Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal

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Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal
photo of Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal
Born (1978-04-21) April 21, 1978 (age 41)[a]
CitizenshipSaudi Arabia
Alma materUniversity of New Haven
OrganizationKBW Investments
RelativesIbn Saud (great grandfather)
Riad Al Solh (great grandfather)
FamilyHouse of Saud

Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud (born April 21, 1978) is a Saudi entrepreneur and investor, and a prince of the House of Saud. The son of Al-Waleed bin Talal, he has been noted for his vegan lifestyle.

Early life and education[edit]

According to his official biography, Khaled was raised in Riyadh.[2] At age 14, he suffered a crushed skull during a jet skiing accident in France, but eventually made a full recovery.[3] He graduated in business from the University of New Haven before going to work for Citigroup.[2][4]


Khaled is the founder and chief executive officer of KBW Investments and KBW Ventures, and founder of property developer Arada.[5][6] Through his companies, he is an investor in Italian crane manufacturer Raimondi, in Beyond Meat, in tech news website TechnoBuffalo and in Square, Inc.[3][7] He has also been an investor in and board member of JUST, Inc.[8] He was named as one of a number of high-profile investors in the $17 million Series A round of investments in lab-grown meat startup Memphis Meats.[9] In 2018, Khaled announced plans to open a chain of 30 vegan restaurants in the Middle East.[10] The same year, he was named "Technology Investor of the Year" at Arabian Business' CEO Middle East awards.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1990s, Khaled was known for his opulence and extensive collection of 200 luxury cars.[3] After participating in a trophy hunt in South Africa, a trip he would later describe as "cowardly", Khaled adopted a more austere lifestyle, ultimately becoming a vegan and disposing of his automobile collection.[3] He has been described as an environmentalist and has called for the abolition of zoos, reportedly purchases carbon offsets for his travel and drives an electric Tesla X P90D.[3]

Khaled is the son of Al-Waleed bin Talal.[12][13] His father was reportedly inspired by his son's adoption of veganism to become a vegan himself.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Khaled". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, founder of KBW Investments". House of Saud. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Uechi, Jenny (February 10, 2017). "Meet the vegan Saudi prince who's turning the lights on in Jordan". National Observer. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Kim, Jeanhee (April 10, 2018). "Saudi prince partners with National Geographic Encounter". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "UAE property developer secures 1 bln dirham loan for mega-project". Reuters. December 28, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Attwood, Ed (October 3, 2016). "The real deal: Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed". Arabian Business. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Mohan, Geoffrey (September 23, 2017). "Firm Aims to Succeed with Clean Meat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2019.(subscription required)
  9. ^ Ghosh, Shona. "Bill Gates and Richard Branson backed a food startup which grows meat in labs". Business Insider. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Halligan, Neil (November 21, 2018). "Prince Khaled plans to open 30 vegan restaurants across the Middle East". Arabian Business. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed honoured at CEO Middle East awards". Arabian Business. September 25, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Alfatlawi, Rosie (January 30, 2018). "Saudi's Prince Al Waleed is Vegan: The Biggest Revelation of the Corruption Probe". Al Bawaba. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Maza, Cristina (April 5, 2018). "Saudi Arabia's Vegan Prince will Bring an Animated Aquarium to Riyadh". Newsweek. Retrieved February 10, 2019.


  1. ^ Date of birth is self-reported.[1]

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