Who Is Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi, Nadhim Zahawi’s Father?

Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi

Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi, a British-Iraqi businessman who is best known as the father of Nadhim Zahawi who served in various ministerial positions under prime ministers Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, and Rishi Sunak from 2018 to 2023.

Hareth Nadhim has established the Al-Zahawi Group, which after the United States invasion of 2003 obtained a lucrative contract to provide logistics, cleaning and support services to the new US-led interim government.

Now known as IPBD (“Iraq Project and Business Development”), its interests have expanded to cover steel manufacturing and property development, and generally “supporting the reconstruction effort”. He is also a director of Balshore Investments Ltd, Gibraltar.

Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi Biography

Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi was born in a prominent kurdish family from Baghdad. His father was Nadhim al-Zahawi, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq from 1959 to 1960, and Minister of Trade.

When Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi’s son, Nadhim Zahawi was eleven years old during Saddam Hussein’s rise to power, he and his family fled to the UK. Nadhim began his schooling at Holland Park School and then transferred to Ibstock Place School, King’s College School, an independent school in Wimbledon, London, and finally University College London where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1988.

How old is Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi?

Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi age is 81 years old, as of 2024. He was born in 1942 in Baghdad, Iraqi Republic. He is married with Mrs. Nadhim Al Zahawi. His daughter-in-law is Lana Saib and has three grandchildren as well.

Lesser known facts about Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi

  • Hareth Nadhim Al Zahawi’s son, Nadhim Zahawi became Member of Parliament (MP) for Stratford-on-Avon in 2010.
  • He became a non-executive director of SThree, in 2008.
  • He joined Gulf Keystone Petroleum, in 2015.
  • The Guardian was told Zahawi agreed to pay a penalty to HMRC in relation to his tax affairs, in Jan 2023.
  • Shares quickly rose to £5 following flotation at £3.30 and the Financial Times claimed that two investment banks had warned that it was underpriced.