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Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (born 7 March 1955) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family. He is the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. An entrepreneur and international investor but without real political power within the House of Saud or in Saudi Arabia, he has amassed a fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market.

As of 11 March 2009 his net worth is estimated at US$13.3 billion, down from $21 billion, according to the Arabian Business rich list published December 2, 2008. He is ranked by Forbes as the 22nd richest person in the world. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.

Al-Waleed bin Talal
Born March 7, 1955 (1955-03-07) (age 54)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Residence Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabia, Lebanon
Occupation businessman
Net worth ▼ $13.3 billion (2009)
Religious beliefs Islam

Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
House of Saud
Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud

* Khaled bin Waleed
* Reem bint Waleed
* Najem bin Waleed
* Mona bint Waleed

Early life

Al-Waleed was born to Prince Talal, son of the founding King of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and Princess Mona. He is Prince Talal's second son.

Al-Waleed completed a bachelor of science degree in business administration at Menlo College in 1979 and masters in social science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, in 1985. He was also awarded an honorary PhD from the University of Exeter. He has been married five times, divorced three times, and currently has two wives. In 2006, he married Ameera Al-Taweel. And in 2009, Al-Waleed re-married his former wife from the United States, who is the mother of his other two children, Prince Najem and Princess Mona. Prince Waleed's first born children are: Prince Khaled and Princess Reem who are from his first wife, (his cousin) Princess Dalal bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz. Despite being the nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, he has stayed outside of the core of political power in Saudi Arabia, and instead built a large international corporation called the Kingdom Holding Company, through which he makes his investments.

Business interests

Al-Waleed began his business career in 1979 upon graduation from Menlo College. The Prince's activities as an investor came to prominence when he bought a substantial tranche of shares in Citicorp in the 1990s when that firm was in difficulties. With an initial investment of $550 million ($2.98 a share after adjusting for stock splits, acquisitions and spin-offs, according to Bloomberg calculations) to bail out Citibank caused by underperforming American real estate loans and Latin American businesses, his holdings in Citigroup now comprise for about $1 billion. His investments in Citibank earned him the title of Saudi Warren Buffett.

Although his stake in Citibank once accounted for approximately half of his wealth, by January 2009. At the end of 1990 he bought 4.9% of Citicorp’s existing common shares for $207m ($12.46 per share)—the most that he could without being legally obliged to declare his interest. In February 1991, as American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia were preparing for war with Iraq, the prince spent $590m buying new preferred shares, convertible into common shares at $16 each. This amounted to a further 10% of Citicorp and took his stake to 14.9%. In January 2008, the Prince participated—together with the Singapore government investment corporation and other investors—in a $12.5 Billion capital raise, in an unsuccessful effort to shore up Citi's capital position, but the value of these shares continued to plunge.

Later, he also made large investments in AOL, Apple Inc., MCI Inc., Motorola, News Corporation Ltd and other technology and media companies.

His real estate holdings have included large stakes in the Four Seasons hotel chain and the Plaza Hotel in New York. He sold half of his shares in the latter in August 2004. He has made investments in London's Savoy Hotel and Monaco's Monte Carlo Grand Hotel. He currently holds a 10% stake in Euro Disney SCA, the organization which manages and maintains the Disneyland Resort Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France.

In January 2005, Al-Waleed purchased the Savoy Hotel in London for an estimated GBP £250 million, to be managed by Fairmont Hotels, in which Al-Waleed owns an estimated 16% stake. In January 2006, in partnership with the U.S. real estate firm Colony Capital, Kingdom Holding acquired Toronto, CA-based Fairmont Hotels for an estimated $3.9 billion.

As of 2008, there are plans for the $10 billion construction of the Tallest Building in the World or برج الميل (Arabic for "the Tower of One Mile"), a supertall skyscraper to be the tallest in the world, at one mile (1609 m) in height.

Charitable activities

Much of the charitable activities of Al-Waleed are in the field of educational initiatives to bridge gaps between Western and Islamic communities by funding centers of American studies and research in universities in the Middle East and centers of Islamic studies in western universities

In 2002, Al-Waleed donated 18.5 million British pounds to the families of Palestinians during a TV telethon ordered by Saudi King Fahd to help relatives of Palestinian "martyrs" -- a term that has been used by the Palestinians to include suicide bombers. The Saudi government said the term referred not to suicide bombers but to "Palestinians who are victimized by Israeli terror and violence."

Academic Awards

B. Sc. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, Menlo College, California, 1979

M.A. in Social Science with honors, Syracuse University, 1985

Kingdom 5KR

Al-Waleed now owns the yacht Kingdom 5KR, which has a helicopter on board. She is an 85.9-meter (282-foot) yacht, originally built as the "Nabila" for Saudi billionaire, Adnan Khashoggi. She subsequently posed as the Flying Saucer, the yacht of James Bond villain Largo in the film Never Say Never Again. The yacht was later sold to Donald Trump, who renamed her Trump Princess. Al-Waleed bought the yacht after Trump's second bankruptcy.

He has ordered a new yacht currently known as the New Kingdom 5KR which will be about 173 meters (557 feet) long and will cost $500+ million. The yacht is rendered by Lindsay Designs and is expected to be delivered in late 2010.

Al-Waleed owns several aircraft, all converted for private use: a Boeing 747, an Airbus 321 and an Hawker Siddeley 125. Also on order is an Airbus 380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery in 2010. This has been noted in the 2009 Guiness World Records as the largest private jet in the world.

Among his many assets are: a 95% stake in Kingdom Holding Company; 100% ownership of Rotana Video & Audio Visual Company; 90% ownership of Lebanese Broadcasting Center ( LBCSAT ); less than 1% of Citigroup; 17% if Al Nahar and 25% of Al Diyar, two daily newspapers published in Lebanon.

Al-Waleed and his wife live in a $300 million sand-colored palace whose 317 rooms are adorned with 1,500 tons of Italian marble, silk oriental carpets, gold-plated faucets and 250 TV sets. It has four kitchens, for Arabic, Continental and Asian cuisines, and a fifth just for dishing up desserts, run by chefs who can feed 2,000 people on an hour's notice. Their royal highnesses can swim in a lagoon-shaped pool, or catch a film in the 45-seat basement cinema.

Prince Alwaleed tops first Saudi Rich List 2009 with a fortune of $16.3bn. HRH holds a 95 percent stake, although it has been a tough 2009 for the Prince, as his investments across the globe have been hit hard by the global economic crisis.


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