the Forbes list of billionaires. (Palestinian)
  • Tom Gores, founder and CEO of Platinum Equity. On the Forbes list of billionaires. (Palestinian)
  • Sam Gores, founder of talent agency Paridigm Agency. On the Forbes list of billionaires.[16] (Palestinian)


  • Jim Avila, correspondent for ABC News "20/20", half Lebanese
  • Jamal Dajani, television producer and Middle East analyst, Palestinian
  • Hala Gorani, CNN International anchor, Syrian[17]
  • Gigi Hadid, television personality and model, half Palestinian descent
  • Ray Hanania, former Chicago City Hall political reporter, columnist. Palestinian-American.
  • Hoda Kotb, TV host and journalist, Egyptian descent
  • Diane Rehm, American public radio talk show host.
  • Anthony Shadid, journalist, Lebanese descent
  • Helen Thomas, journalist, Lebanese







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  1. ^ Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy Biographical Data on Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
  2. ^ staff description.
  3. ^ Elias James Corey – Autobiography
  4. ^ "A CONVERSATION WITH/NAWAL NOUR; A Life Devoted to Stopping The Suffering of Mutilation", The New York Times, Claudia Dreifus, July 11, 2000
  5. ^ [1] "The Lebanese American University honored Michael E. DeBakey..." [2] "His parents were Lebanese immigrants Raheehja DeBakey and Shaker Morris"
  6. ^ "AU Sociology Professor Samih K. Farsoun Dies". The Washington Post. June 14, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Geophysicists – Michel T. Halbouty
  8. ^ Michel T. Halbouty; oilman of legend; 95 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
  9. ^ Michel T. Halbouty
  10. ^ Sheridan, Mary Beth, "Leader Named at Mosque; Falls Church Site Selects Activist," Washington Post, June 11, 2005, accessed November 7, 2009
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  12. ^ US Dept of State – Arab Americans and the 2004 U.S. Elections
  13. ^ "New York Celebrity Gossip, Pictures and Entertainment News – NY Daily News". Daily News. New York. October 17, 2010. 
  14. ^ Lycos Movies – Celebrity – Mario Kassar
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  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ "One to watch". Archived from the original on 2004-09-10. 
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  19. ^ Dick Dale Biography on Yahoo! Music
  20. ^ Dewan[4] "I had a small role as Devi, the daughter of a Sikh-American – I’m half-Lebanese as it is."
  21. ^ [5] "The half-Syrian, half-Lebanese actress..."
  22. ^ [6] "The Lebanese son of a Toledo grocer received a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985."
  23. ^ The Institute for Middle East Understanding (18 October 2010). "Palestinian Americans – Remi Kanazi: Poet and teacher". Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  24. ^ Casey Kasem Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  25. ^ Tiny Tim Biography
  26. ^ GopherCentral Archives
  27. ^ Wentworth Miller on being a racial spy at We’ve moved to – update your bookmarks!
  28. ^ Kathy Najimy – Biography – Official Site –
  29. ^ Noory[7] "One more point of commonality – both Farah and Noory are Lebanese"
  30. ^ BBC – BBC Storyville – Control Room: Jehane Noujaim Interview
  31. ^ "". CNN. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  32. ^ Naomi Shihab Nye ★ Steven Barclay Agency
  33. ^ Shalhoub[8] "Tony Shalhoub, who is Lebanese..."
  34. ^ Danny Thomas Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  35. ^ Zappa[9] "My ancestry is Sicilian, Greek, Arab and French. My mother's mother was French and Sicilian, and her Dad was Italian (from Naples). She was first generation. The Greek-Arab side is from my Dad..."
  36. ^ American Chronicle | An Interview with James Abourezk, the First Arab American to Serve in the U.S. Senate
  37. ^ Hammeke, Joe (2004). "Omar Hassan – The Thrasher Interview". Thrasher Magazine. Retrieved February 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  38. ^ How the Arab Civilization Has Changed Your Life (by Sherri Muzher) – Media Monitors Network
  39. ^ Saudi Aramco World : Calling Helen Thomas
  40. ^ Abboud[10] "Lebanese Abboud was the first designer to win the CFDA award as Best Menswear Designer two years in a row"
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  42. ^ Police: Tampa pilot voiced support for bin Laden January 7, 2002
  43. ^ said Bishara, his last name is Syrian, and his father came to the United States in the first half of the 20th century from that country
  44. ^ Lightner[11] "The press would never print that I was an Arab-American. So, when I started doing live media, I'd bring it up."
  45. ^ "US activist found guilty of not disclosing conviction in fatal Jerusalem bombing". The Guardian. 
  46. ^ "Palestinian activist convicted of immigration fraud in Detroit". Reuters. 

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