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About Talaat Harb Talaat Pasha Harb (25 November 1867 - 23 August 1941) was a leading Egyptian economist and founder of Banque Misr (The Bank of Egypt), and its group of companies, in May 1920.His works The establishment of Banque Misr, the first real Egyptian bank owned by Egyptian shareholders and staffed by Egyptian nationals, where Arabic (the national language) was used in all communications, was a major step in establishing a national economic identity. The idea of establishing Banque Misr first emerged in 1907, when Talaat Harb, the renowned nationalist industrialist, published a book calling for the founding of a national bank with Egyptian financing. He called attention to the idle funds invested by foreigners for purposes other than the interests of Egypt. He continued advocating this call on all occasions, with untiring persistence. In 1911, he published another book titled "The Egyptian Economic Reform and the Nation's Bank Project ", where he explained his economic idea. In recognition of the importance of spreading banking awareness within and outside Egypt, the bank sought to spread its branches all over the country and in several states: Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The bank, under the leadership of Talaat Harb, established a number of companies operating in various sectors, such as: textiles, shipping, publishing, movie making, insurance and the first national airline: Egypt Air. He had many roles in many modern Egyptian economic crisis and incidents like Kom Ombo sugar crisis and like cotton trading. After the declaration of the Republic in Egypt, Talaat Harb was honored by naming several streets and squares in Cairo and other cities after him. His statue adorns Talaat Harb square in downtown Cairo. In 1980, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of Banque Misr, the late President Anwar Sadat, awarded Talaat Harb posthumously the Nile Collar, which is the highest ranking of all Egyptian decorations. It is granted exclusively to kings, heads of state and those who rendered great services on a national or human level in general. He also initiated many economic projects in Saudi Arabia for which he was acknowledged by presenting two pieces of the Kiswa of Kabaa by HM King ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Al-Sa‘ud of Saudi Arabia in 1936. In 2002 the two Kiswa pieces were donated made by his grandchildren to a museum.

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1. Ashraf Al Saad 3544
2. Naguib Sawiris 1582
3. Talaat Harb 1428
4. Youssef Nada 354
5. Alaa Mubarak 305
6. Mohsen Gaber 131
7. Mohamed Al-Fayed 60
8. Ahmed Ezz 54
9. Mohsen Badawi 25
10. Naguib Onsi Sawiris 22

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55. Talaat Harb 1428
56. Aydın Doğan 1419
57. Sérgio Gabrielli 1405
58. John D. Hertz 1270
59. Temel Kotil 1261

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