King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth & life story

  • Source of Wealth: Oil (King of Saudi Arabia)
  • Birth Place: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Height: 1.8 m (5′ 11″)
  • Weight: 68 kg (150 lbs)
  • Marital Status: Married (Sheikha bint Fahd Al-Abod, Tarifa Al-Faysal Al-Hamood Al-Ebied Al Rasheed, Munira bint Abdullah Al Al Shaykh, Moda bint Mohammed bin Falah Al Magfa, Mashaael bint Bandar Bin Faysal Al-Dawish, Sultana bint Abdel-Aziz Al-Ahmad Al-Sidiri, Malika bint Saud bin Zied Al-Garba, Hessa bint Tarad Al-Shaalan, Hayfaa bint Mhana bin Abdel-Rahman Al Mhana, Amsha’ bint Khalil bint Karmalah, Jawahir bint Ali Hussein, Norah bint Agamy Al-Mnekhar, Hessa bint Abdullah bin Abel-Rahman Al Saud, Bayena bint Mohammed bin Nayef Al-hathlen, Hessa bint Maniaa bin Jumaah, Tadei bint Mashaan Al-Faysal Al-Garba, Aida Fistak, Norah bint Lafy Bin Al-Shareem, Al-Anoud Daham Al-Bakheet Al-Fayez, Mounira bint Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Otaishan)
  • Full Name: Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Nationality: Arabian
  • Date of Birth: August 1, 1924
  • Ethnicity: Arab
  • Occupation: King of Saudi Arabia
  • Education: Early education at the Royal Court
  • Children: 22 (Mishaal, Mutaib, Turki, Khaled, Adila, Abdulaziz, Faisal, Sahab, Mansour, Mashhor, Saad, Badr, Fahda, Saud, Sarah, Mohammed, Sayta, Hala, Al-Hnof, Nof, Anoud, Jawahir, Sahar, Maged, Haifaa, Madawi, Aliya, Sehab, Sultan, Oraib, Maha, Maryam, Nayfa, Abeer, Basma, Rima)

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2005 until his death in 2015. He ascended to the throne last August 1, 2005, after his half-brother, King Fahd, died. He had a net worth of $18 billion.

Like Fahd, Abdullah was one of Ibn Saud’s many sons. Ibn was the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, and he held lots of prominent political posts throughout his life. His first public office was being the mayor of Mecca in 1961. The next year, he became the appointed commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. He held this post when he became king. He also became the deputy defense minister and named as the crown prince after Fahd took the throne in 1982. When King Fahd suffered a severe stroke in 1995, Abdullah became Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler for a decade.

He maintained close relations with the United States and the United Kingdom and bought billions of defense equipment from them. He allowed the women to vote for municipal councils and compete in the Olympics. Abdullah maintained his status quo even if there were waves of protest in the kingdom during Arab Spring. Last November 2013, a BBC report claimed that Saudi Arabia might get nuclear weapons from Pakistan because of their close relations.

The King was able to outlive his two crown princes, so he named Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the 76-year-old defense minister, as crown prince. There were various reports that Abdullah married up to thirty times and had more than 35 children. His fortune is at $18 billion which makes him the third wealthiest head of state in the world. He died on January 23, 2015, at the age of 90. It happened after he got hospitalized for three weeks for pneumonia. His half-brother, Salman of Saudi Arabia, succeeded him as king.