Mohed Altrad

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Mohed Altrad
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Born (1948-03-09) 9 March 1948 (age 70)
Nationality French
Occupation Businessman, rugby chairman, writer
Net worth $2.7 billion

Mohed Altrad is a Syrian-born French billionaire businessman, rugby chairman and writer, born in March 1948 in the desert of Syria. He was born to a very young mother[1] and his Bedouin father gave him away to his grandparents at age four following his mother's death.[2] He was destined to be a shepherd. In 2015, he was named World Entrepreneur of the Year by EY.[3]


Mohed Altrad spent part of his youth in Raqqa, Syria.[4] He did his A levels at 17, he earned an allocation of scholarship and came up with 200 francs in Montpellier, France.[5]


After earning a PhD in computer science at the University of Montpellier, he began working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, from which he left to buy a scaffolding company in France in 1985. This acquisition morphed into the present-day Groupe Altrad (fr), employer of over 7,000 people, and involved in the scaffolding and cement-mixing industries. Altrad remains chairman of his namesake company, as well as the rugby club Montpellier Hérault Rugby.[6] He has also penned three acclaimed novels.[7][8] He is unsure of his day of birth, so he recently "picked a date from a hat" in order to celebrate one.[2]



  • Badawi (Actes Sud), 2002
  • L’hypothèse de Dieu (Actes Sud), 2006
  • La Promesse d’Annah (Actes Sud), 2012


  • Stratégie de groupe (Chotard), 1990.
  • Écouter, Harmoniser, Diriger (Presses de la Cité) 1992.
  • Le management d’un groupe international : vers la pensée multiple (Eska) with Carole Richard, 2008.


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  1. (rus) Его готовили в пастухи, а он тайком сбегал в школу. История сирийского бедуина, ставшего французским миллиардером