Founded by the late Loutfy Mansour in the 1950s, the Mansour family businesses have successfully upheld its dedication to its strategic global partners during demanding political and economic climates for 65 years.
Loutfy Mansour is an Egyptian landmark. Aside from starting the Mansour empire, he is also much celebrated for his extraordinary character...
Born in 1909 in Egypt, Loutfy Mansour founded and began building the family business empire. He was educated internationally and in 1933 received a BA from St John’s University at Cambridge in Great Britain. After Cambridge, Loutfy Mansour returned to his native Egypt, in 1935-1948 he held various government positions including the Under-Secretary for The Ministry of Agriculture, specialising in the export of Egyptian cotton. In 1948 he resigned from his senior government positions to transfer his expertise to the private sector. In 1952 he created a successful business in cotton trading and Loutfy Mansour and Sons was established. This company quickly became the second largest cotton exporting enterprise and gained international acclaim. Demand from global markets such as the USA, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, United Kingdom, and Europe established Egyptian cotton as a luxury good and the reputation of Egyptian cotton as we it know today.
In 1964 the Egyptian President Nasser and his government nationalised the major industries including cotton due to their socialistic policies and laws. The government totally confiscated the Mansour Family’s businesses and froze their assets. In 1973 the new Egyptian government and President Sadat returned the cotton business and assets to the Mansour Family.
From 1968-1971, due to Loutfy Mansour’s well known international reputation in the cotton industry, the President of Sudan offered him the key position in Sudan to upgrade their cotton trading industry. By the 1970s Loutfy Mansour recognised the international importance of his business and moved to Switzerland to set up an office in Geneva. From his Geneva office his cotton brokerage business flourished with the Sudanese exports as well.
In 1975 Loutfy Mansour’s business character and values of integrity, hard work and confidence inspired him to return to Egypt and branch out in to a new industry, the automotives. The successful and powerful partnership with General Motors was established.
In 1976 Loutfy Mansour passed away leaving his legacy of high character and his business empire to his four sons: Ismail, Youssef, Mohamed, Yasseen and his daughter Rawya.
Ismail Mansour is most remembered for his generosity and kindness. As a very charismatic and confident individual he drove the...
Youssef Mansour believes that the true foundation of his career and what got him ahead in the business world was his...
Mohamed Mansour together with his brothers, has led Mansour Group from one business breakthrough to the next. His core belief is that...
With a firm hand on the future, and the other resting on family values and heritage, Yasseen Mansour strikes the perfect entrepreneurial balance in this...
A woman of many talents, Rawya Mansour is a globally acclaimed Interior Designer, Environmental Activist, and Humanitarian restlessly fighting for...
Youssef Mansour believes that the true foundation of his career and what got him ahead in the business world was his education. He received two degrees from North Carolina State University: the first in Textile Technology and the second in Textile Chemistry, later receiving an MBA from Auburn University. He moved to New York and pursued a career in investment banking, returning to Egypt in 1976.
He deserves sizable credit in giving Mansour the reputation of being the retail kings of local business, stemming from his focus on how to benefit the local economy and bring the best out of it. For him, the process is very simple: bringing in top quality international brands, fully activating the Egyptian economy and providing numerous employment opportunities. He developed this concept further by opening the first local supermarket chain – Metro & Kheir Zaman, which is 100% Egyptian, and has grown to a network of almost 97 branches.
His background justifies his retail brilliance: from 1976 till 1981 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Loutfy Mansour Trading Company, the Chevrolet dealer in Egypt and part of General Motors. As part of the Mansour system of rotating governance amongst its family members, he was next appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive of Mantrac until 1992. He then returned to his initial passion for financial investment and was assigned as Chairman of Mansour Holding Company for Financial Investments from 1992 to date. In 2006 he was also appointed as Chairman of Mansour Automotive Company until the end of 2009. Youssef Mansour is also accredited for being one of the founding members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
Mohamed Mansour is the Founder and Chairman of Mancapital opening the London office in 2010.
Mohamed Mansour was born in Egypt and schooled at Victoria College, graduating at the early age of 15. He continued his education in the United States and at the young age of 19 he achieved a B.S.E. in Engineering at North Carolina State University, class of ’68. Followed by an MBA at Auburn University in 1971 he then was selected to join the faculty and taught at Auburn University’s School of Business.
In 1973 he returned to his native Egypt and joined his father and the family firm Mansour and Sons to serve on the board of directors and join their cotton trading business. In 1975 he focused on the automotive business building the partnership with General Motors which began the profitable growth and is a core industry of the Mansour Group today. Under Mohamed Mansour’s Chairmanship their automotive business grew and today the Mansour Group is the largest distributor of General Motors worldwide.
Within the Mansour Group, Mohamed Mansour is the Chairman of Mantrac, the dealership for Caterpillar. Starting with Egypt, Mahomed Mansour’s leadership grew the partnership to six more African nations as well as Iraq and Russia and is consistently in Caterpillar’s top 10 distributors globally.
Mohamed Mansour served as Chairman of Credit Agricole, Egypt and The Lead Foundation and held a directorship in the Egyptian Stock Exchange, Chairman of the Egypt US Business Council and President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, and served on the global advisory board of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Mohamed Mansour was appointed as the Minister of Transport in the Egyptian Cabinet in 2005. One of Egypt’s largest ministries responsible for five principle sectors: roads and bridges, railways, the metro, river transport, maritime transport and the ports. He resigned in October 2009 to return to the private sector and founded Mancapital in London in early 2010.
