Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: #89 in TIME Magazine’s 2008 Top 100 People in the World

Posted on May 7, 2008


By Riz Khan

As people run around screaming about a clash of civilizations, it is reassuring to spend time with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. He crosses boundaries in a unique way, proudly emphasizing his role as the largest individual foreign investor in the U.S. and mingling with power brokers from business, politics and even entertainment, in the East and the West. The Arab world needs people like him who show that good business can unite the most diverse of cultures and nations. In the mid-’90s, he bailed out Citibank when no one else would step in—including Americans. He has openly condemned terrorism and pushed for reform at home in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East—although he points out with a wry smile that modernization does not have to equal Westernization. The Arab world, he believes, can find a balance that moves it forward without compromising traditions and culture. [more]

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