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Samih Darwazah

Samih Darwazah

Sector : Business , Businessmen

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Jordan
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1930
  • Age : 87
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Samih Darwazah "born 1930 - 15 May 2015" was the founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan's largest pharmaceutical businesses. Darwazah was born in Nablus in 1930. One of several children, his family lived in Jaffa, where his father was a merchant, for most of his childhood. In 1948, the Darwazah family left their ancestral home and moved to Jordan.

Born in Nablus and having studied for a masters degree at the American University of Beirut, Darwazah received a masters degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri.

He worked for Eli Lilly from 1964 to 1976, before establishing Hikma Pharmaceuticals in 1978. Between 1995 and 1996 he served as Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources to the Government of Jordan. He also founded the Jordan Trade Association and was a member of the Advisory Economic Council to His Majesty the King of Jordan. In 2007, Darwazah was named the Ernst & Young Middle East Entrepreneur Of The Year. Darwazah was chairman of Capital Bank.

Darwazah founded Hikma in 1978 in Amman, Jordan. With the help of his children, who joined the business in its early days, Hikma grew from a small factory in Jordan into the largest regional supplier of pharmaceuticals in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region.

The company also expanded outside the MENA region, establishing operations in Europe and the US. Today Hikma operates in around 50 countries, selling a broad range of branded generics, generic injectables, non-injectable generics and in-licensed patented products. In 2005, the company floated on the London Stock Exchange and in March 2015 it entered the FTSE 100 index.

He was married to Samira Fadli and have 4 children, May Darwazah, Said Darwazah, Mazen Darwazah and Hana Darwazah, and 11 grandchildren.


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