1920 Talaat Pasha Harb founded the bank in 1920. He had published books in 1907 and 1911 calling for the founding of a national bank with Egyptian financing. (The National Bank of Egypt was British-owned, and all the other banks in Egypt were owned by foreigners.) Harb modeled Bank Misr’s operations on those of Deutsche Orientbank with which he was familiar due to his friendship with the owner of a Sephardi Jewish bank, Banque Suarès. Harb established Banque Misr and its companies on the basis of certain concepts: all its dealings were in Arabic, Egyptians operated the bank, and the bank restricted share ownership to Egyptian citizens. Misr’s Board of Directors included a number of Sephardic Jews and a Coptic Christian.
1926 Bank Misr established Banque Misr-La France to serve Egyptian tourists to France.
1930 Bank Misr and Banque Essadine, in Lebanon, formed Banque Misr-Syrie-Liban, which then absorbed Banque Ezzeddine & Adib (Izz al-Din) in Tripoli.
1939 Banque Misr failed but was reorganized.
Talaat Harb and Medhat Yakan at the opening of a new branch of Banque Misr in 1935.
1961 Syria nationalized all banks operating in the country, including those of Banque Misr.
1963 In Libya, Banque Misr created Nahda Arabian Bank to hold its branches there.
1971 Banque Misr absorbed Banque de Port-Said. Banque de Port-Said had been created in 1960 to hold the Egyptian operations of several foreign bank, including Ionian Bank, Ottoman Bank, Banque Belge et Internationale en Egypte and Bank of Tokyo.
1975 Liberalization of foreign entry led several Egyptian banks to establish joint venture banks with foreign banks.
1976 Banque Misr established Misr International Bank (MIBank) with Banque Misr owning 44%, First Chicago 20%, Europartners 10.5%, UBAF Bank 8.5%, Banco di Roma 7.375%, and Mitsui Bank 2.625%.
Misr established Misr American International Bank (MAIB) with Bank of America.
Misr established Misr Exterior Bank in a joint venture with Banco Exterior de Espana.
1977 Bank MISR established Misr Romanian Bank, together with a number of Romanian banks. Misr initially owned 51%, with Banca Romana de Comert Exterior owning 19%, and other Romanian banks such as Banca Agricola and Banca Comerciala Romana owning the rest.
1988 Banque de Caire took a 17% in MIBank, and Misr took over First Chicago's 20% stake.
2005 National Société Générale Bank (NSGB), a joint venture between National Bank of Egypt and France's Société Générale, acquired a majority stake in Misr International Bank (MIBank), making NSGB Egypt’s biggest private sector bank. Arab African International Bank (AAIB) acquired Misr America International Bank (MAIB). Lebanon’s Blom Bank increased its stake in Romanian-Egyptian joint venture Misr Romania Bank to 97% by purchasing an 84% stake.