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بدأ الوليد بن طـلال مزاولة نشاطاته الاستثمارية عند عودته إلى السعودية بعد حصوله على درجة البكالوريوس في إدارة الأعمال من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية عام 1979 وأسس في حينها العديد من المشاريع تحت مظلة "مؤسسة المملكة للتجارة والمقاولات" التي حققت نمواً سـريعاً بالتركيز على أعمال الإنشاء وتطوير البنية التحتية والمشاريع العقارية. وتنوعت أعمال المؤسسة فأصبحت تمتلك استثمارات في قطاعات متعددة. وفي عام 1996 تم تحويل المؤسسة إلى شركة المملكة القابضة التي تقوم بإدارة استثمارات متنوعة في مجالات البنوك المحلية والعالمية، والإنتاج الإعلامي ومحطات التلفزيون الفضائية، وصناعة الفنادق والترفيه والسياحة، وأعمال تطوير العقارات والمشاريع الإنشائية، وصناعة الإلكترونيات، وصناعة معدات الكومبيوتر وإنتاج برامجه، ومجال الإنترنت والتجارة الإلكترونية، وقطاع التجارة والمتاجر الفاخرة، والأسواق المركزية، وتصنيع السيارات والمعدات الثقيلة، والمشاريع الزراعية
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Business interests
Al-Waleed began his business career in 1979 upon graduation from Menlo College. The Prince's activities as an investor came to prominence when he bought a substantial tranche of shares in Citicorp in the 1990s when that firm was in difficulties. With an initial investment of $550 million ($2.98 a share after adjusting for stock splits, acquisitions and spin-offs, according to Bloomberg calculations) to bail out Citibank caused by underperforming American real estate loans and Latin American businesses, his holdings in Citigroup now comprise for about $1 billion. His investments in Citibank earned him the title of Saudi Warren Buffett.

Although his stake in Citibank once accounted for approximately half of his wealth, by January 2009. At the end of 1990 he bought 4.9% of Citicorp’s existing common shares for $207m ($12.46 per share)—the most that he could without being legally obliged to declare his interest. In February 1991, as American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia were preparing for war with Iraq, the prince spent $590m buying new preferred shares, convertible into common shares at $16 each. This amounted to a further 10% of Citicorp and took his stake to 14.9%.[3] In January 2008, the Prince participated—together with the Singapore government investment corporation and other investors—in a $12.5 Billion capital raise, in an unsuccessful effort to shore up Citi's capital position, but the value of these shares continued to plunge.

Later, he also made large investments in AOL, Apple Inc., MCI Inc., Motorola, News Corporation Ltd and other technology and media companies.

His real estate holdings have included large stakes in the Four Seasons hotel chain and the Plaza Hotel in New York. He sold half of his shares in the latter in August 2004. He has made investments in London's Savoy Hotel and Monaco's Monte Carlo Grand Hotel. He currently holds a 10% stake in Euro Disney SCA, the organization which manages and maintains the Disneyland Resort Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France.

In January 2005, Al-Waleed purchased the Savoy Hotel in London for an estimated GBP £250 million, to be managed by Fairmont Hotels, in which Al-Waleed owns an estimated 16% stake. In January 2006, in partnership with the U.S. real estate firm Colony Capital, Kingdom Holding acquired Toronto, CA-based Fairmont Hotels for an estimated $3.9 billion.

As of 2008, there are plans for the $10 billion construction of the Tallest Building in the World, a supertall skyscraper to be the tallest in the world, at one mile (1609 m) in height.
 

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الأمير الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود ولد في الرياض عاصمة المملكة العربية السعودية في 7 مارس 1955 وهو الإبن الثاني للأمير طلال بن عبد العزيز، رجل أعمال سعودي يعد من أكبر المستثمرين في العالم. صنفته مجلة فوربس الأمريكية عام 2009 في الترتيب 22 من أغنى أغنياء العالم بثروة قدرتها ب 13.3 مليار دولار ، جدّه لوالده هو الملك عبد العزيز آل سعود مؤسس المملكة العربية السعودية، وجده لأمه هو رياض الصلح رئيس أول حكومة استقلالية في لبنان.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud ( born 7 March 1955) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family. He is the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. An entrepreneur and international investor, he has amassed a fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market.

As of August 2009 his net worth is estimated at US$16.3 billion, down from $21 billion, according to the Arabian Business rich list published August 29, 2009. He is ranked by Forbes as the 22nd richest person in the world. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett

 

 

 

 

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