- Birthday7th Mar, 55
- Birth PlaceSaudi Arabia
- Marital statusMarried
An internationally prominent businessman and investor, Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal is perhaps the largest single foreign investor in the United States economy. With a net financial worth of approximately $20 billion, he is also one of the world’s wealthiest men. After graduating from Menlo College in 1979 he returned to Saudi Arabia with hopes of benefiting from the phenomenal oil boom then underway. Instead, he made considerable profit in the fields of real estate and construction, after which he set his sights on the banking sector.
In 1991, Prince Al-Walid announced his $590 million investment to bailout Citicorp which many thought would turn out to be a ruinous decision earned him the title of the ‘Arabian Warren Buffet'. The company’s tremendous success in the ensuing years made it the cornerstone of Prince Al-Walid’s fortune. Known to live an indulgent life, the Prince doesn’t hesitate to treat himself like a king. If his $130 million palace in Riyadh doesn’t astonish you, his $500 million personalized Airbus A380 also called the ‘Flying Palace’ will definitely send you into a frenzy. The Prince’s appetite for cars seems unparalleled and his collection of more than 300 cars of the best breed is simply jaw dropping. Prince Al-Walid’s superiority and domination extends to water as well with his 557-feet and third largest private yacht in the world called the Kingdom 5KR. A prolific philanthropist, Prince Al-Walid besides attempting donations of $10 million towards the Twin Towers Fund also donated $20 million each to America’s Georgetown and Harvard universities. In addition, he has donated substantial funds toward health, education, food aid, and HIV/AIDS research in Africa. Prince Talaal once again justified his smart businessperson stature as he recently invested $300 million in the social networking site Twitter. He explained “Our investment in Twitter reaffirms our ability in identifying suitable opportunities to invest in promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact.”
- I would love to be a corporate leader.
- It is my responsibility to take advantage of my position to make the world a better place
- Kingdom Holding will continue to achieve strong results and to distribute dividends
- I'm not panicking, and I'm not scared, I've been through the Gulf War, the Asia crisis, and the Russian crisis.
- If I'm going to do something, I do it spectacularly or I don't do it at all.
- My wheels are running. My investments are local, regional and international.
- Nowadays, anyone who cannot speak English and is incapable of using the Internet is regarded as backward.
- We're getting hurt, but I'm a long-term investor.
Did you know?
- His paternal grandfather named Abdulaziz ibn Saud formed the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Talal parents divorced when he was a young child.
- He has spent most of his childhood part in Beirut in Lebanon.
- He starts his business career when his father gave him $15,000 cash with a house.
- Talal donats $10 million to New York City for September 11 terrorist attacks recovery.
- Talal has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.
- He owns more than 200 cars.
- Al-Waleed bin Talal gifts $20 million to the Louvre Museum as a donation, which is largest gift ever to the museum.
Family & relationships
This palace is mainly used for promotion of public relations which is why it's called 'Promotion Palace'. Prince Al-Waleed lives in a sand colored palace in Riyadh. The palace’s 317 rooms are laced with 1,500 tons of Italian marble, silk oriental carpets, gold-plated faucets and more than 500 TV sets. Spread over 400,000 square feet, the palace also boasts a soccer field, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool and a 45-seat basement cinema.
Fabulous promotion palace
VIP visiting palace
Kingdom OasisStill under construction is Prince Al-Walid’s four million sq. mt. luxury resort which when completed will include a huge lake and a private zoo.
The Saudi Prince purchased this humongous house in 2009. The house itself is spread across 21,528 sq. ft. in addition to 173 acres of land which includes orchards, flowering terraces, vegetable gardens, ancient greenhouses, a caretaker's cottage and a farm building. The renowned Castel of Castagneto Po, located on the slopes of the famous Turin hills, is one of the most fascinating dwellings in Europe as well as the venue of exhibitions and events of special artistic interest.
Modest luxurious home
Arial view of mansion
Sumptuous and marvelous
Kingdom ResortThis is the place where the prince entertains his high-profile guests. It contains three huge lakes and is adorned with splendid gardens.
