Like many corporate dynasties in Arabia, BAB Holding Group has its roots as a family trade.
The Batterjee family brought the first modern medicine to this part of the world—in the 1920s, in the early stages of the state’s emergence, Shaikh Abdul Jalil Batterjee instituted the first national pharmacies.The pharmacy business evolved to become an exclusive distributor for such companies as Glaxo, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb for more than two decades. Later, BAB Holding branched out into hospitals, allied healthcare facilities and curative, promotive and preventive health-oriented businesses. The family has also invested in real estate and has large reserves of asset-backed capital to support future business needs.
Pioneers in healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Batterjee family is one of the prominent families in the Gulf region. Their business started with a pharmacy in Jeddah nearly 100 years ago. Today they are renowned for their business acumen, philanthropic endeavors, energy and vision. The surname Batterjee itself means “one who performs surgery” (i.e. to remove disease and thus save lives), so it is quite fitting that, true to their roots, later generations still maintain their forebears’ focus on wellness.
The Batterjee Group remains to this day the largest family-owned healthcare enterprise in Arabia. Some of their other endeavors include higher education, youth incubation and finance, real estate investments, commercial development, wellness, construction, real estate and facilities management. Notably, this is the only Saudi family that devotes all its energy and efforts exclusively to healthcare—it is their sole focus and passion and is therefore given their undivided attention.
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