Posted: Mon 8th Jun 2015
Mohed Altrad has an extraordinary story. Born in the Syrian desert to a Bedouin tribe he was banned from attending school by his grandmother after his mother died in childbirth. But he taught himself to read, persuaded a teacher to let him into school, won a scholarship to France and secured a PhD.
He then bought a failing company and turned it into the Altrad Group, a construction equipment business which employs 17,000 people and turns over more than $1bn. On Saturday Altrad was named world entrepreneur of the year.
In the video interview below he explains how business owners shouldn't just be focused on making money; they should also look to do good and help people. And when they do make a profit, he says, they should make sure their employees get a share.
Altrad is one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs we've come across in a long time and we highly recommend that you watch the video.