Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi

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Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi
Suliman Alrajhi in Makkah.jpg
Born 1929 (age 88)
Residence Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabia
Occupation Chairman of National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
Net worth $8Billion (2017)
Awards King Faisal International Prize

Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi (Arabic :سليمان بن عبد العزيز الراجحي, born 1929)[1] is a Saudi Arabian corporate figure and billionaire. As of 2011, his wealth was estimated by Forbes to be $7.7 billion, making him the 120th richest person in the world.

He received the 2012 King Faisal International Prize for dedicating half his fortune to charity, starting an Islamic bank, supporting charity work and implementing effective national projects.[2]

Biography[edit]

Sulaiman Al Rajhi was born in Al Bukairiyah, located in Al Qassim province in Saudi Arabia, and grew up in the Nejd desert where he and his brother Saleh began their business by charging money for pilgrims taking camel caravans across the desert to the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi holds the largest individual stake in his family's Al Rajhi Bank, which has consistently reported the most profitable operations amongst all of Saudi Arabia's banking groups. A co-founder of the bank, with older brother, Saleh, he is currently the chairman of what is nationally recognized as the Tadawul's most venerable institution.

The Al Rajhi brothers’ business growth and expansion was fed by the flood of migrant workers to Saudi Arabia during the 1970s oil boom. The Al Rajhis helped them send their earnings home to places like Indonesia and Pakistan. In 1983, the brothers won permission to open Saudi Arabia’s first Islamic bank, one that would observe religious tenets such as a ban on interest.

The Al Rajhi family continue to be Al Rajhi Bank's majority share holders though Sulaiman and his brothers have diversified family investments into gypsum, agriculture, steel, and other industrial sectors.

His higher educational degree was elementary degree. He lives in Saudi Arabia and has at least 23 children.[3]

Philanthropy[edit]

The Al Rajhi family is considered, by most in Saudi Arabia, as the country's wealthiest non-royals, and among the world's leading philanthropists.

He established the Sulaiman Al Rajhi University in his hometown, a non profit university. The university's main focus is on health and Islamic banking, but contains other faculties as well.

In May 2011, he announced he was donating most of his $7.7 billion fortune to charity.[4]

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  1. ^ "اﻟﻤﺆﺳﺲ ﺳﻠﻴﻤﺎﻥ اﻟﺮاﺟﺤﻲ – شركة أوقاف سليمان الراجحي القابضة". www.asrhc.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "King Faisal International Prize". Archived from the original on 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Sulaiman Bin Abdul Al Rajhi". Forbes. 2004. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ Gatenby, Victoria (2011-05-16). "Saudi donates billions to charity". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 

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