He is the founder and chairman of Orascom Development Holding (ODH.SW), a Swiss- incorporated company listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SIX). Orascom Development is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations that include hotels, private villas and apartments, and leisure facilities such as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure. Orascom Development’s diversified portfolio of destinations is spread over nine jurisdictions (Switzerland, Egypt, Montenegro, England, Mauritius, Oman, United Arab of Emirates, Jordan and Morocco). The Group currently owns 35 hotels, with 8,135 guestrooms and over 1,000 rooms under development in different countries. The company operates eight destinations; Andermatt in Switzerland, Four in Egypt: El Gouna, Taba Heights, Haram City and Makadi; The Cove in United Arab Emirates and Jebel Sifah and Salalah Beach in Oman.
Sawiris is a major shareholder of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI N.V.) a Dutch-based global producer of natural-gas-based chemicals and engineering and construction contractor with projects and investments across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a significant stake holder in Lafarage (LG.FP), world leader in building material and major player in the cement, aggregates and concrete industries, operating in 64 countries and listed on the Paris stock exchange.
In addition, Sawiris is a member of the Sawiris Foundation, founded in April 2001, with an endowment from the Sawiris family, and dedicated to social development. Sawiris is married and has 5 children.