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Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Bandar bin Abdulaziz
Full name
Bandar bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Bazzah
Born 1923 (age 90–91)
Riyadh
Religion Islam

Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (born 1923) is the eldest living son of King Abdulaziz.

Early life

Bandar bin Abdulaziz was born in Riyadh in 1923.[1][2] However, Talal Kapoor reports his birth year as 1921.[3] His mother was a Syrian or a Moroccan woman, Bazzah (died 1940).[4][5]

His full brother is late Prince Fawwaz. Bandar is the eleventh son of King Abdulaziz.[6]

Career and business activities

Prince Bandar's only official post was directory general of the Interior Ministry. He has many varied business activities, including Tabuk Cement Co. and Riyadh Recreational Hotels Co.[1]

Succession

Reluctance to partake in government may reflect why Bandar stepped from the royalty succession. His only governmental service was the director general of the Interior Ministry.[1] The other reason may be that his mother is a Moroccan.[7]

Controversy

However, these facts do not mean that Prince Bandar caused family disputes in relation to succession. Opposition to Prince Sultan's appointment as second deputy prime minister by King Fahd in 1982 came in particular from two half brothers, Prince Musaid and Prince Bandar, both of whom were older than Prince Sultan, who was reportedly born in 1924.[7]

Negative reaction of Prince Musaid was ignored because it was his son who had assassinated King Faisal in 1975. But, the interests of Prince Bandar were harder to neglect. Not only did he want to be the next in line but he also wanted to have Prince Sultan's job as minister of defense and aviation.[7] As a result, a family dispute arose, and Bandar bin Abdulaziz's claim concerning the Defense Ministry was ultimately rejected due to the fact that he had no previous administrative experience. However, as compensation, two of his sons were given important jobs: Mansour bin Bandar was made the commander of the Jeddah Air Base and Faisal bin Bandar the governor of Al-Qassim Province.[7]

Personal life

Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz's sons have served in both governmental and military posts. His son, Prince Faisal, was previously deputy governor of Asir Province.[8] He has been the governor of Al-Qassim Province since 1992.

Another son Prince Abdulaziz was deputy chief of Intelligence Presidency and his term lasted until 5 October 2012 when he resigned from the post.[9][10][11] Prince Bandar's third son, Khalid bin Bandar, is the governor of the Riyadh Province[12] and was previously a Lieutenant general and the commander of the Royal Land Forces.[13][14] A fourth son, Prince Mansour, is an air force officer.[7] He served as the commander of the F-15 squadron at the Dhahran airbase in early 1980s.[8] It is reported that Prince Mansour had intense business contacts with Prince Turki bin Nasser while both serving in the royal air force. It is further argued that Mansour bin Bandar declined the change of his post as the base commander in Taif due to his business activities in the Eastern Province.[8]

In accordance with both family and tribal tradition, Bandar bin Abdulaziz is believed to enjoy a great deal of influence in the Kingdom.[15]

References

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