19. Sultan Ojjeh

sultan ojjeh
Age 29
Occupation Director, McLaren Group
Nationality French
Position Last Year New

McLaren Group has seen a change as Sultan Ojjeh has taken over as the director from his father Mansour Akram Ojjeh.

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Ojjeh Sr has been part of the McLaren Group for over three decades since investing in the British car making company. He is one of the longest-serving shareholders and has helped in the growth of the F1 team as well as the automotive business.

As per the latest documents provided by McLaren Group, Sultan took over as the new director on June 12, 2020, the same date of the termination of Ojjeh Sr. Even though he has Saudi background, the youngster holds French nationality.

The 30-year-old has been working behind the scenes for the last few years and now takes over from his father to lead the company, which is undergoing huge stress due to COVID-19. The Group confirmed lay-offs as raising money is a prime step at hand.

Sky News has written multiple stories with regards to the selling of heritage cars, while news of the minority sale of the F1 team is also being looked at. They approached the UK Government for the injection of cash but all they could offer was their furlough scheme.

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Holding Company, which holds the majority shares, injected cash amid COVID-19 but they need more to survive. As mentioned, all options are being looked at by the board which will see Sultan representing the Ojjeh family.

They hold 14.32 per cent of shares which is the second-largest behind Bahrain, while Michael Latifi has 9.84 per cent. Ojjeh Sr, meanwhile, had left his director post from McLaren Racing back in 2018 which created undue controversy.

Sultan Ojjeh competes in the Pure McLaren GT Series – a prestigious one-make championship for amateur racers to enjoy their first steps in motorsport, in an environment benefiting from full McLaren support.

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