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Reluctance to partake in government may be why Bandar stepped aside from the line of succession. His only government service was as 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 defence and aviation. As a result, a family dispute arose, and Bandar's claim concerning the Defence 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.
His only official position is the Director General of the Interior Ministry. His various business concerns include Tabuk Cement Co. and Riyadh Recreational Hotels Co. Saud's sons have served in both government and military posts. His son, Faisal, was previously deputy governor of Asir Province, and served as the governor of Al-Qassim Region from 1992 to January 2015 when he was appointed governor of Riaydh. Another son, Abdulaziz, was deputy chief of the Intelligence Presidency and his term lasted until 5 October 2012 when he resigned from the post. Bandar's third son, Khalid bin Bandar, served as the president of general intelligence and as the governor of Riyadh Province. He was a lieutenant general and 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 were serving in the royal air force. It is further argued that Mansour declined a posting 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.