Samih Sawiris

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Samih Sawiris
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Samih Sawiris at the 40. St. Gallen Symposium in May 2010
Executive Chairman and CEO of Orascom Development Holding AG
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Chairman of El Gouna FC
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Board member of FC Luzern
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Personal details
Born (1957-01-28) 28 January 1957 (age 63)
Sohag, Egypt
ResidenceCairo, Egypt
EducationTechnical University of Berlin

Samih Onsi Sawiris (Coptic: ⲥⲁⲙⲏϩ ⲟⲛⲥⲓ ⲥⲉⲩⲏⲣⲟⲥ, Arabic: سميح أنسي ساويرس‎; born in 1957) is an Egyptian-Montenegrin businessman and billionaire [1] and second of three sons of Onsi Sawiris, the other two being Naguib Sawiris and Nassef Sawiris. He is the executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Orascom Development Holding AG.[2] As of 2011 his net worth was estimated at $1.4 billion, making him the 879th richest person in the world.[citation needed]

Samih Sawiris received his Engineering Diploma in Engineering management from the Technical University of Berlin in 1980.[citation needed] He founded National Marine Boat Factory, followed by Orascom Projects for Touristic Development in 1996 and Orascom Hotels and Development in 1998; the latter two companies later merged to form Orascom Development Holding AG. He has served as CEO and chairman of Orascom Development Holding AG since its incorporation.[citation needed]

He became a Montenegrin citizen in 2011.[citation needed] In 2011 he took a 12.5% stake in Swiss football club FC Luzern.[3]

In December 2019, he acquired Thomas Cook Germany through his Raiffeisen Touristik (RT) Group,[4] which he already bought 74.9% of its shares in 2014.[5]


  1. ^ The World's Billionaires: #396 Samih Sawiris. Forbes. March 5, 2008.
  2. ^ "ORASCOM: Management Team". Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  3. ^ Egyptian investor for FCL
  4. ^ "Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris acquires Thomas Cook Germany". Egypt Independent. 6 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Sensation: Samih Sawiris übernimmt 74,9 Prozent der RT/Raiffeisen Touristik Group". (in German). 3 March 2014.