By Anil Bhoyrul
Saudi billionaire, the world's richest Arab with $32bn, makes historic announcement during Ramadan
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed on Wednesday pledged to donate his entire $32 billion fortune to philanthropy.
"It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all mankind," the prince told reporters on Wednesday in Riyadh.
Alwaleed added: "The donation will be allocated according to a well devised plan throughout the coming years.
"It will be based on a strategy that is supervised and managed by a board of trustees headed by me to ensure that it will be used after my death for humanitarian projects and initiatives."
He said there was no time limit, adding:"This is an open situation. In time all my wealth will go to good causes. Right now the bulk of the income not the assets will go to good causes."
The prince said this decision was "a big incentive for me to make more profits".
He added the Alwaleed Foundation would be the recipient of the funds.
Shares in Kingdom Holding fell one percent in thin trade after its chairman made the announcement.
Alwaleed was surrounded by this two children Prince Khaled and Princess Reem as he made the announcement. He said both were supportive of his decision.
He added: "What I am doing today is institutionalising the process. After my death my son will become the president of the board of trustees and and my daughter Vice President. This will make it very clear how this is operated."
He stressed that no shares in Kingdom Holding were being sold and that he would continue to run the company as before. He said all his wealth would still be in full control.
He also said he was not making this decision for health reasons.
"I am doing this now because I feel great and am in good shape. This is, you could say, a living will that I am making today."
He said that the Bill and Melinda Foundation was a role model for philanthropy.
Alwaleed’s investments through Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) have been across a multitude of sectors around the world and current investments include stakes and holdings in American lender Citigroup, Canary Wharf London developer Songbird Estates, Jeddah Economic Company (which is developing the 1km tower in Jeddah to the tallest in the world), Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Raffles Holding Intl., Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, New York’s The Plaza hotel, London’s Savoy Hotel, Paris’ Four Seasons George V Hotel, Saudi carrier Flynas, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Disneyland Paris and Twitter.
KHC has also previously held stakes in household names, including Amazon, AOL / Time Warner, Apple, Coca-Cola, Compaq, eBay, Ford, Hewlett-Packard, McDonald's, Motorola Mobility, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Saks Incorporated.
Praise God for your generosity.
Fantastic decision. Really impressive!
Consider to help Greece, it will be highly appreciated.
What an awesome human being! By making this decision, he will now live the rest of his life with eternal inner happiness and peace.
Wonderful decision Prince, May Allah the Almighty give you you a great reward.
A thousand salutes to the Prince - a role model who has always set the benchmark.
I'm glad to see, like Bill and Melinda Gates, that this charity will NOT be bound to those of the same faith and open to all charitable designations. Maybe purchase a country (might be a good exchange for Greece) and allow the refugees from war ravaged and extremist-run countries a place to be safe.
Fantastic! Hopefully an inspiration to the numerous billionaires in the GCC.
The Great Personality.True Muslim