Muhammad Khashoggi

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Mohammed Khashoggi
Giving an award in an award ceremony at a furniture factory in Condas in Beirut, Lebanon, owned by his son Essam Khashoggi
BornMuhammed Halit Kaşıkçı
Died1978 (aged 88–89)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
NationalitySaudi Arabian
OccupationPhysician to the King of Saudi Arabia

Muhammad Khaled Khashoggi (Arabic: محمد خالد خاشقجي‎; 1889–1978), also spelt as Mohamed Khaled Khashoggi,[1] was a Saudi Arabian medical doctor. He was King Abdulaziz Al Saud's personal doctor.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Khashoggi was of Turkish origin,[3] and his family originally lived in Kayseri. Their family surname means "spoon maker" (Kaşıkçı) in the Turkish language.[1] He was married to Samiha Ahmed (Setti) and had six children, Adnan Khashoggi, Samira Khashoggi, Essam Khashoggi, Adil Khashoggi, Assia Khashoggi, and Soheir Khashoggi. His grandchildren include Dodi Fayed, Emad Khashoggi and Jamal Khashoggi.


Khashoggi was expelled from Medina along with his family and brother Abdullah Khashoggi, who was working as a Muhtasib, by the members of the Committee of Union and Progress during the Siege of Medina in 1918 whereupon they settled in Damascus. Later on, he studied medicine in Damascus and became a surgeon. He then went to Paris to study radiation therapy, then to Mecca to open his private clinic.

He moved to Riyadh to work at the Ministry of Health where he brought in Egyptian doctors to work in Saudi Arabia. In the 1970s, he went to live in Beirut, Lebanon, but left shortly afterwards for London in 1974 after the emergence of the Lebanese Civil War. Eventually, he went back to Riyadh where he died while undergoing surgery. He was buried in Medina.


  1. ^ a b Kessler, Ronald (1987), Khashoggi: the rise and fall of the world's richest man, Corgi, p. 41, ISBN 978-0552130608
  2. ^ Aburish, Said K. (2013). The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud: With an Updated Preface. Bloomsbury. p. 263. ISBN 978-1408834695.
  3. ^ "Who Is Jamal Khashoggi? A Saudi Insider Who Became an Exiled Critic". Bloomberg. October 10, 2018.