Othman "was born in Betunia, Palestine and immigrated to the United States with his family to Chicago in 1947. ... In 1956, he joined the Harris Bank. In 1978 he resigned as Vice-President and head of the International Money Market Division, the International economic research unit, and the International Currency Advisory Service Unit joined the Saudi Arab Finance Corp. and relocated in Paris and served as the Executive Director. In 1983, Othman returned to Chicago and formed Dearborn Financial Inc. and served as Chairman and CEO. In 1995, he formed Grove Financial Inc., and currently serves as CEO.
"Othman served on the board of directors of Bank One Wisconsin Corp. Dansk International Design, Hartmarx Corp., Harken Energy, Tejas Power Corp. and PathoGenesis Corp.. In addition, he serves on the board of governors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the board of the Middle East Policy Council, Honorary board of the Middle East Center, University of Chicago. He is a past member of the Dean's Council at the Kennedy School of Government."