Hussain Sajwani may be one of the world’s top businessmen right now; he started out as a college student on a government scholarship. While studying at the University of Washington, he discovered he had a gift for sales when taking on a job selling timeshares. Upon graduating with degrees in business and industrial engineering, he took a job at a large firm processing contract payments. While not his dream job, he saw that he could make a lot of money by starting a business in the service industry.
He put his savings into starting a catering company that would eventually serve the US Military and others over 150,000 meals per day. With money coming in from this venture, he turned his eye to real estate. Hussain Sajwani’s first venture was a 38 story residential tower that he was able to sell out in less than six weeks. He decided to leave the catering business (which is still in operation today) and went all-in on real estate.
According to Forbes.com, founding DAMAC Properties, he continued to develop properties, hotels and even a golf course designed by Tiger Woods which is now managed by the Trump Organization. Hussain Sajwani specialized in extravagant architecture, opulent décor and over-the-top marketing. At one building, he promised a free Lamborghini with the purchase of an apartment! While he hopes to develop more hotels with the Trump Organization someday, those prospects are on hold while Trump remains President of the United States. He has plenty to keep him busy in the meantime expanding DAMAC Properties into as many parts of the world as he sees profitable.
As a way to give back to his community Hussain Sajwani and the DAMAC foundation sponsored the One Million Arab Coders Initiative in collaboration with the Dubai Future Foundation to provide free software development training to one million Arab youths.
Sajwani is married with four children, one of which is a rising star in business already. While Hussain is not ready to retire anytime soon, it would appear that entrepreneurship runs in the family. View Sajwani’s career history here.