Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud

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His Highness
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud
Prince Bader bin Abdullah Al Farhan.jpg
Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia
Assumed office
2 June 2018
Monarch King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Preceded by Position established
Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula
Assumed office
June 2017
Personal details
Born (1985-09-16) September 16, 1985 (age 33)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi
Residence Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud is the first and current Minister of Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is in charge of various key positions directly related to the execution of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Culture, he was the chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Badr was born on September 16, 1985.[1] He studied at King Saud University in Riyadh, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in law.[2]

Business career[edit]

Prince Badr began his career as a business executive and investor with interests in energy, real estate and telecoms.[3]

In December 2015 Prince Badr was appointed chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), one of the largest media publishing companies in the Middle East, which subsequently expanded its operations into the United States and United Kingdom.[4][5][6] Further developments during his tenure included a deal in September 2017 with Bloomberg to launch its first Arabic-language news service, Bloomberg Al Arabiya; followed by the acquisition the following month of a 51% stake in the Saudi online financial news service Argaam.[7][8]

Government positions[edit]

Royal Commission for Al-Ula[edit]

In June 2017 Prince Badr was appointed as governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, a newly established body to develop the 2,000 year-old historical site of Al-Ula, in Madinah province, into a cultural attraction.[9] In April the following year he signed an agreement with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian to involve French expertise in the restoration of Al-Ula over a ten-year period.[10][11]

Minister of Culture and other positions[edit]

In April 2018 Prince Badr was appointed to the board of the General Authority for Culture, the government body responsible for promoting Saudi culture as part of the country’s Vision 2030 program.[12]

On 2 June 2018 Prince Badr was appointed as Saudi Arabia’s first Minister of Culture and stepped down as chairman of SRMG.[13][14] The Ministry of Culture’s mandate is to advance the cultural programs within Saudi Vision 2030.[2] In his first official statement, Prince Badr said the ministry would seek to enhance Saudi identity and would support the efforts of young people in creative fields.[15]

Salvator Mundi[edit]

On December 8, 2017, it was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi would be available for public view at the Louvre Abu Dhabi following its final acquisition by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism in the UAE.[16][17] On the previous day, it had been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Prince Badr had acted as an intermediary for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the purchase of the painting the previous month.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who is the new Saudi Minister of Culture?". CNN Arabic. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Who is the new Saudi culture minister and why was the ministry established?". Al Arabiya. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (6 December 2017). "Mystery Buyer of $450 Million 'Salvator Mundi' Was a Saudi Prince". New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Prince Badr SRMG chairman". Arab News. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ "SRMG Chairman Inaugurates New Headquarters in London". Asharq Al-Awsat. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Arab News owner SRMG inaugurates office in Washington's National Press Building". Arab News. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Bloomberg and Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) Sign Agreement to Launch 'Bloomberg Al Arabiya'". Bloomberg. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ "SRMG buys key stake in Saudi financial news service Argaam". Trade Arabia. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ "A number of royal orders issued". Saudi Press Agency. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Riyadh, Paris Agree to Develop Al-Ula Province". Asharq Al-Awsat. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ Bukhamseen, Aqeel. "Historic Saudi region to be developed with French partnership". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Allies of Saudi crown prince appointed to board of new culture authority". Reuters. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  13. ^ Ghanem, Khaoula (3 June 2018). "Saudi Arabia Has Appointed its First Minister of Culture". Vogue Arabia. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  14. ^ Kalin, Stephen; Rashad, Marwa (2 June 2018). "Saudi Arabia names businessman as labor minister, boosts culture and environment". Reuters. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr makes first official statement". Al Arabiya. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  16. ^ Shaheen, Kareem (8 December 2018). "Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Abu Dhabi bought world's most expensive painting". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ Bayoumy, Yara (8 December 2017). "Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's". Reuters. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  18. ^ Harris, Shane; Crow, Kelly; Said, Summer (7 December 2017). "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Identified as Buyer of Record-Breaking da Vinci". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 August 2018.