Prince al-Walid ibn Talal ibn Abdel Aziz Al Saud ( Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود ; born March 7, 1955 ), better known as Prince al-Walid - a member of the Saudi royal family , the nephew of the current king and international investor. He made his fortune on investment projects and buying shares. In 2007, his net worth was estimated at $ 21.5 billion (according to Forbes magazine ). Al-Walid ibn Talal al-Saud is 22nd on the list of the richest people in the world. Time magazine gave him the nickname "Arabian Warren Buffett ."
|al-Walid ibn Talal ibn Abdel Aziz Al Saud|
|الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود|
|Date of Birth||March 7, 1955 ( 64)|
|Place of Birth||Saudi Arabia|
|Father||Talal ibn Abdul Aziz|
|Awards and prizes|
Al-Walid is the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdel Aziz ibn Saud . By mother - the grandson of Riad al-Solkh , the first prime minister of independent Lebanon . Cousin of Moroccan princes Moulay Hisham and Moulay Ismail (their mothers are sisters). Another aunt of the prince was the wife of Omar Karam - another Prime Minister of Lebanon.
Al-Walid has a bachelor of science degree (College Menlo, 1979) and a master's degree (Maxwell School of Public Relations of the University of Syracuse , 1985). He is also awarded a Ph.D. from the International University of Exeter.
Thrice divorced. His first wife was Dalal - the daughter of his uncle, King Saud , in this marriage, Prince Khaled and Princess Rome were born. The second wife is Iman al-Sudayri . In 2006, he met his third wife, Amira (born 1983), and immediately proposed to her. In 2014, they divorced.
Despite the fact that Prince al-Walid is the nephew of the six kings of Saudi Arabia, he remained outside the core of political power in Saudi Arabia. Instead, he created a large international corporation called the Kingdom Holding Company through which he invests.
According to media reports, the Saudi king Salman decided to appoint Prince al-Walid the future ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Israel     .
In November 2017, the prince was arrested by the Saudi police in accordance with the decision of the recently created Anti-Corruption Committee 
Al-Waleed began his business career in 1979 after graduating from Menlo College. He took a loan of $ 300,000 and became an intermediary in business with foreign firms wishing to do business in Saudi Arabia.
The prince’s actions as an investor yielded outstanding returns when he bought a substantial portion of Citicorp 's shares in the 1990s (at that time it was in a financial crisis) with an initial investment of $ 550 million to save Citibank from total ruin and give a loan to an American bank and Latin American firms . He invested all his money and saved Citibank from complete ruin. 50% of the fortune was brought to al-Valid by Citibank.
He collaborated with Bill Gates , being one of the co-owners of Four Seasons Hotels , and in 2004 supported Microsoft in the expansion in Saudi Arabia  .
He has also made large investments in AOL , Apple Inc , Worldcom , Motorola , News Corporation Ltd and media companies.
The prince was the first in the world to order a personal Airbus A380 Super Jumbo . The contract price amounted to $ 488 million US dollars  . The aircraft has a marbled Turkish bath , a concert hall with ten seats and a garage for a Rolls-Royce . In addition, the airplane has several separate rooms, each of which has a chapel with an electronic prayer rug , always looking towards Mecca . There is a special “prosperity room” with a giant screen in the floor, which shows the land below 
On November 4, 2017, he was arrested among 11 princes and several former ministers several hours after the appointment of Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman as the head of a specially created anti-corruption committee  .
