Nabil Karoui

Tunisian businessman and politician

Nabil Karoui, (born 1 August 1963) is a Tunisian businessman and politician. Karoui is CEO of Karoui & Karoui World and owner of the Tunisian television station Nessma. He is known as the "Tunisian Berlusconi".[1]

Nabil Karoui
نبيل القروي
Karoui in 2009
Personal details
Born (1963-08-01) 1 August 1963 (age 58)
Bizerte, Tunisia
Political partyHeart of Tunisia (from 2019)
Other political
Nidaa Tounes (2012–2017)
Independent (2017–2019)
Alma materAix-Marseille University
ProfessionBusinessman, politician

Karoui unsuccessfully ran for President in the 2019 election.[2]

Karoui was charged with money laundering in July 2019.[3] He was arrested on August 23, 2019 following a warrant by the Tunis Court of Appeal.[4]

Karoui received 525,517 votes in the first round of the 2019 election, coming in second place and moved on to face professor Kaïs Saïed in the second round.[5] He lost the run-off to Saïed on 13 October 2019.

In 29 August 2021 the Algerian authorities arrested Nabil Karoui in Tébessa, near the borders with Tunisia, after he had illegally entered the country.[6] [7]


  1. Mathieu Galtier (25 August 2019). "Tunisie : le favori de la présidentielle arrêté à trois semaines du scrutin". (in French). Retrieved 28 August 2019..
  2. "Tunisie : le parti du candidat arrêté accuse le Premier ministre". (in French). 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019..
  3. "Nabil Karoui inculpé en Tunisie". (in French). 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019..
  4. "En Tunisie, l'arrestation du candidat Nabil Karoui bouleverse la campagne présidentielle". Le Monde (in French). 23 August 2019. ISSN 0395-2037. Retrieved 24 August 2019..
  5. "Tunisia elections: 'Robocop' and 'Berlusconi' head to second round". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.