Onsi Sawiris is an enterprising and immensely successful Egyptian business tycoon. The Sawaris family is amongst the wealthiest families in Egypt. The Orascom conglomerate was established and founded by Onsi. Onsi himself has retired and his three sons now run the various science and technology, construction, tourism, telecommunication and industry companies of the Orascom conglomerate.
Onsi was born on the 14th of August, 1930. He is the patriarchal head of the Sawaris family.
During his early business career, Onsi was disillusioned with the socialist government run by the then President of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser. This disillusionment prohibited him from departing the country for a period of 6 years in the 1960’s. He stayed in Libya for a few years and returned to Egypt when the following president Anwar Sadat adopted a more liberal business policy.