|Saudi Arabia||2002—||Commander of the Great Ribbon of the Order of King Abdel-Aziz|
|Jordan||1997—||Commander of the Great Ribbon of the Order of the Star of Jordan|
|The Republic of Korea||1999—||Cavalier of the Order of Diplomatic Merits, Grade 3|
|Brunei||2001—||Cavalier of the Order of the Royal Family of Brunei 1 class||Dk|
|Lebanon||2002—||Grand Officer||Order of the Cedar|
|Tunisia||2002—||Chevalier of the Great Ribbon of the Order of the Republic|
|Tunisia||2003—||Medal November 7|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2003—||Presidential Medal|
|Burkina Faso||2003—||Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso|
|Guinea||2003—||Commander of the National Order of Merit|
|Equatorial Guinea||2003—||Commander of the Grand Cross of the National Order of Equatorial Guinea|
|Netherlands||2003—||Officer of the Order of the Orange-Nassau|
|Senegal||2003—||Grand Officer of the National Order of Leo|
|Togo||2003—||Grand Officer of the Order of Mono|
|Gabon||2004—||Commander of the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit|
|Chad||2004—||Grand Officer of the National Order of Chad|
|Comoros||2004—||Commander of the Order of the Star of Anjouan|
|Djibouti||2004—||Commander of the Order of the Great Star of Djibouti|
|Djibouti||2004—||Anniversary medal “20 years of independence of the Republic of Djibouti”|
|Benin||2005—||Great Officer of the National Order of Benin|
|Gambia||2005—||Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia|
|Kenya||2005—||Commander of the Order of the Golden Heart||Cgh|
|Liberia||2005—||Cavalier of the Great Cross of the Order of the Star of Africa|
|Mali||2005—||Commander of the National Order of Mali|
|Cote d'Ivoire||2006—||Cavalier of the Grand Cross of the National Order of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire|
|Ghana||2006—||Companion of the Order of Volta|
|Niger||2006—||Commander of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit|
|Syria||2006—||Commander of the Umayyad Order 1 class|
|France||2006—||Commander of the Legion of Honor|
|Uganda||2006—||Grand Commander of the Order of the Pearl of Africa|
|Philippines||2007—||Grand Officer of the Order of the Golden Heart|
|Republic of China||2007—||Cavalier of the Great Ribbon of the Order of the Diamond Star|
|Bulgaria||2009—||Cavalier of the Order of the Madara Horseman|
|Madagascar||2009—||Cavalier of the Grand Cross of the 1st class of the National Order of Madagascar|
|CAR||2009—||Commander of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit|
|Cape Verde||2010—||Medal of the Order of Amilkar Cabral|
|Vietnam||2010—||Commander of the Order of Friendship|
|Laos||2010—||Medal of Honor|
|Burundi||2011—||Cavalier of the Order of the Republic|
|Mauritania||2011—||Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit|
|Morocco||2011—||Commander of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Alauite Throne|
|Bahrain||2012—||Commander of the Order of Courage|
|Bangladesh||2012—||Commander of the Order of Friendship|
|State of Palestine||March 5, 2014—||Chevalier of the Great Ribbon of the Order of Honor|
|Monaco||October 29, 2015—||Grand Officer of the Order of Grimaldi|
- Archived copy (inaccessible link) . Date of treatment June 7, 2016. Archived June 17, 2016.
- Prince of Saudi Arabia al-Walid bin Talal: I am proud to be the first honorary ambassador to Israel and hope that together we will be able to repulse the Iranian program - Realnienovosti unopened (inaccessible link) . Date of treatment June 7, 2016. Archived June 24, 2016.
- Media: Saudi Arabia is building an embassy in Tel Aviv, Prince Walid bin Talal will be the ambassador
- Exclusive - Saudi Arabia is building an embassy in Israël
- 11 princes arrested in Saudi Arabia. Among them, one of the richest people in the world - Meduza (Russian) , Meduza . Date of treatment November 5, 2017.
- Four Seasons Hotels agrees to bid from Gates and Alwaleed . International Herald Tribune (February 13, 2007). Date of treatment February 15, 2008. Archived March 4, 2012.
- Mikal Hem, 2016 , p. 28.
- David D. Kirkpatrick. Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal . The New York Times (November 4, 2017). Date of treatment November 5, 2017.
- Mikal Hem. Be a dictator. Practical Guide = Kanskje Jeg Kan Bli Diktator. - M .: Alpina Publisher , 2016 .-- 232 p. - ISBN 978-5-9614-5403-1 .