Mian Muhammad Mansha (Urdu: میاں محمد منشاء) is a Pakistani business magnate and billionaire. He is the founder and CEO of the Lahore-based international conglomerate Nishat Group. Mansha and some of his immediate family members are among the richest and highest tax-paying individuals in Pakistan.
In 2017, his name appeared in the Paradise Papers having a link to offshore companies. As of July 2019, he had an estimated net worth of US$3.8 billion according to Wealth-X.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
In the 1930s, Mansha’s family had migrated to Bengal from Punjab. After the 1947 Partition of British India, the family returned to Punjab, Pakistan. Mian Muhammad Mansha’s father started a cotton ginning business which later became the Nishat Textile Mills.
Mansha was born in Faisalabad to a wealthy Chinioti Arain family. He did his early schooling at Sacred Heart Convent, Faisalabad, and later joined Hendon College, London for higher studies in business administration.He started his career as one of the most prominent industrialists of Pakistan. Nishat Textiles Mills was started in 1951 by his father and uncles. His father died one year after he returned from London after finishing his studies there in 1968. Mian Muhammad Mansha joined the family business in 1969 and eventually he split with his uncles and took over the family business. He was worth US$2.5 billion in 2013. Apart from making large acquisitions, he was simultaneously expanding his Nishat Textiles segment. Nishat Textiles Mills is Pakistan’s largest fabric manufacturing mills.
After 1979, Mansha set up Pakistan’s largest textile complex of seven factories in Nishatabad in the city of Faisalabad. In later years, another textile complex followed in Chunian near Lahore.
Mansha’s conglomerate benefited greatly from the privatisation drive by the governments of the 1990s. During this period, he made a number of acquisitions and buy-outs, including engineering at least one hostile takeover. When the dust settled, Mansha had acquired a controlling position in Adamjee Insurance, the country’s largest non-life insurer. Nishat Mills also acquired two thermal power plants near its D. G. Khan Cement Factory located in Dera Ghazi Khan District, Punjab, previously owned by the Saigol family. Business analysts in Pakistan reportedly said that the acquisition of two thermal power plants would ensure uninterrupted power supply to D. G. Khan Cement Factory for the Nishat Group. While going through these large acquisitions, he was simultaneously expanding his Nishat Textiles segment, Nishat Textile Mills is Pakistan’s largest fabric manufacturing company.
But all these achievements, perhaps, play third fiddle to Mansha’s master-stroke: the acquisition of one of Pakistan’s most profitable banks, MCB Bank Limited or better known as Muslim Commercial Bank. Competing with several other bidders in a privatisation process, there were several challenges to overcome, but ultimately he persevered. Under Mansha’s watch, MCB Bank has demonstrated execution and growth and which has made it one of the premier financial service management teams in the Indian subcontinent. Today, MCB Bank is one of the top 4 banks in the country and leads in terms of market capitalisation with a massive employee base of roughly 18,000.
Mansha has proceeded to venture into new terrain, executing deals with state-owned WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) to sell its excess electric power capacity generated at Nishat’s various power stations. This led to the founding of Nishat Power, which is now a growing business with Mansha’s son playing a senior role in the company’s executive board.
MCB Bank, in 2008, started a partnership with Maybank of Malaysia. Maybank now has a 20% share in MCB Bank. In 2009, Mian Muhammad Mansha, chairman of MCB Bank, said that his efforts were successful in continuing to bring foreign investment to Pakistan and that his bank had already brought 970 million U.S. dollars’ investment into the country from Malaysia following a deal with May Bank, Malaysia. He was selected for a special Lunch with the UK Financial Times newspaper. According to Forbes listings in 2010, he was the 937th richest person in the world and the richest person in Pakistan.
With $700 million in cash from MCB Bank and another $300 million raised from international markets, Mansha has aspirations of acquiring an established bank in Indonesia and possibly even in the Middle East. MCB Bank already has international operations, and the Nishat Group also owns an automobile leasing company in Kazakhstan. Further plans include major infrastructure projects in Pakistan, such as the construction of electric power plants based on coal-powered generation of electricity and sea ports.
Achievements and awards
Mansha is currently on the board of various prominent institutes in Pakistan and is one of the most powerful and influential people in the country. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz civil award by President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on 23 March 2004. One of Mansha’s companies, Nishat Textile Mills Limited, is the largest exporting entity in Pakistan. Mansha is also Sheikh and regularly leads Dhikr prayer in evenings.
Mansha is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Atlantic Council.
Mansha was named richest Pakistani in 2008 by Daily Pakistan with net worth of US$2.5 billion equivalent to Rs 200 billion at that time. In March 2010, Mansha was the first Pakistani making it to the Forbes billionaires list.
Mansha owns red E-class Jaguar convertible, three Mercs, a Porsche turbo, a BMW 750, a Range Rover, and a Volkswagen, besides a turboprop plane and an eight-seater jet.