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Ryan Seacrest has been in the broadcasting industry for over two decades and has held a number of jobs in that field. Probably most popular for hosting the reality talent show American Idol, he also acts as the emcee of several other TV and radio shows, such as On Air with Ryan Seacrest, which airs on iHeart Media’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, and a nationally syndicated Top 40 music show. He is also the co-host of the daytime talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, and he can be seen doing celebrity interviews on E! Live from the Red Carpet and hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve at the end of each year.

In addition to all of his broadcasting duties, Ryan Seacrest also has his own production company aptly called Ryan Seacrest Productions, which produces popular reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset and E! Live from the Red Carpet. His entrepreneurial ventures include inventing a line of skincare with dermatologist Harold Lancer called Polished, and starting a menswear collection called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which is only available at Macy’s. The well-known broadcaster also opened 10 media centers in pediatric hospitals across the nation as a way to support children who are suffering from serious illnesses.

The busy host started his career in broadcasting when he was 16 years old and won an internship with a local radio station in his home state of Georgia. This encouraged him to pursue a full-time position in the industry, so he decided to move to California to advance his talents and attain longevity in the business. According to, when he was brought on as one of the hosts of American Idol, along with comedian Brian Dunkleman, he became a household name because of the high-rated reality show. After Dunkleman left the show, Ryan Seacrest hosted it on his own, and was very adequate at doing the job alone. The show first aired on Fox but is now on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) is also involved with the LA County Museum of Art, where he serves as a member on the board, and he is an honorary member of the Grammy Foundation.


Hussain Sajwani is the founder and current chairman of global company DAMAC Properties. Hussain Sajwani graduated from University of Washington, while there he studied Economics and Industrial Engineering. Hussain Sajwani is listed as the 4th richest Arab on the Forbes 2018 ranking. He has a net worth $4.1 billion.

Hussain Sajwani started his career in 1981 when he started working for the finance department of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries. In 1983, he started a catering service with customers such as Bechtel and the United States military. Today the company is called Global Logistics Services. While he was a student he sold time-share apartments. According to Arabian Business, he would use this experience to create his own company since he realized he could make more money working for himself rather than for someone.

In 2002, he started up DAMAC Properties in Dubai. Currently DAMAC Properties is one of the biggest property development organizations in the Middle East. The company has developed nearly 19,000 apartments since its origin, and has more than 44,000 units in different stages of creation. Several well known DAMAC projects include: A golf course designed by Tiger Woods, luxury apartments with interior by Versace, luxury villas customized by Bugatti, and Paramount Hotels and Resorts. According to the Forbes Middle East, the Paramount Hotel came to life thanks to a partnership with Paramount Pictures. In 2015, the company was publicly-listed and is now traded on the Dubai Financial Market. DAMAC Properties earned the number one spot on the Forbes 2017 Global 2000 list.

Hussain Sajwani has recently won several different awards. In 2017, Sajwani was listed as one of the top 100 most influential Arabs by Gulf Business. At the CEO Middle East Awards 2017 ceremony he was ranked 15th overall on the Hotelier Power 50 and was named Property CEO of the year. At the Arabian Business Real Estate Awards he was named Real Estate Legend.

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