There are few individuals as unique, enigmatic, and colorful as Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud. Riz Khan’s compelling biography about the unique man who was, at the time, the world’s fourth-richest man on the Forbes list — estimated to be worth around $21.5 billion in 2004 — tells the story of a young royal Saudi businessman who approached a bank for a loan, and ended up building a vast empire embracing the world’s most well-known brands, from Citigroup to Disney to Apple Computer, Inc. Never boring and always surprising, Alwaleed — as he’s known to most in the Middle East and beyond — serves as the perfect subject for an ever insightful and insatiably curious writer like Riz Khan. The story they venture on together offers a truly revealing insider’s view of this provocative business genius.
Riz charts Alwaleed’s unique family history and the origins of his powerful drive to succeed, as well as dives deeply into just how Alwaleed brought about his phenomenal success and strategic high-profile investments that earned him the respect of Wall Street. Riz even takes the reader past Alwaleed’s billionaire, jet-set lifestyle, exploring Prince Alwaleed’s close and emotional relationship with the desert and its people. Brilliant, charming and extraordinarily hard-working, this billionaire’s personal story unfolds in gripping detail, based on in-depth interviews with the Prince, his direct family, his entourage, and his closest business associates — including top names such as Sandy Weill, Rupert Murdoch, and Jimmy Carter.
Alwaleed is a revealing portrait of a very unique individual whose presence in the global economy is unmatched.