Prince Alwaleed owns 95 percent of Kingdom Holding, a publicly traded conglomerate with investments in hotels, Saudi real estate and other public stocks. He also holds an 80 percent stake in Rotana, one of the Middle East's biggest media companies. His personal possessions include palaces, private jets, jewelry and a superyacht.
Southeastern Asset Management Inc., the investment firm that joined Carl Icahn in opposing Dell Inc.’s buyout, acquired a 12 percent voting stake in News Corp., making it the largest shareholder after Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal sits under an almost full moon near a campfire at his rustic retreat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He’s surrounded by a zoo with zebras and giraffes, an artificial lake and a lodge that has an indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms. Three hooded falcons are perched on stands in front of him.
After losing billions on U.S. stocks beginning in 2000, Alwaleed Bin Talal says he may become richer than the Oracle of Omaha. His strategy: holding an IPO for his luxury hotels and building the world’s tallest tower in his homeland.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire owner of stakes in Citigroup Inc. and Time Warner Inc., has written publicly to Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali Al- Naimi, questioning the kingdom’s energy policies.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi in an open letter that the kingdom won’t be able to raise production capacity to 15 million barrels of crude a day as planned, and that he disagrees with him over the impact of U.S. shale gas output.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal lost a lawsuit over a $10 million commission on an airplane he sold to former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, in which a judge accused him of being “completely unreliable.”
In today's "Movers & Shakers" Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker reports that Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who is ranked at #24 on the Bloomberg Billionaires index, has seen his wealth rise 18 percent in the past year. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Inside Track." (Source: Bloomberg)