What would you do if you had several successful real estate companies, an impressive investment portfolio, and all-round business success?
Many would devote themselves to maintaining and enjoying the success they’ve already reached – but not Mohammad Sheikh Suliman. Instead, he sought out a new challenge and made remarkably quick work of turning it into another success.
Mohammad graduated in Business Administration and Management at Tel Aviv University – the largest university in Israel. It was certainly a well-chosen degree – word has it that Mohammad had already started his first business while still in high school, and by the time he finished his degree, he had founded or co-founded several profitable start-ups.
Rather than remaining satisfied with his career as a real estate entrepreneur, Mohammad decided to begin acting as an angel investor to start-ups from various industries – including healthcare, IT, and real estate.
An ‘angel’ is an investor who provides capital to start-ups and otherwise early-stage ventures that have no chance of receiving money from traditional investors due to still having a long way to go before selling a profitable product or service. Over the years, Mohammad has invested a total of over $7 million into more than 40 companies.
In 2016, Mohammad turned his attention to making one of his long-standing passions into a business: he founded Al Sheikh Horse Stud. Al Sheikh is an equine centre for breeding and welfare of mixed-bloodline Arabian horses.
Arabian horses are an exclusive breed of horse, smaller and more elegant than the common type. The breed was first developed in Arabia around the 7th century CE – hence the name – for practical purposes. Nowadays, though, Arabian horses are bred and kept mostly for their gorgeous appearance and to be entered into championships and shows.
Mohammad is not only in charge of running the stud as a business – he’s also a qualified horse trainer. Given that Al Sheikh has been setting the standards for Arabian horse breeding and leading the industry since practically day one, then, the stud is something of a double success for Mohammad.
On the one hand, it’s a business success – the stud owns twenty stallions and mares, bred from the most coveted bloodlines, which can be seen as highly profitable, long-term investments. On the other, it’s a breeding and training success – the Al Sheikh horses never return from a show or championship without a medal, and it’s usually not bronze.
Mohammad’s horses have won their first silver within a year of Al Sheikh’s foundation. To date, his mares and stallions have collected almost thirty medals – all in under four years of operation. Among their most impressive achievements are world gold championship wins, gold at European championships, and two gold medals at last year’s All Nations Cup in Aachen. Also worth mentioning is the achievement of the stud’s oldest representative, the bay stallion Equator – who achieved the highest score in the Paris World Championship in 2018.