Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Bio
Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud is famous for being the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. At present, he is serving the nation as deputy prime minister and is also the chairman of Council of Political and Security Affairs, Council for Economic and Development Affairs and minister of defense. He recently came to headline in June 2017, when he was crowned with the title of prince of Saudi Arabia after removing Muhammad bin Nayef from the title by King Salman. He is being referred as a pragmatic on domestic issues and keen on aggressively countering Iran.
Mohammad was born on 31st August, 1985 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan bin Hathleen al-Ajmi. He is the eldest among his siblings; Turki bin Salman and Khalid bin Salman. In education, he holds a bachelor degree in law from King Saud University.
Before opting for the position as personal aide to his father he spent out several years in the private sector. Here he joined as secretary general of the Riyadh Competitive Council, became member of the board of trustees for the Albir Society for development and became special advisor to the chairman of the board for the King Abdulaziz Foundation. He well established his image even in the philanthropic work by starting the MiSK Foundation encouraging start-ups in the country through cultivating learning and leadership of Saudi youth. His work was appreciated by the Forbes Middle East in 2013.
Looking on his political career, he started up very early by serving as full-time advisor to the council of Ministers in 2007 followed by becoming special advisor to his father in 2009. He became defence minister in January 2015 and was named the deputy crown prince. He is well known for taking a lead on matters like Operation Decisive Storm, a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Houthi rebels and also for his aggressive foreign policy on Iran just after two months of being crowned. In November 2017, he worked on anti-corruption purge and this decision detained around four ministers, 11 princes and several high profile entrepreneurs. He has also worked on making some useful changes in economy of the country like lifting the 35 year ban on cinemas and working on a new programme called Vision 2030 under which $500bn plan is announced to create a business and industrial zone extending across borders into Jordon and Egypt.
He married Princess Sarah bint Mashhoor bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2008 and together have three children.
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