Ali Al-Naimi

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Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
Assumed office
2 August 1995
Prime Minister King Salman
Preceded by Hisham Nazer
President and CEO, Saudi Aramco
In office
Preceded by John Jacob Kelberer
Succeeded by Abdallah S. Jum'ah
Personal details
Born 1935 (age 80–81)
AlRakah, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Children Reem, Rami, Nada and Mohammad
Residence Dhahran, Saudi Arabia[1]
Alma mater Lehigh University
Stanford University
Religion Islam

Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi (Arabic: علي بن إبراهيم النعيمي‎), born in 1935 is the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Naimi was born in 1935 in ar-Rakah in the Eastern Province.[3] He joined Saudi Aramco in 1947. Under the training programs of Aramco, he studied at International College, Beirut and the American University of Beirut.[4] before going to Lehigh University in the United States. He obtained a bachelor of science in geology in 1962.[5][6] He later earned his masters of science in hydrology and economic geology at Stanford University.[5][6]


After graduation, Naimi rejoined Aramco in 1957. He became the supervisor for the Abqaiq production department in 1969.[5] He was then promoted to assistant director and then director of production in the Northern Province[where?] (1972-1975). He became vice-president of production affairs in 1975. He was appointed vice president of petroleum affairs in 1978.[5] Al Naimi was elected a member of board of directors in 1980 and was promoted to the newly created position of executive vice-president of oil and gas affairs in 1981.[5] He was named president of Saudi Aramco in 1983, being the first Saudi to hold that position. Later, after combining the presidency and chief executive position, he was appointed to each of these roles separately.

He became the minister of petroleum and mineral resources on 2 August 1995, replacing Hisham Nazer.[5][4][7] Naimi was succeeded by Abdullah S. Jum'ah as president and CEO of Aramco.

In December 2010, the Saudi Supreme Petroleum Council, chaired by King Abdullah, asked Naimi to nominate his successor as oil minister.[8]

Other positions[edit]

Naimi is chairman of the board of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).[6]


Naimi was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2008.[6] In 2011, he was included in the 50 Most Influential ranking of Bloomberg Markets Magazine.[9]


  1. ^ "Powerful People: #50 Ali Al-Naimi". Forbes. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources - Saudi Arabia Information
  3. ^ "Ali Ibrahim Al Na'imi". APS Review Oil Market Trends. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Ali bin Ibrahim Al Naimi". SAGIA. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources". SAMIRAD. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al Naimi to speak at commencement". Lehigh University. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Eur (22 November 2002). The Middle East and North Africa 2003. Taylor & Francis. p. 950. ISBN 978-1-85743-132-2. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Saudi considers Naimi's successor as oil minister". Reuters. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "The 50 Most Influential People in Global Finance". Bloomberg. Retrieved 14 October 2012.