7 Most Powerful People of 2013
7. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
King, Saudi Arabia
Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Country of Citizenship: Saudi Arabia
Marital Status: Married
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of the desert kingdom controls 20 percent of the world's known oil reserves and guards Islam's holiest cities. In 1961, as a young man, Abdullah became Mayor of Mecca. On 1 August 2005, he ascended to the throne upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. Abdullah, like Fahd, was one of the many sons of Ibn Saud, the Founder of modern Saudi Arabia. With a personal wealth estimated at $18 billion, Abdullah is ranked as the third richest royal in the world. However, the nation and its populace is suffering with the out-of-control youth unemployment.
Abdullah lost his brother Crown Prince Nayef who died in June. Nayef was supposed to be Abdullah’s heir but as he is no more, another brother of Abdullah, 76 year old Crown Prince Salman, the Formar Governor of Riyadh, is going to success him.
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