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) 21 April 1978 (age 42)[a]
HouseSaud
FatherAl-Waleed bin Talal
MotherDalal bint Saud
OccupationBusinessman

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud (born 21 April 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. He is a grandson of King Saud of Saudi Arabia from his mother's side and is a great-grandson of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from both his mother and father's side.

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]

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

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

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