Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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|Bandar bin Abdulaziz|
|House||House of Saud|
|Born||1923 (age 90–91)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Career and business activities
Saud's only official post to date has been as Director General of the Interior Ministry. His various business concerns include Tabuk Cement Co. and Riyadh Recreational Hotels Co.
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Reluctance to partake in government may reflect why Bandar stepped from the royalty succession. His only governmental service was the director general of the Interior Ministry. The other reason may be that his mother is a Moroccan.
Opposition to Prince Sultan's appointment as second deputy prime minister by King Fahd in 1982 came in particular from two half brothers, Musaid and Bandar, both of whom were older than Sultan, who was reportedly born in 1924. Musaid's reaction was ignored because it was his son who had assassinated King Faisal in 1975. Bandar's interests, however, were more difficult to neglect. Not only did he want to be the next in line but he also wanted Sultan's job as minister of defense and aviation. As a result, a family dispute arose, and Bandar's claim concerning the Defense Ministry was rejected due to the fact that he had no previous administrative experience. As compensation, however, two of his sons were given important jobs: Mansour bin Bandar was made the commander of the Jeddah Air Base and Faisal bin Bandar the governor of Al-Qassim Province.
Saud's sons have served in both governmental and military posts. His son, Faisal, was previously deputy governor of Asir Province. He has been the governor of Al-Qassim Region since 1992. Another son, Abdulaziz, was deputy chief of Intelligence Presidency and his term lasted until 5 October 2012, when he resigned from the post. Bandar's third son, Khalid bin Bandar, is President of General Intelligence and was the governor of Riyadh Province and was previously a Lieutenant general and the commander of the Royal Land Forces. A fourth son, Mansour, is an air force officer. He served as the commander of the F-15 squadron at the Dhahran airbase in early 1980s. It is reported that Mansour had intense business contacts with Turki bin Nasser while both serving in the royal air force. It is further argued that Mansour declined the change of his post as the base commander in Taif due to his business activities in the Eastern Province.
In accordance with both family and tribal tradition, Bandar is believed to enjoy a great deal of influence in the Kingdom.
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