Wafic Saïd, investor and philanthropist, is the Founder of Said Holdings Limited, a Bermuda based investment company with interests in public equities, fixed income, real estate and private equity.
He began his career in Switzerland as a banker with UBS in 1963. After a brief foray into the restaurant business, Wafic Saïd became involved in the Saudi Arabian construction industry. A Syrian by birth, his knowledge of the Arab world gave him valuable insights. Following more than a decade of success in the construction sector, in 1985 he decided to focus on investment activity.
Wafic Saïd is the Chairman of the Saïd Foundation, an English charity seeking to secure a better future for disadvantaged children and gifted young people from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. It has helped place over 1,000 talented students from the Middle East in higher education. The Foundation has received over £100 million in funding from Wafic Saïd.
He is also the founding Trustee and Benefactor of the Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford's centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance. Further donations in 2019 support the redevelopment of Oxford’s Osney Power Station into a Global Leadership Centre, a new teaching and residential facility for the School’s prestigious executive education programmes.
Wafic Saïd met his wife Rosemary in Geneva when he was working for UBS. They moved to England and married in 1969. The Saïds have two children, Khaled and Rasha, and eight grandchildren.
A recipient of the University of Oxford’s Sheldon Medal, Wafic Saïd is also a Foundation Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. He holds the Grand Commandeur Ordre de Mérite du Cèdre of Lebanon and Ordre de Mérite of Morocco.