Sherkhan Farnood

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Sherkhan Farnood ((1963-08-15)15 August 1963 – (2018-08-24)24 August 2018) was an Afghan banker, Chairman of Kabul Bank until late 2010, which is Afghanistan's largest private financial institution with over 1 million customers. Farnood held 28.16% of the shares in the Kabul Bank.[1] He also owned Pamir Airways, in partnership with Khalilullah Fruzi/Frozi, Mohammed Fahim and possibly others.[2] According to media reports, by November 2010 Da Afghanistan Bank insisted both Farnood and Kabul Bank chief executive Frozi had been removed from bank management;.[3] As of early 2011 both were effectively under house arrest and could not leave the country.[4]

An ethnic Uzbek,[5] Farnood is originally from the northern Kunduz Province of Afghanistan.[6] He studied chemical engineering full-time while simultaneously running a business in Moscow, Russia. During the 1980s and 1990s, he ran a hawala, or an informal money transfer organization in Moscow.[2]

Farnood became a prominent poker player, he took part in the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and won his first bracelet.[7] Prior to his detention, he spent most of his time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he owned a number of villas under his name on Palm Jumeirah.[8][9]

On August 24, 2018, Farnood died in prison at the age of 55, apparently due to natural causes.[10]


  1. ^ "Financials". Kabul Bank. March 31, 2007. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b "In Afghanistan, signs of crony capitalism (p.3)". Andrew Higgins. The Washington Post. February 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  3. ^ Ellis, Eric (2010-11-07). "Why Farnood was flushed out of Kabulbank". Euromoney. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  4. ^ Partlow, Joshua (2011-02-01). "Kabul Bank employees flee to Pakistan amid investigation into lending, officials say". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Afghan businessmen leave for Bonn meet". gulfnews. November 29, 2001. Retrieved 2011-07-16. I am born Uzbek, but I speak Tajik, Hazara and Pashto. I am married to a Pashtun. My mother is a Tajik. It is better you don't ask me about my tribal affiliations, because I am an Afghan. 
  6. ^ Afghan Biographies: Farnood, Sherkhan Shirkhan Farnud
  7. ^ "Sherkhan Farnood". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  8. ^ "In Afghanistan, signs of crony capitalism (p.2)". Andrew Higgins. The Washington Post. February 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  9. ^ "US Cuts Aid After Millions Siphoned Off to Dubai". Susanne Koelbl. Spiegel. July 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
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