Salim Wardeh

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Salim Wardeh
سليم وردة
Born Salim Aziz Wardeh
(1968-10-01) October 1, 1968 (age 47)
Zahle, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese and Australian
Predecessor Tammam Salam
Political party Lebanese Forces
Religion Melkite Catholic
Spouse(s) Nidal Hakim
Children Daughter: Macy Wardeh(1996) Son: Aziz Wardeh(1998)
Parent(s) Aziz Wardeh
Yolande Estephan[1]

Salim Wardeh (Arabic: سليم وردة) (born on October 1, 1968 in Zahle, Lebanon) was the Minister of Culture in Lebanon until June 2011, when he was replaced by Gaby Layoun.[2][3][4][5] Wardeh is a Catholic Christian and is a member of the Lebanese Forces which in turn is a member of the March 14 Alliance. Wardeh is a member of the board of directors of Tell Shiha Hospital. He also holds Australian citizenship.

Business career[edit]

He is the General Manager of Solifed,[6] a family business specializing in making wine that was founded in 1971 but dates back to 1893.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Nidal Hakim and has two children Macy(1996) and Aziz(1998)


He underwent a failed kidnapping attempt in 1977. The kidnappers wanted to ask for ransom from Wardeh's wealthy business family.[9]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Lebanese PM finishes new govt line-up - Politics - Kuwait News Agency 13 June 2011
  5. ^ Now Lebanon, 17 June 2011, Layoun says new cabinet will “confront STL”
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Alternative transliterations used in the media: Warde, Wardy.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tammam Salam
Minister of Culture
09 November 2009 - June 2011 –
Succeeded by
Gabi Lyon