2003 to 2004

2003
Awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I by the Roman Catholic Sacred Military Constantian Order of Saint George.
Acquired the UK’s Cresent Pharma.
Fined and handed a 15 month suspended sentence by a French court for being an accessory to fraud in the purchase of Ertoil by Elf Aquitaine – a conviction that Nadhmi Auchi continues to appeal against today.

2004
Knighted by His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester.
Awarded with the Order of Merit, First Grade by the President of Lebanon.
Operated and sponsored Team Lebanon competing in the newly founded A1 Grand Prix motor racing series.
Arabic News Broadcast (ANB), a free to air satellite TV station covering the Middle East and North Africa launched.
A controlling interest in the Dunes country club in Amman, Jordan acquired.