Prince and Princess
Saudi Arabia's Prince
Prince Alwaleed Bin talal invested in the majestic Seychelles Resort, which is completely managed by Kingdom Hotel Investments Group, which is a subsidiary of the “Kingdom Holding Company”. The Prince’s resort project was launched after his business group bought prominent properties in Middle East, Asia, Europe and North Africa. The ultra-luxury resort is estimated to be worth $145 million.
Location: The marvelous resort is located in Praslin, the second biggest island in the Seychelles, with its frontal area towards the Indian Ocean and Vallee de Mai, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage location.
Accommodation: Featuring a total sandy beach space of 500 meters and 86 lavish villas spread across 30 hectares, the majestic resort is a real retreat for anyone. The majestic resort incorporates the “Raffles residential apartments” featuring options of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom residential homes starting at $3.5 million.
Four seasons George V resort
The Saudi Prince owns the “Four seasons George V hotel” which is estimated worth $150 million. The well-known businessman has a list of privately owned hotels all over the world, which the billionaire treats as his homes. The Prince’s 1996 bought hotel is ranked one of the best hotels in the world and has received many awards for its extraordinary hospitality and lavish architecture. The French tourism authorities recently awarded it the Palace rating which is a real historical achievement for the hotel. Built in 1928, the luxury hotel is a favorite of the hot Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
Location: The magnificent hotel is located in the beautiful city Paris, France.
Accommodation: The hotel’s architecture features a blend of classical design with a modern touch. Adorned with marvelous tapestries and extravagant flowers, the hotels interiors look extremely elegant and luxurious. The 5 star luxury hotel features a total of 245 rooms incorporating Louis XV furnishings, crystal chandeliers and numerous pricy objects. The VIP room includes a spa tub, sauna, and two comfy massage beds. A large health club features an inside pool while a spa offers massage 24 hours a day.
Elegant and luxurious interiors
Well equipped bar
A collection of books
Completely adorned interiors
Four Season Hotel
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a global investor and the largest single foreign investor in the U.S. economy, who has owned shares in Apple for 16 years now recently purchased the iconic Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, for an astonishing price of $200 million on 17th of November, 2012 through Kingdom Holding Investment Group, the investment vehicle of by Al-Waleed Bin Talal.
Location: The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is located in the heart of Yorkville, the poshest area in Toronto, Canada.
Accommodation: The hotel features 259 total guest rooms of which there are 42 suites. The 55 stories high rise building also features 30,000 sq ft Spa and Jacuzzi center.
The Premier guest rooms (515 sq.ft each) are located from 10th to 21st floors (view: south, north, east, west views of the city, sweeping from different rooms).
The Deluxe guest rooms (515 sq. ft each) are located from 4th to 8th floors (view: garden and city).
The Superior guest rooms (500 sq. ft each) are also located from 4th to 8th floors (view: city).
Any room in this spacious hotel offers complimentary children and bay toiletries,and baby plush bathrobes.The hotel also features 12 function as well 5 pre-function and overflow rooms, thus occupying a total of 1,331 square meters.
Features: Not only the state of art luxury rooms and business suites that make Four Seasons Toronto a reputed name, it also features the widely spread, modernize state of art Spa center (30,000 sq ft), modern gymnasium (3500 sq ft), indoor swimming pool, conference hall, banquet room, restaurant, dining hall, and cafeteria.
Some other facilities available includes airline reservation, iPads, cellular telephones, computers, WiFi, audio visual equipment, FedEx shipping, and several secretarial business services.
Neighborhood: The Park Hyatt hotel lies close to Four Seasons Toronto, along with another big hotel, the Windsor Arms which is also located in Yorkville. The neighborhood also features a lot of designer shops from reputed international brands like Chanel, Harry Rosen, Boss, Gucci, and Bvlgari.
