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Fred Mouawad biography: 13 things about businessman from Zgharta, Lebanon

Fred Mouawad (فريد معوض) is a Lebanese businessman. Hailing from Zgharta, Lebanon, he is a member of the fourth generation of the Mouawad family, which owns and runs the Mouawad company.

Founded in Beirut, Lebanon in 1891 by David Mouawad, the Mouawad company makes and sells jewelry, objects of art and luxury watches. Aside from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the company also has headquarters at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and locations in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

Fred Mouawad
Fred Mouawad

From 1977 to 1986, Fred attended Collège du Léman International School in Versoix, Switzerland. In 1990, he graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, USA with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.

Fred has two younger brothers namely Alain Mouawad and Pascal Mouawad. Here are 13 more things about Fred:

  1. In 1994, he graduated from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with a master’s degree in business. In the same year, he founded Synergia One Group.
  2. In 1995, he founded SmartWork Media in New York, USA and Itorama.
  3. In 1996, he founded Global Franchise Architects and Gemkey.
  4. In 1998, he founded G Partners, which is based in Belgium and Thailand.
  5. In 1999, he founded Mondera in New York.
  6. In 2007, he founded Interbuild in Bangkok, Thailand.
  7. In 2010, his father retired so he, Alain and Pascal became the co-guardians of the Mouawad company. In the same year, he became a member of the Young Presidents Organization and he founded Synova Foods.
  8. On February 12, 2012, he founded Taskworld in New York City, New York.
  9. In 2013, Wealth-X named him the eighth richest diamond owner in the world, with a net worth of $1.1 billion.
  10. In 2014, he partnered with Lakshmi Mittal‘s son Atulya Mittal to turn Pizza Corner stores in India into Papa John’s. From 2014 to 2022, he attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California.
  11. In 2019, he attended Columbia Business School in New York City and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
  12. In December 2020, he became the chairman of CI Talks in Bangkok, which he co-founded.
  13. He was 53 years old when he attended the unveiling of the 12th Miss Universe crown, which was crafted by Mouawad, at the TRUE ICON HALL of ICONSIAM in Bangkok on December 19, 2022.
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