Qatar's royal family: luxury's silent investor
The Qatari ruling family has become a major luxury player. © Studio Pachamama

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Qatar's royal family: luxury's silent investor

Through Luxembourg trusts, Qatar's royal family has become a major player in the luxury sector. From fashion heavyweight Valentino to five-star hotel chain Maybourne, the Al Thani dynasty has bought up one prestigious brand after the other, but the family goes to great lengths to ensure it is never identified as the ultimate beneficiary.

Qatar's royal family: luxury's silent investor
The Qatari ruling family has become a major luxury player. © Studio Pachamama

Qatar, United Kingdom
Hotel hostilities: former Qatari prime minister sued in Paris for unpaid fees

The gruelling legal battle initiated in the US and UK between Qatar's former PM Hamad bin Jassem and Irish hotel magnate Patrick McKillen will see a third instalment in Paris next month. McKillen claims his former business partner owes him fees for the construction of a hotel in the French capital.

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Front Row | Qatar
Sheikha Moza, invisible luxury royalty

The emir of Qatar's mother is more open about her philanthropy work than her role in the fashion and luxury businesses. But Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned has been pulling the strings behind every investment Doha's ruling family has made in those sectors over the past decade.

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, the Emir of Qatar's mother.
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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, the Emir of Qatar's mother.

Spotlight | Qatar, United States
Former Qatar PM works to grow ultra-luxury hotel empire in the US

After establishing five-star hotels in France and the United Kingdom, developer Constellation Hotels, owned by former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim, is gearing up to expand in the United States. The group is teaming up with the Arnault family for the ambitious project.

The former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim, known as HBJ.
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The former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim, known as HBJ.

France, Qatar
Former Qatari PM selects Ritz Paris architect for Left Bank luxury hotel project

Construction on a luxury hotel is set to begin soon on Paris's Ilot Saint-Germain, a former government building in the 7th arrondissement acquired by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani's firm Constellation in 2019.

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Spotlight | Qatar, UAE
Abu Dhabi squares off with Qatar in race to buy up luxury brands

Behind the sale of an ailing French haute couture company, announced last week, lies an investment fund that belongs to the emir of Abu Dhabi's closest adviser. Like its Qatari rival Mayhoola, the new Gulf player is using its unlimited budget to build a portfolio of prestigious European brands.

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned and Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, national security adviser to the emir of Abu Dhabi.
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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned and Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, national security adviser to the emir of Abu Dhabi.

France, Qatar
Sheikha Moza's favourite fund pours millions into Balmain to keep it humming

Since its 2016 purchase of the fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain, the Mayhoola fund, sponsored by the Emir of Qatar's mother, has regularly invested tens of millions of euros in the company. But it remains in the red.

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Spotlight | France, Qatar
The Mayhoola fund and its royal backer fight for success with bottomless budget and trips to court

Actively backed by Sheikha Moza, the Emir of Qatar's mother, the Mayhoola for Investments fund is known for highly aggressive methods at odds with the hushed world of fashion. For four years, Mayhoola has been waging a legal campaign against the Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang, accusing her of breaking a promise to sell it Lanvin.

Rachid Mohamed Rachid, chairman of the Qatari fund Mayhoola for Investments, and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, mother of the current Emir of Qatar.
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Rachid Mohamed Rachid, chairman of the Qatari fund Mayhoola for Investments, and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, mother of the current Emir of Qatar.

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