Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: متعب بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, Mutʿib bin ʿAbd al ʿAzīz Āl Suʿūd) (1931 – 2 December 2019) was a senior member of the Saudi royal family and since the death of his half brother Prince Bandar in July 2019 was the oldest surviving son of King Abdulaziz.

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs
In office1980–2009
PredecessorMajid bin Abdulaziz
SuccessorMansour bin Mutaib
MonarchKing Khalid
King Fahd
King Abdullah
Minister of Public Works and Housing
In office1975–1980
PredecessorOffice established
SuccessorMuhammed bin Ibrahim Al Jarallah
MonarchKing Khalid
Governor of Makkah Region
In office1958–1961
PredecessorFaisal bin Abdulaziz
SuccessorAbdullah bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
MonarchKing Saud
Riyadh, Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd
Died2 December 2019 (aged 87–88)
HouseAl Saud
FatherKing Abdulaziz

Early life and education edit

Prince Mutaib was born in Riyadh in 1931[1] as the seventeenth son of King Abdulaziz. He was the full brother of Prince Mansour,[2] Prince Mishaal and Princess Qumash.[3] Their mother, Shahida (died 1938), was an Armenian and reportedly one of King Abdulaziz's favorite wives.[2][4][5]

Prince Mutaib received a bachelor's degree in political science in the USA in 1955.[6]

Career edit

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz served as deputy minister of defense from 1951 to 1956[2] when his full brother Mishaal bin Abdulaziz was the minister. Prince Mutaib served as governor of Makkah province from 1958 to 1961.[7] He was one of the confidants of Abdullah Tariki when the latter was serving as the Saudi oil minister.[8] He and Mishaal bin Abdulaziz were ousted from the office by King Saud.[2] They both returned to the official offices in 1963 when Crown Prince Faisal entrusted them with the governorship.[2] However, both resigned from their posts in 1971 for reasons that are not entirely clear.[2]

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz rejoined the Saudi cabinet at the end of 1975[9] and served as minister of public works and housing until 1980. He became the first minister of public works and housing when it was first founded by King Khalid in this year.[10] His appointment and Prince Majid's appointment as minister of municipal and rural affairs by King Khalid were a move to reduce the power of Sudairi Seven in the cabinet.[10] Prince Mutaib's term ended in 1980, and he was replaced by Muhammed bin Ibrahim Al Jarallah in the post.[11]

Later, Prince Mutaib served as minister of municipal and rural affairs from 1980 to 2009.[12] He resigned from office, and his son Prince Mansour succeeded him in the aforementioned post in November 2009.[13]

Business activities edit

Prince Mutaib was reported to have benefited from all land projects in Saudi Arabia. He had this right as a result of his claim that his father, King Abdulaziz, had promised him the entire rights of the Kingdom's fishery revenues. The National Fisheries Company was founded by the House of Saud, and he became a partner of it.[14] Prince Mutaib was a shareholder of the real-estate company, Société Générale d'Entreprises Touristiques, which was chaired by Walid Saab.[15] He also had a beverage firm.[16]

Personal life edit

Mutaib bin Abdulaziz lived in later years in the Trump Tower in New York City where he owned an entire floor of the building.[17]

Prince Mutaib had ten children, two sons and eight daughters.[6] He was the custodian of Prince Talal bin Mansour (born 1951), who is the son of his brother Prince Mansour.[18] Prince Mutaib's daughter Princess Nouf married Prince Talal.[18] She died in Riyadh at the age of 34 in February 2001.[19]

As of 2013 Prince Mutaib was the 98th richest Arab in the world with the net worth of US $110.1 million.[16]

Prince Mutaib died on 2 December 2019.[20] Funeral prayer was held at the Great Mosque of Mecca the next day.[21][22]

Ancestry edit

References edit

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Joseph A. Kéchichian (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 11. ISBN 9780312238803.
  3. ^ "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques performs funeral prayer on the soul of Princess Gumash bint Abdulaziz". Riyadh Municipality. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Biography of Shahida". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  5. ^ Simon Henderson (August 2009). "After King Abdullah" (PDF). Washington Institute. Archived from the original (Policy Paper) on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b "تعرف على الأمير متعب بن عبد العزيز بن عبد الرحمن آل سعود". Youm7 (in Arabic). 2 December 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  7. ^ "ثمانية أمراء من آل سعود يتبوأون منصب أمير منطقة مكة المكرمة (Eight princes of Al Saud in the position of governor of Makkah Region)". Al Sharq Al Awsat. 18 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  8. ^ Summer Scott Huyette (1984). Political Adaptation in Saudi Arabia: A Study of the Council of Ministers (PhD thesis). Columbia University. p. 135. ProQuest 303285259.
  9. ^ Ghassane Salameh; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. doi:10.2307/3010946. JSTOR 3010946.
  10. ^ a b Mordechai Abir (1988). Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era: Regime and Elites: Conflict and Collaboration. Kent: Croom Helm. p. 138. ISBN 9780709951292.
  11. ^ Anthony H. Cordesman (2003). Saudi Arabia enters the 21st century. Westport, CT: Praeger. p. 136. ISBN 9780275980917.
  12. ^ Steffen Hertog (2010). Princes, brokers, and bureaucrats: Oil and the state in Saudi Arabia. Ithaca, NY; London: Cornell University Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8014-4781-5.
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  14. ^ "Saudi royal wealth: Where do they get all that money?". Wikileaks. 1996. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Summerland's 'the village' unveiled". Business News. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  16. ^ a b "The World Richest Arabs 2013". Forbes Middle East. Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  17. ^ Heather Timmons (8 December 2015). "Wealthy Muslims helped Donald Trump build his empire". Quartz. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  18. ^ a b Sabri Sharif (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I. S. Publication. p. 151. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  19. ^ "Princess Nouf bint Miteb passes away". Arab News. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Saudi King's brother Prince Mutaib dies: notification". Geo News. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Saudi Arabia's Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud dies". Arab News. 2 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Turkey offers condolences over death of Saudi royal". Hurriyet Daily News. 4 December 2019.