The Olayan Group, according to the Group's web site, is "a private multinational enterprise comprising 50 companies and affiliated businesses engaged in distribution, manufacturing, services, and investment. In our home market of Saudi Arabia, we operate or actively participate in more than 40 companies, often in partnership with leading multinationals.
"Internationally, we are global investors, with emphasis on both public and private equities and on fixed income securities.
"The Olayan name has long stood for a powerful combination of corporate resolve, entrepreneurship, and an unflagging commitment to growth and value.
"Today, The Olayan Group is both a leading diversified Saudi enterprise and a major participant in the field of global investing."
According to the World Economic Forum, was the Olayan Group was "founded in 1947 by Suliman Saleh Olayan.... The Olayan Group is a multinational enterprise with diversified operations in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf and major financial investments internationally.
"In its home market, the group operates or actively participates in some 40 companies, often in partnership with leading multinationals. It is engaged in distribution, manufacturing, services and investment.
"Internationally, the group has earned a reputation as a leading private investor, with emphasis on both public and private equities and on fixed income securities. The group's outlook is long-term, with a particular focus on growth and value.
"From its beginnings, The Olayan Group has forged business relationships that transcend geographic and cultural barriers. Durable alliances with high-quality partners underpin the group's success as a bridge between peoples and markets.
"The Olayan Group has offices in Riyadh, Al-Khobar, Jeddah, Athens, Vienna, London and New York."