Mansour Ojjeh Biography – Mansour Ojjeh Wiki
Mansour Akram Ojjeh was a French Saudi Arabian-born entrepreneur, who owned part of TAG, a Luxembourg-based holding company and a shareholder of McLaren since 1984. Mansour followed in the entrepreneurial footsteps of his father Akram Ojjeh. Born in Syria, Ojjeh Sr won a physical education scholarship in France, where he subsequently married his wife Irene. Akram established his credentials as a businessman and industrialist, involved in areas such as construction, real estate and airlines, dealing mainly between France and Saudi Arabia. He was granted citizenship by the latter country, and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the former. In 1975, he founded TAG Group, an acronym of Techniques d’Avant Garde, as a holding company for his many investments.
Mansour’s passion for motor racing was sparked by a visit to the Monaco Grand Prix in 1978, as a guest of the Saudi royal family – which owned Saudia Airlines, Williams’s sponsor at the time. Ojjeh’s enthusiasm for the sport led to TAG becoming the Williams team’s principal sponsor in 1979. The influx of capital enabled Patrick Head to build competitive machinery and Williams scored its first F1 victory at Silverstone in 1979. Alan Jones then won the World Championship in 1980 and Keke Rosberg following suit in 1982.At the end of 1981 McLaren’s Ron Dennis approached Mansour Ojjeh with the intention of luring him to McLaren as a partner rather than a sponsor. Ojjeh saw the logic in the argument and agreed to invest $5m in a Porsche-built turbo engine. Ojjeh and Dennis established TAG Turbo Engines and in September 1982 announced the new engine. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in early 1983 and raced for the first time at the Dutch GP in August.
In 1984, McLaren-TAG drivers Niki Lauda and Alain Prost dominated the World Championship, scoring 12 wins in 16 races. At the end of the year 1984, Ojjeh became the majority shareholder in McLaren, although the deal was not made public until March 1985.The TAG/McLaren empire grew steadily in the late 1980s as more successes followed with Honda engines and they diversified into TAG Electronics and TAG/McLaren Marketing and McLaren Cars. The main TAG empire continued to expand in many different businesses with investments in agriculture, construction, aviation and even art and antiques.
Mansour studied at the American School in Paris, and then earned a business degree at Menlo College in northern California. He later studied law at the University of Santa Clara, before switching courses and earning a master’s in business administration.
Mansour Ojjeh Age
Mansour Ojjeh was born on 25 September 1952. He died on 6 June 2021. He was 68.
Mansour Ojjeh Wife
Mansour Ojjeh was married to his wife Kathy Mansour Ojjeh. He is survived by his wife Kathy, and their four children, Lana, Lia, Sara and Sultan.
Mansour Ojjeh Daughter – Who is Mansour Ojjeh’s daughter, Sara Ojjeh?
Mansour Ojjeh’s daughter is Sara Ojjeh. She is a philanthropist, consultant, advocate for maternal health, and travel enthusiast, according to her Instagram bio. She graduated from the International School of Geneva. She and her siblings founded the Ojjeh Family Fund and have worked in providing grants in the areas of education, women’s and human rights, and health.
Mansour Ojjeh Family
Mansour Ojjeh is the son of Akram Ojjeh, a Syrian-born Saudi Arabian entrepreneur, and a French mother, Irene. He had three siblings: Karim Ojjeh, Akram Ojjeh Junior, and Aziz Ojjeh.
Mansour Ojjeh Net Worth
Mansour Ojjeh’s net worth is estimated to be $3.2 billion dollars. He was the CEO of TAG, which owns 14.32% of the McLaren Group, assets of which include McLaren Automotive and the McLaren Formula One team since the 1970s and 2000s.
Mansour Ojjeh Death
Mansour Ojjeh died in Geneva on 6 June 2021, at the age of 68, McLaren Racing announced. McLaren tweeted: “It is with deep sadness that McLaren Racing announces the death of Mansour Ojjeh, shareholder of McLaren since 1984. Mr Ojjeh passed away peacefully this morning in Geneva, aged 68, surrounded by his family, to whom the team sends its most heartfelt condolences.”
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said in a statement: “The passing of Mansour Ojjeh has devastated everyone at McLaren Racing. Mansour has been etched into the heart and soul of this team for nearly 40 years and was intrinsic to its success. He was a true racer in every sense. Ultra-competitive, determined, passionate and, above all, perhaps his defining characteristic: sporting. No matter the intensity of the battle, Mansour always put sport first.
“Mansour was a titan of our sport, yet modest, unassuming and disarming to all he encountered. His easy manner, sharp wit and warm humour touched all those who were fortunate to know him.
“His love of this team was palpable for all to see and those of us privileged to work for McLaren will remember Mansour as an impressive yet humble, human, father-figure who showed us at the most individual, personal level how to fight adversity and be resilient.
“He will remain in death what he was in life: a constant inspiration to all of us at McLaren and beyond. Mansour’s legacy is secure. It is woven into this team and perpetual. We race on as he would wish, our resolve stronger than ever, with his memory and legacy forever in our hearts and minds. All at McLaren Racing express their deepest sympathies to his entire family.”
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “I was shocked to hear that our very good friend Mansour has passed away. He was someone with incredible talent, passion and energy and was a giant of our sport. I will miss him greatly and so will the whole F1 community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kathy and their beautiful family who he was utterly dedicated to and who were his real passion in life.”
Former McLaren driver Martin Brundle, now a commentator for Sky Sports, said: “This is terribly sad news. The nicest, most straightforward, and genuine person I’ve ever met in Formula 1. A quality man at every level. Condolences to his wonderful family, and his many many friends, which I’m proud to have been one of.”
Lewis Hamilton tweeted: “I carry a heavy heart into the race after the loss of a close friend, Mansour Ojjeh. He had the biggest heart and always carried the biggest smile. I am so grateful to have known such a man. This man loved unconditionally. Rest in peace brother, love you always.”
Mansour Ojjeh Cause of Death
Mansour Ojjeh’s cause of death was not revealed. In 2013, Mansour underwent a double lung transplant, having suffered with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He recovered to full health in 2014.