Almost 300 employees of Careem will become millionaires, after Uber acquired the Middle Eastern ride-sharing company. 200 of these employees will become Dirham millionaires, whereas almost 75 will become dollar millionaires for their shares reports The National.
All the employees of Careem had stock options and their company shares will be bought as part of the Uber acquisition deal worth $3.1 billion. This transaction will be completed by the first quarter of 2020 and will be divided into $1.4 billion to be paid in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes into Uber stock. Both ride-hailing companies will operate their respective regional services and independent brands. Both companies’ apps will also continue to operate under separate brands.
The 4000 Careem employees who had stock options included its pool of executives, developers, and engineers working across all locations of the ride-hailing companies for operations and R&D. The acquisition of the entire company means that these shares will be acquired by Uber as well creating millionaires.
Some of the Careem executives other than Mudassir Sheikha, Magnus Olsson, and Abdulla Elyas whose net worth will skyrocket after this transaction are likely to include:
- Ankur Shah, Chief Finance and Development Officer
- Fatima Mazhar, Early Stage Markets Director
- Hadeer Shalaby, Co-Founder Taxi El Sa7el acquihired by Careem, now Regional Director of Careem Bus
- Junaid Iqbal, Managing Director for Pakistan and Saudia Arabia
- Ibrahim Manna, Managing Director for Emerging Markets
- Bassel Al Nahlaoui, Managing Director for Gulf
- Madeeha Hassan, Founder of Savaree, acquihired by Careem, now Product Manager of Careem
- Sandeep Shetty, Managing Director & SVP – Ride Hailing Department
The employees who will create wealth are not only the executives and operational team who have been associated with the company since its early days but also those who left after serving for a time period and earned company stock. Startup founders whose companies were acquired by Careem will also gain considerable wealth with this acquisition. However, Careem captains are not part of the transaction.