Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed's Timeline

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed has been selected by Arabian Business as the world's most powerful Arab for the ninth consecutive year.


The Kingdom Holding chairman took pole position in the Power 500 list - just ahead of Emirates Airline chairman Sheikh Ahmed.


Read our timeline to find out more about the life of Prince Alwaleed and see the full list of the world's 500 most powerful Arabs here.


1950's
1955
Prince Alwaleed was born on 7 March 1955 in Jeddah to a senior member of the Saudi royal family and the daughter of Lebanon's first Prime Minister after independence
1960's
1970's
1979
Alwaleed attended military school in the Saudi capital Riyadh, before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 in business administration from California's Menlo College, before attaining a master's degree in Social Science with honours from Syracuse University in 1985
1980's
1980
Alwaleed founded investment vehicle Kingdom Holding, the company which today he still owns 95 percent of and manages on a day-to-day basis
1990's
1991
Alwaleed came to prominence after he acquired a 5 percent stake in US bank Citigroup for about US$550m. That stake is now worth much more
1995
The prince bought a 43 percent stake in the New York Plaza Hotel, that he would later go on to sell
1996
A high profile investment in 1996 was the George V Hotel in Paris, for which Alwaleed paid US$185m
1997
Alwaleed bought a 7 percent in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, as well as a 5 percent stake in Apple, which he later sold in 2005
1999
In 1999 Alwaleed raised his News Corp stake to US$600m
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2000's
2000
In 2000, Alwaleed invested US$400m in Compaq Computer Corp
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2002
The Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, owned by Prince Alwaleed, was completed in 2002, at a cost of US$466m
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2005
Alwaleed acquired the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London for GBP£250m. In the same year Alwaleed topped Arabian Business's inaugural Power and Rich Lists.
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2006
Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding purchased Canadian hotelier Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for an estimated US$3.9bn in partnership with US real estate firm Colony Capital
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2009
The prince continued to dominate Arabian Business's Power and Rich lists, again claiming top spots in both
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2010's
2011
Alwaleed announced plans to trump Dubai's Burj Khalifa and build the world's tallest tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, known as the Kingdom Tower
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Alwaleed made his latest high profile investment, purchasing a US$300m stake in popular micro blogging site Twitter
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2012
Alwaleed cemented his position as the world's richest Arab, increasing his wealth to US$25.9bn, maintain his position at the top of the Arabian Business Rich List
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2013
The Prince made his first foray into China as an investor, buying a US$700m stake in online retailer 360buy Jingdong
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Posted by: Abdullah Noorani

If Person have wealth and mind, opportunities comes to him.


" Moneys catches Money"

Posted by: rachel

he really works hard ... wow! an achiever indeed!

Posted by: Bess Angeles

'Your Excellency..pls. accept my deepest gratitude and congratulation for all those success in business you have shared for everybody..You are one of a kind successful and humbled person that could mark as a better example for improving the economic and good standard of living for all mankind as well as in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.."We are all proud of you".. "May the good Allah..be with you always..God Bless you..

Posted by: MOHAMMAD JAMEEL

I PROUD ON YOU , YOUR HIGHNESS
AND I PRAY FOR YOU .

Posted by: alexcchacko

very nice i like him god bless you more

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