Pakistan is hardly a place one would consider as a financially stable nation. A country that suffers from endless debt issues, a widening trade deficit and dwindling foreign exchange reserves, Pakistan can, in fact, be likened to a poor peasant who dreams of becoming a KING someday. Still, it seems, one can get rich in Pakistan. In spite of much economic distress and deteriorating law and order situation, many businesses are booming. The massive returns earned from such endeavors are the main reason behind the growing trend of individuals taking the plunge from salaried employment to entrepreneurial business.
This entrepreneurial streak is not a recent phenomenon; in fact, much of Pakistan's current economy's foundations were first laid by a few select families who possessed the needed business acumen to take various industries forward. Many of today's top companies are being led by people who, like the first few business families, took the initiative to go the less-tread path of entrepreneurship.
It would be no exaggeration if one were to say that these individuals are â€˜minting money'; the ability to indulge in calculated risk and making right decisions at the right times are what eventually leads such people to success. One has to wonder of the kinds of personal passions these wealthy go-getters have; whether it's a trip around the world or fraternizing with celebrities or other people of notable influence. One thing is for certain; all of them have a passion for the luxury cars. World's fastest cars or most expensive cars, you name it and they want it. After all, nothing describes affluence better than an amazing looking car.
Although these millionaires may already have a line of flashy, modern cars at their disposal, still, there's no harm in finding out which car will be the best match for each, right? So, without further ado, let's have a look at some richest people of Pakistan and the cars that best fit their persona.
Shahid Khan's Net worth: $4.6 Billion
A Pakistani-American businessman, Shahid's Shad' Khan is the owner of automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois. He is also the owner of Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the Fulham F.C of the English Football League Championship. Shad is ranked at number 122 in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and is globally ranked at number 349 among most wealthy people in the world.
Best Match: Lamborghini Veneno (Price: PKR 458,752,500 or $4,500,000)
With only 9 cars made available by the brand, the Lamborghini Veneno is the picture of luxury combined with adventure. It hits a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph) and goes from 0 to 60 mph (96.6 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds. It retains a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces an incredible 750 horsepower. The internal design includes a â€˜G-Meter' with attractive graphics that helps the driver monitor his drive. The Veneno is one of the most expensive cars in the world due to its exclusivity and design.
Mian Muhammad Mansha's Net Worth: $2.6 billion
Marked as the 937th richest man in the world by Forbes 2010, Mian Muhammad Mansha has his name attached to a variety of successful business ventures, including Nishat Group, AdamJee Group and MCB Bank Limited. His establishments greatly benefited from the privatization drive of the 1990s which enabled him to indulge in a number of acquisitions and buy-outs to help expand his business. Currently, he has plans of expanding his operations in Indonesia and the Middle East.
Best Match: Lykan Hypersport (Price: PKR 346,613,000 or $3,400,000)
Manufactured by W Motors in Dubai and dubbed as â€˜a step above ordinary luxury', the Lykan Hypersport is for those looking for class and performance in one package. With only seven cars to be produced initially, the Lykan boasts a 3.8-liter twin turbo flat-six engine with 770 horsepower that can sprint it from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 385 km/h (240 mph's dependent on the gear ratios). It is also one of the only cars to have its supple leather interior stitched with gold along with white gold bordering the car's brilliant LED headlights, thus making it one of the most exclusive super cars of the decade. Recently, the Lykan Hypersport has made its debut in the action thriller, Furious 7.
Asif Ali Zardari's Net Worth: $1.8 billion
When it comes to making it big in business, he's not the one to be messed with. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani politician and former President of Pakistan, ranks as the third richest person of Pakistan, acquiring his total wealth from a variety of sources, including ventures in the agricultural industry, real estate sector as well as businesses in the Middle East, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Best Match: Bugatti Veyron Super Sports (Price: PKR 244,668,000's $2,400,000)
Ranked as one of the fastest street legal cars, the Bugatti Veyron SS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph). The car encloses a longitudinal mid-mounted 8.0 liter quad-turbocharged W12 engine producing over 1,200 horsepower paired to a seven speed DSG sequential transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system, making the Bugatti Veyron a force to be reckoned with. Potentially a good birthday gift for young Bilawal, eh, Mr. Zardari?
P.S: Bugatti has produced and sold last version of SS to a Middle East customer recently. It was displayed alongside the first version of Veyron at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show held last month.
Sir Anwar Pervez, O.B.E's Net Worth: $1.67 billion
Owner of Bestway Group and United Bank Limited, Sir Anwar Pervez has dabbled in a variety of industries including cement, banking and wholesale. His cash & carry business, Bestway, was ranked as the largest independent wholesale group in the UK in 2010. In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) and even received knighthood from the Queen in 1999.
Best Match: Aston Martin One-77 (Price: PKR 188,598,250's $1,850,000)
A car that is characteristically British, the name of the Aston Martin One-77 is a mark of its exclusivity: only 77 units have been produced, one of which is patrolling the posh areas of UAE. With a 7.3-liter, V12 engine under its hood, this car gives a total power of 750 hp while generating a maximum torque of 553 lb-ft, enabling it to jump from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in around 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 320 km/h (220 mph). No doubt, it's tremendously stylish and luxurious.
Nawaz Sharif's Net Worth: $1.4 billion
Currently serving as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif is the Chairman of Pakistan's leading and largest political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Having mostly engaged in ventures related to steel manufacturing, sugar mills and farming, Mr. Nawaz has earned most of his revenues from Ittefaq Group of Industries, which was founded by his father, industrialist Muhammad Sharif. The group has expanded from five mills to 30 businesses which produce steel, sugar, paper and textiles. Its current annual revenues are expected to be nearly $400 million.
Best Match: Zenvo ST1 (Price: PKR 124,882,625's $1,225,000)
The Zenvo ST1 is a super car produced by Zenvo Automotive, which is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 375 km/h (233 mph) using a 6.8 liter V8 Supercharged & turbocharged engine pumping out 1,104 hp (810 kW) at 6,900 rpm with 7-speed F1 paddle shift with auto mode gearbox. The Danish automaker claims that the car can compete among the best in speed and style. Total production of the ST1 was limited to just 15 units, thereby adding to its extreme exclusivity.
Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob & Family' Net Worth: $1 billion
Owner of the ARY Group of Companies, Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob is like our very own Donald Trump; from films to TV to even shopping, ARY has become an integral part of every Pakistani household and has even played a major role in shaping the TV and film industry of the country. With conglomerates in retail, real estate and media, Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob's (deceased) business insight had helped propel his company to greater heights ever since its inception in 1972.
2018 Bentley Mulsanne's (Price PKR 34,206,030's $335,600)
An epitome of luxury and pure elegance, the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne is a 4-door, 5-seat sedan available in two trims; Base and Speed. Both the versions retain a 6.8-liter, 8-cylinder engine with 8 speed automatic transmission but churn out variable output i.e. 505hp for Base and 530hp for Speed.
So, there you have it! A round up of Pakistan's richest boys with their best-matched toys. We could provide only the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), so the above mentioned prices of cars can go really high when imported here in Pakistan. Hope you have enjoyed reading.