When the news broke of Janet Jackson’s secret marriage to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, the first question on your mind may have been “Who is Wissam Al Mana?” For a wealthy fashion tycoon in a relationship with one of the world’s biggest super stars, Wissam keeps a pretty low profile.
Running the family business with his two brothers, Wissam has built a luxury empire in the middle east. Al Mana Retail represents such high end brands as Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga, and Roberto Cavalli. Al Mana also owns stakes in the Saks Fitfh Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain, and Kuwait, and is opening the flagship A/X Exchange in a Qatar shopping mall. Wissam’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion.
Wissam, who at 37-years-old is nine years Janet’s junior, once told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia he grew up in London and got a job in retail at the age of 14. The rest was history.
In November 2011, Al Mana had this to say to VMAN magazine about his special lady: “I don’t date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me.” Talk about Prince Charming.
What’s even more likable about this guy? His late father is his role model. “My father was a very humble and down to earth man, and was known for being very honest and trustworthy,” Wissam told Bazaar Arabia. “He taught us many great values such as to treat our employees with dignity and respect.”
He also shared with the mag about his dream woman, who just so happens to be Jackson. “I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now,” says Al Mana.