Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Date of Birth August 1, 1924
Place of Birth Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date of Death Jan 23, 2015 (90)
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Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from the death of his half-brother, King Fahd, on 1 August 2005 until his own death in 2015. Abdullah, like Fahd, was one of the many sons of Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. Abdullah held important political posts throughout most of his adult life. In 1961 he became mayor of Mecca, his first public office. The following year, he was appointed commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a post he was still holding when he became king. He also served as deputy defense minister and was named crown prince when Fahd took the throne in 1982. After King Fahd suffered a serious stroke in 1995, Abdullah became the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia until ascending the throne a decade later. During his reign he maintained close relations with United States and United Kingdom and bought billions of dollars worth of defense equipment from both states.

Predecessor: Fahd
Successor: Salman
Heir(s) apparent: Sultan (2005–11), Nayef (2011–12), Salman (2012–15)
Born: August 1, 1924, Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd, (now Saudi Arabia)
Died: January 23, 2015, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Burial: 23 January 2015, Al Oud cemetery, Riyadh
House: House of Saud
Father: Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia
Mother: Fahda Al Shuraim
Religion: Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

About Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Former Saudi Arabian King who took the throne in August of 2005. He was one of the richest royals in the world, according to Forbes in 2011, worth an estimated $20 billion.

Before Fame

He served as Commander of the Saudi National Guard, Second Deputy Prime Minister, and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia before becoming King.

Achievement

He received a 2012 United Nations gold medal for his promotion of world peace and cross-cultural understanding.

Family Life

He married more than thirty wives and fathered nearly fifty children.

Associations

He entered into a peaceful, interfaith dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

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