Mian Muhammad Mansha

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Mian Muhammad Mansha
Born 1948
Chiniot, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Citizenship Pakistan
Alma mater University of the Punjab
Occupation Businessman
Net worth US$ 1 billion[1] or less;[2] nearly US$ 2.6 billion[3]
Spouse(s) 1
Children 4 children

Mian Muhammad Mansha (Urdu: میاں محمد منشاء‎) is a prominent Pakistani industrialist and entrepreneur with major businesses setup in Pakistan. With decades of success to his credit, he is among the highest tax paying individuals in Pakistan. By 2015, he has paid a total tax of PKR 100 billion, which is a record-breaking public achievement. He is the chairman and CEO of the Nishat Group.

He is the only Pakistani ever selected for a special Lunch with the UK Financial Times.[4][not in citation given] According to Forbes listings in 2010, he was the 937th richest person in the world & no 1 of the Pakistan.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mansha was born in Lahore to a wealthy Chinioti Punjabi family, his privileged upbringing allowed him to enjoy an early business education in University of Punjab. His childhood was spent in Faisalabad from where he also started his career as one of the most prominent industrialist of Pakistan. His textile mill in Faisalabad under the name of Nishat Mills still is one of the biggest textile units in Faisalabad. He formally joined the family business after completing his studies in London. He has balance of worth US$2.5 billion till 2013 [5] Apart from these large acquisitions, he was simultaneously expanding his Nishat Textiles segment, Nishat Textiles is Pakistan's largest fabric mill.[6]

Business growth[edit]

Mansha's conglomerate greatly benefited from the privatization drive of the 1990s. Through this period, he made a number of acquisitions and buy-outs, including engineering at least one hostile takeover. When the dust settled, Mansha had acquired a controlling position in Adamjee Group, the country's largest non-life insurer, and D.G. Khan Cement, previously owned by the Saigol family. While going through these large acquisitions, he was simultaneously expanding his Nishat Textiles segment, Nishat Textiles is Pakistan's largest fabric mill.[6]

But all these achievements, perhaps, play third fiddle to Mansha's master-stroke: the acquisition of one of Pakistan's most profitable banks, MCB Bank Limited. Competing with several other bidders in a privatization process, there were several challenges to overcome, but ultimately he persevered. Under Mansha's watch, MCB Bank has demonstrated execution and growth and which has made it one of the premier financial service management teams in the Indian subcontinent. Today, MCB Bank is one of the top 4 banks in the country and leads in terms of market capitalization with a massive employee base of roughly 18,000.

Mansha has proceeded to venture into new terrain, executing deals with state-owned WAPDA (Water and Power Distribution Authority) to sell excess power capacity generated at Nishat's various power stations. This led to the founding of Nishat Power, which is now a growing business with Mansha's son playing a senior role in the company's executive board.

MCB Bank in 2008 started a partnership with Maybank of Malaysia. Maybank now has a 20% share in MCB Bank.[7]


With $700 million in cash from MCB Bank and another $300 million raised from international markets, Mansha has aspirations of acquiring an established bank in Indonesia and possibly even in the Middle East. MCB Bank already has international operations, and the Mansha group also owns an automobile leasing company in Kazakhstan. Further plans include major infrastructure projects in Pakistan, such as the construction of power plants and sea ports.[8]


In 2004, Mansha's group and his preferred candidate were defeated by a margin of two votes in the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA). Mansha subsequently resigned from APTMA.[9]

D.G. Khan cement, which is part of Mansha's Nishat Group, was once the target of violence by local people living near the factory. The issue was eventually resolved by discussions and increased security around the plant.[10]

Achievements and awards[edit]

Mansha is currently on the board of various prominent institutes in Pakistan and is one of the most powerful and influential people in the country. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz civil award by President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on 23 March 2004.[11] One of Mansha's companies, Nishat Mills Limited, is the largest exporting entity in Pakistan.[12]

In March 2010, Mansha became the first Pakistani ever to make it to the Forbes rich list. Forbes valued Mansha as the World's 937th richest person, with a net worth of $1.0 billion.[1] In 2011, Forbes reported that his net worth fell below $1 billion.[2] In 2015, ABC News Point reported his wealth at "nearly US$ 2.6 billion".[3] Forbes does not list any Pakistanis in its 2016 rankings.[13]

Other businesses[edit]

Mansha owns the domestic charter plane service Pakistan Aviators & Aviation Ltd.[14]

He also owns the Mayfair, London-based St James's Hotel and Club.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The World's Billionaires: #937 Mian Muhammad Mansha". Forbes. 3 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Mian Mohammad Mansha: 2011 Billionaires List: Dropoff". Forbes. 
  3. ^ a b "Top 10 Richest People of Pakistan in 2015". ABC News Point. 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Henny Sender (10 August 2012). "Lunch with the FT: Mian Muhammad Mansha". Financial Times. 
  5. ^ Yoolim Lee and Naween A. Mangi (2 December 2008). "Pakistan's Richest Man Defies Terrorism to Expand Bank Empire". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Dilawar Hussain (15 December 2009). "Nishat Mills to acquire two thermal plants". Dawn. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maybank gets approval for investment in MCB". The Nation. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Two Nishat power plants to start this year". Dawn. 9 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Past Chairmen APTMA". APTMA. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Yoolim Lee; Naween A. Mangi (2 December 2008). "Pakistan's Richest Man Defies Terrorism to Expand Bank Empire". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  11. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/135087/awards-for-civilians-announced, Mian Muhammad Mansha's Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 14 Aug 2003, Retrieved 23 Dec 2016
  12. ^ "Nishat Mills Limited". Jang News. 30 June 1999. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Pakistan's richest man expands bank empire". Business Times. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "The Year's Biggest Luxury Buys". Yahoo! Inc. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2010.