Wissam Al Mana Biography & Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Wissam Al Mana|
Wissam Al Mana
|Spouse(s):||Janet Jackson (Divorced)|
|Net Worth:||$1 Billion|
|Last Updated:||December, 2020|
Wissam Al Mana is Qatari-born retail businessman who became a mainstream media sensation for his relationship and subsequent marriage to American singer and dancer Janet Jackson, the younger sister of pop legend Michael Jackson. Wissam built his incredible wealth as the executive director of Al Mana Retail Group which deals with entertainment, media, tech, engineering, real estate and investments, automotive distribution and services, and food & beverage. Al Mana currently operates more than 300 outlets, and represents brands covering many areas of retail such as jewellery, fashion, home interiors, luxury goods, beauty, and watches. Named as one of the wealthiest retail investors in the Middle East, here’s Wissam Al Mana biography, successful business career, and several other key aspects of his life.
Wissam Al Mana’s Early Life
Wissam Saleh Al Mana was born in Doha, Qatar in the year 1975. He moved to London with the rest of his family members when he was two years old, and experienced his childhood and teenage years there. He has revealed that his upbringing in the United Kingdom is mostly responsible for his early love for style and fashion.
When he was 14 years old, Wissam applied to nearly every fashion store on King’s Road in London. He eventually got himself a job at one of the stores where he only had to work on weekends. Upon completing his secondary studies in London, he left the UK for to the United States where he enrolled in George Washington University for his bachelor’s degree. When he had completed his undergraduate studies, Wissam moved back to London and joined the London School of Economics for an MBA program.
Wissam Al Mana’s Career
After college, Wissam went straight to work for the Al Mana Group, a business that his family owned. The Al Mana Group was established decades ago by his father Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana. Today, Wissam and his brothers Kamal and Hisham now own and control the Al Mana Group. He currently serves as the company’s executive director.
The Al Mana Group owns and controls luxury brands and stores like Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Hermes, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, and a host of others. Al Mana also exclusively operates Renault, Infiniti, Nissan, and National Car Rental in Qatar.
In 2016, Wissam entered into an agreement with the National Basketball Association to open the first physical retailers for National Basketball Association branded products in the Middle East. Armani disclosed that a flagship A/X Exchange will be launched in Villagio Shopping Mall in Qatar.
Outside of retail, the Al Mana Company controls a variety of food and beverage resources in the Middle East including San Pellegrino, McDonald’s, and Haagen-Dazs.
Personal Life & Family
Wissam Al Mana first became very popular around the world when he started a relationship with pop superstar Janet Jackson. Rumors of their romantic association circulated for months, and there was news that they would be getting married as well, although nothing was truly confirmed at that time. In February 2013, Janet Jackson shocked the whole world when she made a revelation that she and the Qatari millionaire who is nine years her junior secretly married in 2012. Prior to their marriage, the duo met in Dubai in 2010 and dated for two years.
In April 2016, Janet and Wissam revealed that they had plans to start a family and the singer even had to postpone her tour. On January 3, 2017, the couple took to the internet to announce the birth of their first child, a son named Eissa. Janet was 50 years old when she bore their first child.
Following the birth of Eissa, Wissam insisted that his wife live according to stern Muslim law, meaning she would not be making public appearances or even leave their house while she was breastfeeding. There were very significant cultural differences between Wissam and Janet, and it became even more pronounced after the birth of their son. In April 2017 Janet revealed that she was divorcing Wissam. She reportedly claimed he was too controlling during her pregnancy, dictated her clothing even before she got pregnant, and even went as far as give instructions on how she should perform at shows and concerts. They came from different worlds and only a handful of people expected the marriage to last.
Al Mana is completely different from the Jackson clan. He rarely grants interviews and likes to keep his life very private. He is also deeply devoted to his religion. When the Al Mana Group opened a food division, he made it clear that the company would not deal with brands that carried alcohol or pork as it is against his religion.
Wissam Al Mana Net Worth
Wissam’s wealth has come from his family’s business, The Al Mana Group which was founded by his father. Wissam currently controls the company along with his two brothers, and earns a big paycheck for leading the company as its executive director. Wissam Al Mana net worth is $1 billion. He is deeply involved with several business ventures under the Al Mana Group, including entertainment, media, tech, engineering, real estate and investments, automotive distribution and services, and food & beverage. Al Mana currently operates more than 300 outlets, and represents brands covering many areas of retail such as jewellery, fashion, home interiors, luxury goods, beauty, and watches.
During his marriage to pop singer Janet Jackson, the couple’s main residence was a luxurious apartment in London near the city’s Chelsea district. Although they have terminated their marriage due to cultural and religious differences, the two combine to cater for their only child, Eissa. Wissam Al Mana is one of the wealthiest and most successful retail investors in the Middle East,