Kingdom 5KR yacht
Saudi prince and serial investor Al-Walid owns a 282-foot yacht called Kingdom 5KR. The yacht which appeared in the movie Never Say Never Again as the Flying Saucer was bought by the Prince from Donald Trump after his second bankruptcy in 1991 for just $40 million. The yacht was built in 1980 by the yacht builder Benetti at a cost $100 million. Originally named as Nabila, the yacht was one of the largest in world at the time of its commencement. Later, when Donald Trump bought it for $29 million from the Sultan of Brunei, he renamed it Trump Princess after retrofitting it. The origins of it’s latest name can be traced back to the Prince’s investment company, Kingdom Holdings, his lucky number 5 and the initials of his children (K and R).
Features: The 5-deck yacht has all the latest luxuries like a disco, cinema, a helipad and a pool with water jet on top. The exterior architecture has been designed by Jon Bannenberg and initial interiors were done by Luigi Sturchio.
Accommodations: It has 11 opulent guest suits and many other luxurious rooms, which can accommodate up to 22 passengers in addition to 31 qualified crew.
Specs: It has two main engines which pump a total power output of 6000 HP. The yacht reaches a top speed of 20 knots, and cruising speed of 17 knots. It has a range of 8500 miles which it can cruise at a speed of 17 knots.
New Kingdom 5KR yacht
Prince Al-Walid is investing $500 million for a new giga-yacht, The New Kingdom 5KR. This 557 feet yacht would be the third largest yacht in the world upon completion and would rival the best in terms of luxury and opulence.It is set to be delivered by 2014 to its owner.
Upadte: Alwaleed Bin Talal sold his Airbus A380 jet plane to invest in Middle East Firms.
When ready in 2012, the Airbus A380 personalized for Prince Al-Walid will be the world’s largest private jet. The ‘Flying Palace’ will have a Turkish bath for four, a concert hall, a boardroom equipped with holographic screens and not to mention ample parking space for the Saudi Prince’s Rolls-Royce.
Hawker Siddeley 125This limited edition mid-sized corporate jet powered by two Rolls-Royce Viper Turbojet engines is manufactured for the few and the exclusive.
Hawker and Boing 747
Boeing 747The Saudi Prince spent a whopping amount for his Boeing 747 in 2003 and had it customized with a throne-like chair in the living room, a dining table that seats 14 and two luxurious bedrooms. The big plane’s crew consists of 11 flight attendants from around the world.
Prince Al-Waleed's jet
Ferari'sThe ultra rich Prince Al-Walid owns not 10 or 20 but more than 300 of the most exotic and luxurious vehicles ever built. His collection includes an impressive number of some of the best which Ferrari has to offer.
Fast and sporty
The Prince’s fleets of cars boast of the best Lamborghinis ever made.
Super sports car
Luxurious and Expensive car
Al-Walid owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom which truly symbolizes the billionaire Prince’s power and opulence. The interiors of this powerful car feature special oak-wood finished panels, a LCD television set, separate air-conditioning controls for the front and back seats, storage for Champagne and occupant sensors. Even the color of the car can be customized according to the preference of the owner.
Couple in Somalia
ALWALEED BIN TALAL HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION
The Foundation offers assistance to the Lebanese people in various spheres like health, education and social development.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation
Founded by the Prince himself Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation establishes research and outreach centers at renowned universities in the Arab region and around the world. It also helps in the preservation of Islamic artistic and cultural heritage worldwide.
The billionaire Saudi prince Al waleed bin talal owns an exclusive handmade diamond Ducati motorcycle, with cost estimated at about $4.8 million. Specially ordered by the royal prince, the majestic bike is not crafted entirely from diamonds but partially from Swarovski crystals, still it looks an absolute sparkling beauty. The attention grabber bike incorporates sheer charisma and beauty along with the authentic Ducati style, offering it a commanding on road presence.
Mercedes Benz SL550
The owner of not 10 or 20 but more than 300 of the most exotic and luxurious vehicles ever built, Prince Al Walid Bin Talal owns a diamond studded handmade Mercedes SL600 car which truly symbolizes the billionaire Prince’s power and opulence. The stunning work is mixture of diamonds and Swarovski crystals. Car was unveiled in 2007 in Dubai to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mercedes.