Press Release

Mohamed Mansour Releases His Autobiography, ‘Drive To Succeed’

London, 7 December 2023

Our Chairman, Mohamed Mansour, has released his autobiography, ‘Drive to Succeed’, published by Penguin Random House, one of the world’s leading publishing houses.

‘Drive to Succeed’ tells the story of his remarkable life, including how he learned to cope after a car accident left him confined to bed for some three years from the age of 10, and later, his battle against cancer aged just 20 while studying in America.

The book, which Mr Mansour co-wrote with the journalist Andrew Cave,  also tells vividly how Middle Eastern politics evolved during his lifetime. His father’s cotton business was nationalised and the family’s assets were confiscated by the socialist government of then Egyptian President Gamal Nasser in 1964. Decades later, Mr Mansour answered a plea from the Egyptian government in late 2005 to oversee the transport ministry and implement vital reforms to the country’s ailing railway system.

Since stepping down from the ministry in 2009, Mr Mansour has been based in the UK, where his family office, Man Capital, is headquartered. A long-term supporter of the UK Conservative Party, in December 2022 he was appointed the Tories’ Senior Treasurer by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Mr Mansour is considered one of the most influential business leaders to have emerged from the Middle East in the last 50 years. Today he chairs the Mansour Group, a global, $7.5bn-turnover, conglomerate with a presence in over 100 countries and strategic partnerships with some of the world’s most successful brands including General Motors and Caterpillar.

An early investor in future tech giants such as Facebook, Spotify, Uber and Airbnb, he established one of Europe’s leading family offices in 2010, Man Capital, whose most recent transaction involved establishing a new Major League Soccer club in San Diego, California, in a $500m deal in May 2023.

Man Capital is also the second biggest shareholder in Caffe Nero, one of the largest independent coffee chains in the world, and has other investments in education, technology and renewable energy, among other sectors.

“Writing this book was such an interesting and rewarding experience,” said Mr Mansour. “When I embarked on the project, my main aim was to produce something that my beloved grandchildren would find interesting and be able to take lessons from. My life has not been easy – there have been times when I have struggled to overcome adversity and hardship, including some significant health issues and times when I have struggled to make ends meet. Today, as I lead an organisation that employs 60,000 people globally, I still feel a huge responsibility and the pressure is always there to succeed, but I remain motivated and driven, and above all, I love what I do.”

Drive to Succeed is published by Penguin Random House imprint Ebury Press in hardback and costs £25. The book is available to buy on Amazon and in all good bookstores.