Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Ahmed bin Salman
Spouse Lamia bint Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Full name
Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father Salman bin Abdulaziz
Mother Sultana bint Turki al Sudairi
Born 17 November 1958
Riyadh
Died 22 July 2002(2002-07-22) (aged 43)
Riyadh
Burial 23 July 2002
Al Oud cemetery, Riyadh
Religion Islam

Ahmed bin Salman (17 November 1958 - 22 July 2002) was a member of the House of Saud and a media executive who was also a major figure in international Thoroughbred horse racing.

Early life[edit]

Prince Ahmed was born in Riyadh on 17 November 1958.[1][2] He was the third eldest son of Salman bin Abdulaziz and Sultana bin Turki Al Sudairi. His father Prince Salman is the Minister of Defence since November 2011 and Crown Prince since June 2012. His mother, Sultana Al Sudairi, died in July 2011.[3] She was a daughter of Prince Salman's uncle, Turki bin Ahmad al Sudairi,[4] who was one of the former governors of Asir Province.[5] Ahmed bin Salman is full brother of Prince Fahd, Prince Sultan, Prince Abdulaziz, Prince Faisal and Princess Hussa.[6][7]

Education[edit]

Prince Ahmed first studied at Colorado School of Mines.[8] He then graduated from Wentworth Military Academy.[8] After graduation, he returned to Saudi Arabia and joined the Saudi Air Force.

Later, Ahmed bin Salman continued his studies in the US and attended University of California, Irvine.[1][2] He studied comparative culture and graduated from the university in the early 1980s.[9][10]

Career[edit]

In Saudi Arabia, Ahmed bin Salman joined armed forces before dealing with business.[11] After leaving armed forces, in 1985, he established ASAS, a company which specialized in maintenance and contracting.[8] He became chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) in 1989,[8][12] a media company with offices in Riyadh and Jeddah as well as in London[2] and Washington D.C.[13] Prince Ahmed also bought 80% of the daily, Asharq Al Awsat, which is a publication of the SRMG.[14]

SRMG is reported to be the largest media company in the Middle East.[15] However, the business was worth $90 million when Prince Ahmed took over the company. Its assets were worth nearly $533 million at the period when he died.[16] After his death, his full brother Prince Faisal became the chairman of SRMG.[14]

Involvement in horse racing[edit]

Ahmed bin Salman began horseracing activity with his college friend Richard Mulhall as his horse trainer and eventually his manager of racing operations.[2] Firstly, he bought a gray stallion named Jumping Hill.[10] Then, Prince Ahmed began racing under the name Universal Stable until 1994.[2] Later, he created the Thoroughbred Corporation[1] and became the principal partner of this company.[2] In 1999, Ahmed bin Salman won the Epsom Derby with Oath.[1] He also won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes with 2001 horse of the year, Point Given.[17] He also achieved another dream by winning the Kentucky Derby with War Emblem in May 2002, making him the first Arab horse owner to win this race.[1][16] War Emblem was sold to Prince Ahmed just three weeks before the race after the horse won the Illinois Derby. The price of the horse was $ 900.000.[16] Prince Faisal, his brother, succeeded him as the head of the Thoroughbred Corporation after his death in 2002.[18][19]

Ahmed bin Salman also owned Spain, horse racing's all-time female money-winner.[2][17] He is one of only four men to have raced both a Kentucky Derby winner and an Epsom Derby winner. The others are John W. Galbreath, Michael Tabor, and Paul Mellon.[1]

Other positions[edit]

Ahmed bin Salman was appointed Secretary-General of the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charitable Association for Kidney Patients and a member of the charity’s board of directors after the death of his elder brother Fahd bin Salman in 2001.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Ahmed is survived by his wife, Lamia bint Mishaal, daughter of Mishaal bin Saud.[13][21] He had four daughters and a son.[22] His family owns three percent of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), reportedly the largest media company in the Middle East.[15]

Death and funeral[edit]

Ahmed bin Salman died of heart failure at age 43 in Riyadh on 22 July 2002.[23] He was buried in Al Oud cemetery on 23 July 2002 after funeral prayers at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh.[4][24][25] His cousin, Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah, brother of Abdullah bin Faisal, who had been killed in a car crash while coming to Riyadh to participate in funeral prayers for Prince Ahmed, was also buried with him in Al Oud cemetery in Riyadh.[24][26]

Alleged involvement in 9/11 attacks[edit]

In Why America Slept (2003), Gerald Posner claimed that Ahmed bin Salman had had ties to al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The story was strongly denied by his family pointing out that he in fact loved America, spent a great deal of time at his home there in Bradbury, and invested heavily in the American horse racing industry. His friends in American racing stated their knowledge of him and his attitudes made it impossible to believe the allegations.[27]

Legacy[edit]

Faisal bin Salman announced in 2004 that Prince Ahmad bin Salman Institute for Applied Media Training would be established to train journalists.[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Prince Ahmed bin Salman 1958 - 2002". Horse Races. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Princess Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairy dies". Arab News. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Al Oraifij, Abdullah (3 August 2011). "Sultana, wife of Riyadh Emir, passes away". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sultana bint Ahmad bin Muhammad al Sudairi". Datarabia. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Family Tree of Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kingdom mourns loss of princess". The Siasat Daily. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Prince Ahmad ibn Salman passes away". Arab News. 23 July 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Wharton, David (23 July 2002). "A Charming Prince Is Lost". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Drape, Joe (18 May 2002). "Horse racing; A Prince's Passion finally Pays Off". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Sabri Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. Sharaf Sabri. p. 142. ISBN 978-81-901254-0-6. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Atwan, Abdul Bari; Jihad Khazen (1996). "In the Saudi pocket". Index on Censorship 25 (2): 50–55. doi:10.1080/03064229608536032. 
  13. ^ a b Paulick, Ray (9 August 2001). "Profile of an Owner: Prince Ahmed bin Salman". Blood Horse. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  14. ^ a b William A. Rugh (2004). The Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "İdeological and ownership trends in the Saudi media". Wikileaks. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c "Saudi prince, a top owner o racehorses". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 23 July 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz". Chicago Tribune. 28 July 2002. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Goode, Kristin Ingwell (1 August 2002). "Prince Faisal Salman to Head Thoroughbred Corporation". Blood Horse. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Lawrence, David (1 August 2002). "Faisal to step into the breach". The Racing Post (London). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Prince Ahmad named secretary-general of Prince Fahd charity". Arab News. 31 July 2001. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Family Tree of Ahmad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Noor, Etab (7 August 2013). "Prince Ahmad: A force behind Arab media". Arab News (Riyadh). Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Saudis Mourn 2 Princes". The New York Times. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  24. ^ a b Bradley, John R. (23 July 2002). "Prince Ahmed's cousin killed on way to funeral". USA Today. AP. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Prince dies in car crash on way to Ahmad’s funeral". Arab News. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Second tragedy strikes Saudi Royal Family". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Riyadh). AP. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  27. ^ O'Keeffe, Michael (23 May 2004). "War Emblem owner dead but 9-11 rap has life of its own". NY Daily News. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  28. ^ "Prince Ahmad Institute for Media Training Set Up". Arab News. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 

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