Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Mutaib bin Abdulaziz
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs
In office 1980–2009
Predecessor Majid bin Abdulaziz
Successor Mansour bin Mutaib
Monarch King Khalid
King Fahd
King Abdullah
Minister of Public Works and Housing
In office 1975-1980
Predecessor Office established
Successor Muhammed bin Ibrahim Al Jarallah[1]
Monarch King Khalid
Governor of Makkah province
In office 1958-1961
Predecessor Faisal bin Abdulaziz
Successor Abdullah bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Monarch King Saud
Full name
Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Shahida
Born 1931 (age 82–83)
Riyadh
Religion Islam

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: متعب بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎, Mutʿib bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl Suʿūd) (born 1931) is a senior member of the Saudi royal family and one of King Abdullah's allies.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Mutaib was born in Riyadh in 1931.[3] He is the seventeenth son of King Abdulaziz.[4] He is the full brother of Prince Mansour (1921 – 1951),[5] Prince Mishaal and Princess Qumash who died on 26 September 2011.[6] Their mother was an Armenian, Shahida (died 1938), who reportedly was one of the King Abdulaziz's favorite wives.[5][7][8]

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz received primary and secondary education in Riyadh. Then, he went to California for university education.[4]

Career[edit]

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz served as deputy minister of defense from 1951 to 1956 when his full brother Mishaal bin Abdulaziz was the minister. Prince Muatib served as governor of Makkah province from 1958 to 1961.[9] He and his older brother Mishaal were ousted from the office by King Saud, but they were given official power in 1963 by King Faisal, who entrusted them the deputy governorship and key governorship, respectively. Interestingly, both resigned from their posts in 1971 for reasons that are not entirely clear.[5]

Then, Mutaib bin Abdulaziz joined the Saudi cabinet at the end of 1975[10] and served as minister of public works and housing until1980. He is the first minister of public works and housing since it was first founded in this year.[11][12] His appointment and Prince Majid's appointment as minister of municipal and rural affairs by King Khalid were a move to reduce the power of Sudairi Seven in the cabinet.[12]

Later, Prince Mutaib served as minister of municipal and rural affairs from 1980 to 2009.[13] He resigned from office and his son Prince Mansour succeeded him in the aforementioned post in November 2009.[14] Prince Mutaib is generally believed to be corrupt.[15]

Business activities[edit]

Prince Mutaib is reported to have benefited from all land projects in Saudi Arabia. He had this right as a result of his claim that his father, King Abdulaziz, had promised him the entire rights of the Kingdom's fishery revenues. Then, the National Fisheries Company was founded by the House of Saud and he became a partner of it.[16] Prince Mutaib is shareholder of the real-estate company, Société Générale d'Entreprises Touristiques which is chaired by Walid Saab.[17] He also has a beverage firm.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz currently lives in the Trump Tower in New York City, where he owns an entire floor of the building.[19] His son, Prince Mansour, is the minister of municipal and rural affairs since 2009.

Prince Mutaib was the custodian of Prince Talal bin Mansour (born 1951), who is the son of his late brother Prince Mansour.[20] Prince Mutaib's daughter Princess Nouf married Prince Talal.[20] She died in Riyadh at the age of 34 in February 2001.[21]

In 2013, Prince Mutaib was the 98th richest Arab in the world with the net worth of US $ 110.1 million.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cordesman, Anthony H. (2003). Saudi Arabia enters the 21st century. Westport: Praeger. 
  2. ^ "Further Prince Sultan succession speculation". Gulf States Newsletter 33 (845). 16 January 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Council of Ministers". Saudia Online. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "متعب بن عبد العزيز آل سعود". Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Kechichian, Joseph A (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. Palgrave. 
  6. ^ "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques performs funeral prayer on the soul of Princess Gumash bint Abdulaziz". Riyadh Municipality. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Biography of Shahida". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Simon (August 2009). "After King Abdullah" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "ثمانية أمراء من آل سعود يتبوأون منصب أمير منطقة مكة المكرمة (Eight princes of Al Saud In the position of governor of Makkah Region)". Alsharq Alawsat. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Salameh, Ghassane; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  11. ^ De Marino, Don (1979). "Royal factionism and Saudi foreign policy". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Abir, Mordechai (1988). Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era: Regime and Elites: Conflict and Collaboration. Kent: Croom Helm. 
  13. ^ Hertog, Steffen (2010). Princes, brokers, and bureaucrats: Oil and the state in Saudi Arabia. Cornell University Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8014-4781-5. 
  14. ^ "Saudi succession developments". Foreign Reports Inc. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "02RIYADH001471". Guardiangate. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Saudi royal wealth: Where do they get all that money?". Wikileaks. 1996. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Summerland's ‘the village’ unveiled". Business News. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "The World Richest Arabs 2013". Forbes Middle East. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Bukszpan, Daniel (28 April 2011). "How Donald Trump's Homes Have Boosted His Wealth". CNBC. 
  20. ^ a b Sharif, Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia,. New Delhi: I. S. Publication. ISBN 81-901254-0-0. 
  21. ^ "Princess Nouf bint Miteb passes away". Arab News. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 13 April 2013.