Egyptian businessman, carpet king Mohamed Farid Khamis dies at 80

Ahram Online , Saturday 19 Sep 2020

Egyptian businessman Mohamed Farid Khamis
Egyptian businessman Mohamed Farid Khamis (Photo: Ahram)

Famous Egyptian businessman Mohamed Farid Khamis died on Saturday at the age of 80.

The Egyptian Investors Federation mourned the business tycoon in a statement on Saturday, saying, "Egypt has lost a great patriotic figure, who spent his life serving this nation, loving every bit of its pure soil…the pioneer of Egyptian industry Mohamed Farid Khamis died after a struggle with disease."

Khamis was serving as the head of the Egyptian Investors Federation and the chairman of Oriental Weavers.

Khamis established Oriental Weavers in 1980 and it grew under his leadership to become the largest machine-made rug and carpet manufacturer in the world.

In March, Khamis donated EGP 5 million to the Long Live Egypt Fund to help confront the coronavirus.

Earlier in the same month, on behalf of the Egyptian Investors Federation, Khamis handed over a check worth EGP 20 million to then-Prime Minister Sherif Ismail as an initial payment of EGP 100 million for the development and reconstruction of Sinai.

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