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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All you need to know about Janet Jackson’s estranged husband


 

Fifty-year-old Janet Jackson’s split from 42-year-old ex-husband, Wissam Al Mana, came just three months after she gave birth to their first child together, son Eissa.

While the two have been married since 2012, little is known about Jackson’s notoriously private husband.

Here are seven things to know about Jackson’s estranged husband:

• He’s a brilliant businessman. Al Mana currently serves as the executive director of Al Mana Group - a Qatar-based conglomerate founded by his late father. The company deals in automotive distribution and services, real estate and investments, retail, food and beverage, engineering, technology, media and entertainment across the Perisan Gulf region. Some big-name brands the group operates include Infiniti, Nissan, as well as luxury brands Hermes, Chloe, Giuseppe Zanotti, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani and Dior Homme.

• He loves fashion. Apart from his interest in luxury brands, his and Jackson’s rare public outings together during their marriage would almost always be at fashion events.

• He works hard. Al Mana once told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia that he started working at age 14 after applying to every fashion boutique on King’s Road in London.

• He’s heavily influenced by his father’s legacy. Al Mana definitely has a great respect for his father, the late Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana, whom he credits with teaching him and his two older brothers “great values.”

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• He values his privacy. "I don’t have Facebook, I don’t have Twitter," he told Entrepreneur Middle East in a rare interview in 2014. “I’m a very, very private person! I don’t like to pry into people’s business.” “I spend time with my wife. It’s a luxury. We love travelling… we love going to nice, exotic places far away from the world and from prying eyes,” he added.

• He prides himself on being “cross-cultured.” He says, “I spend a lot of time in the West, and my brothers have too,” he said. “I think that’s actually a key to our success. The fact that we have this cross-cultured approach, we’ve managed to understand cultures across West-East. It’s an advantage to us.” “There’s so many factors involved in being a good businessman — ethics, honesty,” he added. “It’s a huge responsibility.”

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• He once called Jackson his 'dream woman.' In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in November 2011, Al Mana gushed about his then-girlfriend. “I’m fortunate enough to be dating my dream woman,” he said. And the love was mutual. "We have a deep bond, a deep connection,” Jackson said of Al Mana.

Sources: People, MSN