Musa Bin Shamsher

Musa Bin Shamsher
Dr. Moosa Bin Shamsher
Chairman of DATCO Group
In office
1974 (founder) – till date
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born 15 October 1950(1950-10-15)
Faridpur, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Religion Islam

Dr. Moosa Bin Shamsher is a Bangladeshi business mogul who is often credited as the father of the Manpower Export industry in Bangladesh, and has also achieved notoriety for purportedly being a prominent name in the international weapons industry during the 1970s and the 1980s.[1] He is renowned for his largess and his philanthropic activities.[2][3]


Name, birth and ancestry

Prince Moosa, a moniker attributed to him by the media, was born in the town of Faridpur on the 15th of October 1950. His father, Shamsher Ali Mollah, was a prominent local government official during the British Raj; in later life he resigned himself to meditation and preaching.

The family can trace its roots to fourteenth century Sunni religious teachers (ulema) who migrated from Baghdad; family folklore hints at their ancestors being contemporaries of Nizamuddin Auliya.

Dr. Moosa was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics by the California based Pacific Western University.


Dr. Moosa entered into commerce at a very young age, soon after the birth of Bangladesh as a new independent nation. He established the first enterprise of the DATCO[4] conglomerate in 1974, with commodity trading under the auspices of the then socialist government of the Awami League.

Manpower industry

His company worked as one of the first operators to export skilled and unskilled labor from Bangladesh. His rich network of contacts and relationships with key decision makers in the Middle East, including reigning members of royal families, helped establish the DATCO brand as one of the leading companies in Bangladesh's nascent manpower sector.

His company is still noted as one of the premier manpower exporters in the country. DATCO also works with operators in other countries to source skilled and unskilled labor for various parts of the world.

International weapons supply

Dr.Moosa Bin Shamsher is a heavyweight international arms dealer. Numerous Middle Eastern news sources have cited his relationships with highly controversial personalities such as the infamous Armenian weapons dealerSarkis Soghanalian and the Saudi Arabian arms dealerAdnan Khashoggi

DATCO group

DATCO is a world famous international business group. The company deals in international weapon including fighter plane,Inter continental ballistic missile(I.C.B.M),Tanks and other weapons.It also deals in international trading including world standard real estate project in Middle East and Europe,Construction,international contracting,oil business,commodity business. ( To the whole south Asia,material- cotton,fertilizer,wheat,sugar.)The company has huge investment in international brand hotel,hospital,electronic company,chemical company and many share markets all over the world.Datco is a renowned man power exporter company in Asia.It has many different unknown companies all over the world where even the boss does not know the name of the owner.In these companies the left hand does not know the matter of right hand.

Frozen accounts

It has been widely reported since 2009, that Swiss authorities froze bank accounts of his worth seven billion US$, on the pretext of irregular transactions. This led him to engage in a legal battle to realize his frozen money deposited in these banks.

Recently it has been heard that all restrictions on the bank account of the US $7 billion frozen by the banks may be withdrawn by the end of this year. Prince Moosa is considering transferring this huge sum of deposits in the country’s central bank. His personal wealth is said to be US$25 billion.He is the first and only BDT trillionaire in Bangladesh.

Tony Blair

During the UK 1997 general election it was reported that Dr. Moosa offered the Labour Party and Tony Blair ₤5 million as campaign donation. Although the party declined the donation the offer itself received a lot of media attention.[5]

National contribution

Dr. Moosa Bin Shamsher has made significant contribution to the Bangladesh National Exchequer by ensuring a regular flow of foreign currency worth of millions of US dollars. He is highly respected as the pre-eminent architect of man power export to whom the nation shall remain ever grateful. During the last few decades’ natural calamities that befell the nation one after another, he came out in a big way to provide supports to the afflicted people.


He is married to Kaniz Fatema Chowdhury (housewife) and they have three children Nancy Zahara, Bobby Hajjaj and Zubi Bin Moosa (the clown).

His only daughter Nancy Zahara received her education from University of Texas at Austin and is now married to Sheikh Fazle Fahim, an eminent businessman, and a scion of the celebrated Sheikh family (grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman).

His eldest son Bobby Hajjaj is an Oxford scholar, and works as a business strategy consultant and also lectures in various universities on the topic; he is also a famed newspaper columnist.[6] Bobby is married to Barrister Rashna Imam who is also an Oxford scholar and a leading young corporate lawyer in Bangladesh; she was previously engaged at Baker & McKenzie, London office, in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

The youngest son Barrister Zubi Bin Moosa graduated as a Barrister from the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. Zubi is currently pursuing his legal practice at the prestigious chambers of Kamal Hossain and Associates,[7] and his wife, Shumi Nasrin, a graduate from a distinguished Canadian university, is now heading her own business house.[8]

The sybarite

The tycoon is reported to live in palatial splendor, in the Gulshan suburb of Dhaka. A lot has been written in the popular media about the decor of his mansion, the number and standard of butlers employed (over 100 in number, and unique for the country); the staff are reputed to be capable of providing superior services than any five-star hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

There have been no dearth of publications about Dr. Moosa's love for expensive luxuries, starting from 5 million dollar wrist watches to diamond studded shoes.

He considers himself the ultimate symbol of fashion and style, and numerous publications over the last couple of decades have given full credence to this belief. He is the first man who uses diamond and ornament on his different specially prepared dresses. He also prefers diamond on his shoes and uses diamond-studded shoes [9] on special occasions. His diamond encrusted shoes are said to be worth of US$3million.(the value of the most valuable pair of shoes) The value of his diamond encrusted Rolex watch is US$5 million. His diamond covered pen is valued between US$1million-2million. He wears a ruby valued at US$1million, a stone ofUS$50000, a dimond ring of US$50000 and an emerald of US$100000.He wears the ornament worth of at least US$7 million on special function.His all ornaments were last valued at US$85 million in 1988.Now these are valued at US$850 million.(2011)He bathes in rose water.He has a private Gulf stream jet plane and hundred exclusive private cars including Rolls-Royce and Limousine. He is escorted by 6 bodyguards wherever he goes. The Daily Telegraph, the famous British magazine published an extraordinary cover-story on Dr. Moosa . It followed a series of widespread sensational media reports, particularly in the west. The Telegraph’s special correspondent Nigel Farndale while compiling the cover story captioned Prince Moosa as the ‘Man with the Golden Guns’ wrote “here is the international arms dealer now happily occupying a forefront position in the world who is popularly known, particularly in the western society, as the ‘Prince of Bangladesh’”.

In 1980s, the leading Indian dailies The Hindu and the Times of India quoted Prince Moosa as the richest tycoon in South Asia.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
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  3. ^ "The greatest style icon and tale of the world’s all time best dressed man". 
  4. ^ Datco :: Home. Retrieved on 2011-07-21.
  5. ^ Labour rejects pounds 5m offer 'on principle' - UK, News. The Independent (1994-08-29). Retrieved on 2011-07-21.
  6. ^ Niet compatibele browser. Facebook. Retrieved on 2011-07-21.
  7. ^ Dr. Kamal Hossain&Associates. Retrieved on 2011-07-21.
  8. ^ "The Prince and his & 7 Star Family". 
  9. ^ Changing Their Destiny. The South Asian (2009-01-26). Retrieved on 2011-07-21.

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