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Olayan sisters rare face of women power in Saudi business

Children of founder of Olayan Group help to run the company with interests in oilfield services, steel and fast food among others

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Ms Lubna Olayan helps manage 40 closely held companies and joint ventures as well as more than US$4.4 billion in publicly traded Saudi equities, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

London

IN HER Saudi Arabia homeland, Lubna Olayan can't drive, show her hair in public or leave the country without her husband's permission. She can, however, run one of the nation's biggest conglomerates.

A former analyst at JP Morgan, Ms Olayan oversees the Middle East

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