|Preceded by Nizar Baraka|
Spouse Salwa Idrissi
|Name Aziz Akhannouch|
|Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi
Born 1961 Tafraout, Morocco
Political party National Rally of Independents (RNI) 2007-2012 Independent since 2 January 2012
Alma mater Universite de Sherbrooke
Occupation Businessman, Politician
Party National Rally of Independents
Similar People Miloud Chaabi, Othman Benjelloun, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Abdelilah Benkirane, Anas Sefrioui
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane
Net worth 1.45 billion USD (2015)
Education Universite de Sherbrooke
Aziz Akhannouch, l'homme de l'année 2009
Aziz Akhannouch (Berber: ⵄⴰⵣⵉⵣ ⴰⵅⵏⵏⵓⵛ; Arabic: عزيز أخنوش; born 1961 in Tafraout) is a Berber Moroccan businessman and current Minister of Agriculture in Abdelilah Benkirane's cabinet since 2007.
- Aziz Akhannouch, l'homme de l'année 2009
- Early life and education
- United Nations
- Private life
Early life and education
In 1986, Akhannouch graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a management diploma.
He is the CEO of Akwa Group, a Moroccan conglomerate particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.4 billion as of November 2013. Akhannouch inherited Akwa from his father. In 2016, Akhannouch was tied for 28th position on Forbes's annual list of the world's wealthiest Arabs.
From 2003 to 2007, Akhannouch was the president of the Souss-Massa-Drâa regional council. He was a member of the National Rally of Independents Party, before leaving it on 2 January 2012. On 23 August 2013 he was appointed by King Mohammed VI as interim Minister of Finance on an interim basis after Istiqlal ministers resigned from Benkirane's cabinet, a position he kept until 9 October 2013. On 29 October 2016, Akhannouch rejoined the RNI after being elected the president of the party. He took over Salaheddine Mezouar's position, who had resigned.
On 27 July 2016, Akhannouch met with Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change for the United States. In their meeting, Akhannouch and Pershing spoke about preparations for the 2016 United Nations Conference of the Parties.
He is married to Salwa Idrissi, a businesswoman who owns a company active in malls and holds the Moroccan franchises for brands such as Gap, Zara and Galeries Lafayette. The couple have three children.