9. Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa | Crown Prince of Bahrain
|Position last year: 10|
|Bio: Big shareholder in the McLaren group.|
A huge influencer in the appearance of the Bahrain GP on the calendar. He is also a major shareholder in the McLaren Group.
Prince Salman established the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program in 1999 to guide Bahrain’s young people into the 21st century. Under the program, the most able high school students from Bah- rain are awarded scholarships to continue their higher education overseas, and return to productively contribute to the development of Bahrain. More than 140 students from across Bahrain’s society have been awarded the scholarship, and have had the opportunity to study abroad, including the UK, US and France.
Prior to assuming the duties of crown prince, Salman was vice-chairman of the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Re- search (BCSR) (1992–1995), undersecretary of defence at the Ministry of Defence (1995–1999), and chairman of the board of trustees of the BCSR (1995–1999).
Salman was sworn in as Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain on 9 March 1999 and held the post of commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force from 22 March 1999 to 6 January 2008.