Anthony Norman Sabga, giant of Caribbean business and enterprise, died on May 3, 2017. He was 94.
Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies in 1998 and the Order of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011, Dr Sabga came to Trinidad from Syria as a child. By age 14 he had joined his brothers in running the family business, a haberdashery.
He founded his first business in 1945. Standard Distributors was the opening step on a journey that would see him merge his own ANSA group of companies with the McEnearney-Alstons group of companies in 1986, creating the massive Caribbean conglomerate ANSA McAL.
With a presence in every major market in the region Dr Sabga’s creation has interests in media, automobile dealerships, manufacturing, real estate, energy, beverage manufacture and distribution, insurance, chemicals, shipping, banking and more. The company reported revenue of TT $6 billion last year. Dr Sabga chaired the ANSA McAL board until his retirement in 2000.
We salute his achievements and his life.