Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
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.
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.
Kingdom Holding Co., the investment firm of Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, is in talks with banks to cut borrowing costs on a $550 million loan, four people with knowledge of the matter said.