The Saudi Arabian monarchy is shrouded in mystery. One thing everyone knows: the Crown Prince is one of the most powerful men in the world.
At 37, Mohammed bin Salman effectively leads the country after his father Salman, 86, is weakened by Alzheimer’s disease.
Prince has the planet’s second largest oil reserves (second only to Venezuela) and one of the largest natural gas reserves. This gives him immeasurable influence.
At your command, barrels can increase or decrease oil production. As a result, it affects international prices and affects the largest economies such as the United States and the European Union.
Recently, U.S. President Joe Biden said he would cut daily productivity after the country announced it might renegotiate its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The cuts could raise fuel prices and consequently shake the Democratic Party’s popularity. With such meddling power, the Saudi prince sends a chill through the White House.
When he took over the reigns of the kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman sold the image of a reformer. Hopes arose that he would loosen oppressive laws based on a strict version of Islam – especially regarding women.
After a while, he was seen as authoritarian and dangerous. He got involved in some controversies. The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was one of the worst. From the royal family, she became one of Salman’s most vocal critics.
In October 2018, he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and was never seen again. A US government investigation indicated that the crown prince may have authorized the death. The kingdom refuses.
Mohammed was also accused of trying to spy on the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, owner of e-commerce giant Amazon and space exploration company Blue Origin, one of the world’s richest men.
The aim would be to gather compromising information to pressure him to stop his newspaper, ‘The Washington Post’, from continuing to publish negative stories about the Saudi monarchy.
Mohammed has a beautiful side. A football fan, he heads an investment fund that bought English team Newcastle in 2021. The club had not won the Premier League since 1909.
At $18 billion, roughly R$95 billion (his family’s assets equal R$7.4 trillion), the crown prince also owns the most expensive house on the planet.
This is Chateau Louis XIV in Louveciennes near Paris. A castle that mirrors the opulent luxury of the nearby Palace of Versailles. The 7,000 square meter property was purchased in 2015 for €275 million.
Mohammed bin Salman’s biography also includes a surprising friendship with American actress Lindsay Lohan, famous for her controversial behavior in the youth classic ‘Mean Girls’.
In 2019, international press reported that the two were ‘very close’. The trigger fell like a bombshell: the Arab prince was married and the father of 4 children.
Bad words say Hollywood’s redhead has won an unlimited fan credit card. The monarchy denied its prince a dangerous connection with the disturbing artist.
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