Mohamed Mansour has two sons, Mansour Mansour and Loutfy Mansour who is today CEO of Mantrac and Mancapital in London.
With a firm hand on the future, and the other resting on family’s values and heritage, Yasseen Mansour strikes the perfect entrepreneurial balance in this winning business formula. Born into a family of entrepreneurial talent, Yasseen Mansour brought his own unique flair to the Mansour success story.
Starting his career at Mansour Automotive Company in 1986, he has since successfully lead and managed several companies in various sectors, demonstrating a unique ability to grasp and handle the art of business at its very essence, rather than master a single industry or form of management.
He is also the Founder of Manfoods – the owner and operator of the McDonald’s franchise in Egypt.
Yasseen Mansour has been a driving force behind the growth of Palm Hills Developments. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and has guided the company from a single-project entity into a leading real estate player in Egypt.
As a dedicated philanthropist, he is committed to using his business acumen beyond his business endeavors and for the greater good. A co-founder and active member of the Lead Foundation, he is also an active board member of the National Cancer Institute, and Secretary General of the Future Foundation.
Ismail Mansour was the eldest son born in 1944 in Cairo, Egypt. He was schooled at Victoria College, Alexandria from 1950-1963, and continued his education in the United States at University of North Carolina from 1963-1968 where he majored in Business Administration.
In 1969 he returned to the Middle East and went to work for the family business Mansour and Sons focusing on their successful cotton trading business in Sudan. In 1975 he returned to Egypt to serve on the board of directors of the group’s automotive businesses.
Ismail Mansour is most remembered for his generosity and kindness. As a very charismatic and confident individual he drove the success of the Group during its infancy. He has passed away in 1997, and is succeeded by his three sons: Mohamed, Loutfy and Youssef whom are active members of the Mansour Group today.
A woman of many talents, Rawya Mansour is a globally acclaimed Interior Designer, Environmental Activist, and Humanitarian restlessly fighting for the uplifting of all stratifications of society.
Rawya Mansour is a pillar of entrepreneurial innovation and tasteful tact. Bread in a family of exceptional success, Rawya Mansour built upon the Mansour heritage in the fields of Arts and Humanities. Her unique business strategy of social solidarity has proclaimed her a pioneer of social environmental innovation within the Middle East and Africa. A true polymath in her own right, Rawya Mansour is a student of Law and Commerce at the University of Alexandria as well as Art History at Sotheby’s and Christies.
In 1999 Rawya Mansour founded RAMSCO for Refined Architecture and Interior Design. Rawya Mansour’s impeccable talents and unique flair in both the classical and modern interiors have earned her significant global media attention in magazines and books such as House and Gardens from the USA to Russia, Greece, Czech Republic, England, and the Middle East.
After earning her title as a modern-day master of Interior Design Rawya Mansour looked to new mountains as her passion for enriching lives took a new focus towards the underprivileged and the environment of developing countries. In 2007, just before the Egyptian food riots, Rawya Mansour foresaw the need of a drastic change, and took the matter in her own hands by founding RAMSCO for Trade and Distribution. There she developed and tested a groundbreaking holistic approach to organic agro-business within Egypt. This approach looked to developing novel techniques which focused on enhancing national food security, hence halting the wheat subsidies and thereby the surge in food prices whilst combating the environmental degradation threating the world around us.
Upon the success of Rawya Mansour’s pilot projects Rawya founded the RAMSCO Foundation for Sustainable Agricultural Development in 2009. An NGO operating to oversee Rawya Mansour’s self created zero-waste agro-technologies and fore plan the creation of self-sustainable zero-waste eco-villages. In 2012 Rawya Mansour established OASIS (Organic Agriculture for Social International Solidarity) in The Principality of Monaco. OASIS works within the scope of encouraging cooperation of wealthy nations with developing nations through the work of sustainable agriculture infrastructure and employment in order to improve food security and combat poverty and malnutrition for rural development. Rawya Mansour is also a shareholder in ERTEKAA, a joint stock company aimed at ‘the enhancement of integrated services and waste recycling ‘, the company looks to clean up Cairo and has thus far been successful in removing public waste and developing waste systems for three of the cities poorest slums.
Rawya Mansour’s work as a visionary humanitarian and environmental activist as well as successful business woman and interior designer has proclaimed her an honorary member of the Arab Business Women’s Council, 100 Women Who Rose Above Change In the Muslim World, A Hero of the Green Era, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Foundation, a member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, a and member of UNDP’s IDSC.
It was founded by Ms. Rawya Mansour Ramsco Company for Trade and Distribution in 2011. Joint Stock Company
That Plants Organic food & sold at Metro Super Market in all Egypt
Rawya Mansour’s vision and formidable spirit continue to prove that the way forward is through sustainable and social development while protecting the environment through the adaption of the green economy.
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To become a leading internationally recognized brand in the Group’s areas of expertise - clearly differentiated through the core Mansour traditions of operational excellence, investment in people, leading innovations, and uncompromising business integrity.
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