Muhammad bin Fahd
|Muhammed bin Fahd|
|Governor of Eastern Province|
|Predecessor||Abdul Muhsin bin Abdullah Al Jiluwi Al Saud|
|Successor||Saud bin Nayef|
|Spouse||Jawahir bint Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Jawza bint Abdallah bin Abdul Rahman Al Abdul Rahman|
|Born||1950 (age 64–65)
Early life and education
He was mentored by his uncles, late Prince Nayef and Prince Ahmed. Prince Muhammad went to Al Asimah elite school in Riyadh. Then, he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
In 1985, Prince Muhammed was appointed the governor of the Eastern Province and left his business to his younger brother Saud bin Fahd. The province had been governed by the members of the Jiluwi family who are relatives of Al Sauds from the establishment of Saudi Arabia to his appointment. Therefore, in order to avoid any intra-famial dispute, King Fahd firstly appointed Prince Muhammed as acting governor while then governor Abdul Muhsin bin Abdullah Al Jiluwi was undergoing medical treatment. Then, Prince Muhammed replaced him.
In the midst of the Arab Spring in 2011, he arranged several meetings with local elders and community leaders in Qatif to encourage them to prevent young people from protesting. The Prince Muhammad Prize for Scholastic Achievement and Prince Muhammad bin Fahd University in Al Khobar were both named in his honor. At the University of Dammam, there is also Prince Muhammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Center for Research and Consultation Studies.
Prince Muhammed was relieved from his position as the governor of Eastern Province on 14 January 2013 as per his request for Prince Saud bin Nayef. The reason for Prince Muhammad's removal was his limited success in ending the riots in the province.
Muhammed bin Fahd was one of the advisors at the Crown Prince Court. In other words, he was one of the advisors of late Crown Prince Nayef. The other two advisors of the Crown Prince were Mishaal bin Abdullah and Faisal bin Khalid.
Muhammed bin Fahd is a business partner of Al-Bilad Trading Company - a major conglomerate associated with construction and imports. Another of his companies managed telephone upgrade system in Saudi Arabia realized by Bell Canada/ Phillips of the Netherlands.
At the onset of the new millennium, Muhammed bin Fahd was not regarded as a viable candidate for the throne due to his reputation as a high-powered businessman growing wealthy on commissions and his playboy lifestyle. However, later Muhammed bin Fahd, together with Bandar bin Sultan and Muhammad bin Nayef, is reported to be considered as a candidate for the throne when the line of succession passes to the grandsons of King Abdulaziz. He was again mentioned as a possible contender after the death of Prince Nayef on 16 June 2012.
His eldest son, Turki bin Muhammad, is chairman of TAALEM Educational Services Company and vice chairman of Prince Muhammad University (PMU). He is also president of the Founding Committee of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz College for the Visually Impaired.
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