Gilbert Chagoury – Founder
Founder and Chairman of the Chagoury Group, Gilbert Ramez Chagoury was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 8th January 1946. His parents, Ramez and Alice Chagoury were Lebanese immigrants who raised all their children in Nigeria, a country they had both come to love passionately. Gilbert was sent to study at the College des Freres Chretiens in Lebanon and after returning to Nigeria began a promising business career, rising quickly to become Director of Sales for a Nigerian car company.
Gilbert’s commitment to African development was further cemented following his marriage to Rose Marie Chamchoun, the daughter of a successful businessman operating in Niger and Benin. It was this commitment which focussed Gilbert’s development of a business empire, almost entirely based in Africa.
With brother Ronald Chagoury in partnership, the Chagoury industrial and financial empire has grown to encompass a multi-faceted business conglomerate determined to break the myths and perceptions of African developmental limitations.
Gilbert Chagoury’s plans for the future include tying up the best of African industry to the resource needs of China, India and Latin America.
Ronald Chagoury – Founder
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Chagoury Group, Ronald Chagoury was born in Nigeria on 8th January 1949. Ronald’s parents, Ramez and Alice Chagoury had emigrated to Nigeria in the 1940’s where they instantly laid down roots and became fully part of Nigerian society and culture. Growing up steeped in the cultural traditions of two countries, Lebanon and Nigeria, Ronald quickly realised that his adopted country cried out for mechanisms to harness the boundless talents of its peoples.
After studying at the College des Freres Chretiens in Lebanon, Ronald enrolled in business studies at Long Beach University, California. Following graduation, he quickly returned to Nigeria and began to implement the business principles he had so eagerly taken on board in the United States.
With his business knowledge fully attuned, Ronald quickly took oversight of the construction and civil engineering development of the Chagoury Group.
Ronald is married to Berthe, daughter of Blanche and Eduard Awad, and they have two children.