Former Kuwait National Assembly Speaker and billionaire businessman Jassim Al-Kharafi has passed away yesterday aged 75.
Kuwaiti media said that he had suffered a heart attack while flying home from a private visit to Turkey.
Mr. Al-Kharafi was a veteran statesman who contributed towards the development of Kuwait in both the political and economic domains.
He was elected to the National Assembly nine times from 1975 till 2009. Mr. Al-Kharafi was minister of finance from 1985 to 1986, and speaker of the house from 1999 till 2011.
He was born in 1940 in Kuwait City in an eminent merchant family. He is the son of Mohammad Abdul Mohsen Al-Kharafi, the founder of the Kharafi Group. He is survived by six children.