Abdulaziz bin Salman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia.svg
Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
In office 2005 – present
Monarch King Abdullah
King Salman
Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
In office July 1995 – 2005
Monarch King Fahd
King Abdullah
Born 1960 (age 55–56)
Spouse Sara bint Khalid bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz
Full name
Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Salman
Mother Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi
Religion Islam

Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: عبد العزيز بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎‎‎) (born 1960) is the assistant oil minister of Saudi Arabia and a member of the House of Saud.

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Abdulaziz was born in 1960.[1] He is the fourth son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz,[2] King of Saudi Arabia. His mother is Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi, who died at age 71 in July 2011.[3][4] She was the daughter of Prince Salman's uncle, Turki bin Ahmad Al Sudairi,[5] who was formerly the governor of Asir Province.[6] Abdulaziz bin Salman is the full brother of late Fahd bin Salman, late Ahmed bin Salman, Sultan bin Salman, Faisal bin Salman and Hussa bint Salman (born 1974).[4][7]

Abdulaziz bin Salman received a science degree in industrial administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.[2] He also holds an MBA in industrial administration from the same university in 1985.[8]


Abdulaziz bin Salman began his career as a lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, followed by a period as an acting director of the research institute there, dealing with energy studies. Later, he served as the manager of the economic and industrial research division at the same institute.[8]

In 1987, he became an advisor at the oil ministry. During his tenure, he is said to have had tense relations with the then minister, Hisham Nazer.[9][10] Prince Abdulaziz was promoted to deputy oil minister in June 1995.[2] He was also appointed undersecratary for petroleum affairs, a body founded in June 1996.[9] In addition, he is the head of the energy rationalization committee.[11]

His term as deputy oil minister lasted until 2005 and he was appointed assistant oil minister.[8][12]


As assistant oil minister, Prince Abdulaziz is regarded as a significant figure in Saudi politics since he deals directly with the Kingdom's major source of income, petroleum. He is said to be popular and has supporters who have benefited from their support of him and his father, King Salman.[9] Prince Abdulaziz is considered to be one of the future key players in Saudi Arabia when the grandsons of Ibn Saud begin to rule the country.[13] He is also considered to be a potential successor to the oil minister, Ali Naimi.[14]

Other roles[edit]

Prince Abdulaziz is a member of the board of governors of the following organizations:[8] Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford Energy Policy Club and the Institute of Petroleum. He is honorary president of the Saudi Economic Association.[8][15] He is also the supervisor-general of the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charity Association for Renal Failure Patients Care.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Abdulaziz bin Salman is married to Sara bint Khalid bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz (born 1966).[2][17]


  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia's succession: Runners, riders, and dynamics". The Gulf Blog. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sabri, Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I.S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0. 
  3. ^ "Princess Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi dies". Arab News. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Kingdom mourns loss of princess". The Siasat Daily. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sultana, wife of Riyadh Emir, passes away". Saudi Gazette. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sultana bint Ahmad bin Muhammad Al Sudairi". Datarabia. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Family Tree of Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz". Gulf Environment Forum. 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Kechichian, Joseph A. (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. Palgrave. 
  10. ^ Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Saudi Arabia looking to reduce domestic electricity consumption" (PDF). OPEC Bulletin XLIV (2). February–March 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Wael Mehdi (1 April 2014). "Saudi Arabia names Naif Al Otaibi Deputy Oil Minister". World Oil News Center. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Al Saud succession challenge". AMEinfo. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Prince Salman Named Saudi 'Crown Prince'". Arab Times (Riyadh). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Chairs Saudi Economic Society Session". SAMIRAD. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman patronizes the medical awareness campaign against renal diseases". Ministry of Health. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Royal Family Directory". Datarabia. Retrieved 23 March 2012.