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Najib Mikati
نجيب ميقاتي
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Mikati in 2014
Prime Minister of Lebanon
Assumed office
10 September 2021
President Michel Aoun
Himself (Acting)
Deputy Saadeh Al Shami
Preceded by Hassan Diab
In office
13 June 2011 – 15 February 2014
President Michel Suleiman
Deputy Samir Mouqbel
Preceded by Saad Hariri
Succeeded by Tammam Salam
In office
19 April 2005 – 19 July 2005
President Émile Lahoud
Deputy Elias Murr
Preceded by Omar Karami
Succeeded by Fouad Siniora
President of Lebanon
Acting
Assumed office
31 October 2022
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Michel Aoun
Minister of Public Works and Transport
In office
6 December 1998 – 26 October 2004
President Émile Lahoud
Prime Minister
Personal details
Born (1955-11-24) 24 November 1955 (age 68)
Tripoli, Lebanon
Political party Azm Movement
Other political
affiliations
Independent
Relatives Taha Mikati (brother)
Azmi Mikati (nephew)
Alma mater American University of Beirut

Najib Azmi Mikati (Arabic: نجيب عزمي ميقاتي; born 24 November 1955) is a Lebanese politician and businessman, and three-time Prime Minister of Lebanon whose current term began in September 2021. He also serves as the acting President of Lebanon as of October 2022 in his capacity as prime minister. He previously served as Prime Minister from June 2011 to February 2014 and from April to July 2005. He also served as Minister of Public Works and Transport from December 1998 to 2003.

In 2005, he headed an interim government that supervised the general election following the withdrawal of Syrian troops. In 2011, he formed his second government backed by the March 8 alliance, before he resigned in 2013. He was a member of parliament for Tripoli from 2000 to 2005 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2018. In July 2021, he was designated as Prime Minister.

According to Forbes, he is the richest man in Lebanon, with a net worth of $2.5 billion in 2021. He has been subject of multiple corruption accusations, and was charged with illegitimate gains. Mikati was close to the Syrian government and operated several telecom projects in Syria and Lebanon.

Early life and education

Mikati was born on 24 November 1955 and hails from a prominent Sunni Muslim family based in Tripoli. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1980 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. He also attended a summer school program held at Harvard and the French business school INSEAD.

Business career and wealth

Najib Mikati World Economic Forum 2013
Mikati at the World Economic Forum, 2013

In 1979, Najib's older brother Taha Mikati founded Arabian Construction Company (ACC), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, and which became one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East. Najib Mikati co-founded the telecommunications company Investcom with his brother Taha in 1982. He sold the company in June 2006 to South Africa's MTN Group for $5.5 billion.

He is a major shareholder in the South African telecommunications operator MTN, owner of the high-end fashion brand "Façonnable", and investor in transport, gas and oil. He also has investments in real estate, notably in London, New York and Monaco.

He owns the 79m motor yacht Mimtee.

Corruption allegations

In 2019, state prosecutor Ghada Aoun pressed charges against Mikati over illegitimate enrichment via subsidised housing loans.

In October 2021, Mikati was named in the Pandora Papers leak. He denied any wrongdoing.

See also

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