Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Prince Faisal Bin Salman is the fifth son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz. He was born in Jeddah, on 25 December to Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi.
The young prince showed early promise as a scholar and studied political science at the prestigious King Saud University. Prince Faisal then proceeded to attain PhD on his thesis paper “Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Power Politics in Transition 1968-1971” from Oxford University in 1999. The highly professional Prince took up teaching position as professor of political science at King Saud University. This is in line with his love for studies and the need to impart knowledge and skills to members of the royal family, most of whom attend this University.
Business & Horse Racing
Prince Faisal developed a keen interest in horse racing, speninding a great deal of his spare time in the corridors of race courses in Britain. He owns the Belgrave Bloodstock horse training facility in the UK, and took over leadership of of The Thoroughbred Corporation from his deceased brother Prince Ahmed in 2002. The prince hires and maintains ties with the best trainers of his flock of horses from Britain. His horses take part in world class horse racing competitions abroad. “In 2002, Faisal bin Salman had 12 horses in training, with Paul Cole, Sir Mark Prescott and John Gosden in England; Aidan O’Brien in Ireland; Jean-Claude Rouget in France; and Julio Canini and Graham Motion in the United States,” online report on his horse racing business reveals.
The prince also has an interest in publishing, he owns Arab News, Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Eqtisadiah. These are three publications belonging to the Saudi Research and Publishing Company, an affiliate of SRMG. In addition, “Islamic finance magazine and translations of Italy’s design magazine Domus,” is also published by this company. and plans are under-way to publish other translations such as Better Homes and Gardens by the SR&PC.
Other Key Appointments
Prince Faisal became a council member of The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) from 2009. He chairs the board of social responsibility in Riyadh as well as the executive committee of “Ensan Society.” This committee undertakes various support programs for orphans in the region.
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Prince Faisal won the 1995 Cherry Hinton Stakes with his Applaud horse, bred and sold mares for substantial amounts of money. He is currently racing his bread Aussie Rules in Kentucky in cooperation with Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor.
Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the largest media conglomerate in the Middle East, North and Central Africa. This position fell vacant following the death of his brother Prince Ahmed.
Being a consummate professional, the Prince established the school of journalism to equip content writers for his publications and stay relevant in the field through research and reporting. Essentially, the Prince was an irreplaceable asset to the Royal Family since he also chaired Jadwa Investment, “a Riyadh-based leading Saudi investment bank.”
Scaling the Ladder of Success
Prince Faisal relinquished SRMG chair position to his half-brother Turki bin Salman to take up appointment as Governor of Madinah Province on the rank of Minister from Abdulaziz bin Majid.
Awards and Recognitions
Prince Faisal bin Salman has many accolades and has earned education recognition as a renowned scholar in the Arab world. He scooped the coveted “The Man of the Year 2004 in business” awarded by Arabian Business in 2004.
He was also named Media Personality of the Year by the Arab Media Forum in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the fast changing face of publishing industry in the world.