Alwaleed bin Talal is known as “the Warren Buffet of the Gulf”. The 32 year old Saudi Prince is worth an estimated $20 billion. He was arrested Saturday as part of a corruption investigation involving money laundering. According to the Times, the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh was subsequently evacuated, possibly to house the arrested royals, and the airport for private planes shuttered, presumably to stop anyone from fleeing the country. Most Americans have no idea who he is, but they should. He controls Citibank, Twitter, News Corp, Lyft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co Inc, McDonald`s Corp, Apple Computer Inc., Motorola, AOL Time Warner, Saks Inc., EuroDisney, Walt Disney Company, and…. … BARACK OBAMA. Read more for details…
Prince Alwaleed controls the investment firm Kingdom Holding and is one of the world’s richest men, owning or having owned meaningful positions in satellite TV networks, as well as in News Corp. (a stake it has since mostly sold), Citigroup (shares of which it has owned since 1991), and a growing number of tech companies, including Twitter. The prince and Kingdom Holding, of which he owns 95 percent, first invested $300 million in Twitter in 2011, two years before the company went public. In 2015, he invested another $50 million to increase his ownership in Twitter and, as of last year, remained one of the company’s largest shareholder. Prince Alwaleed and Kingdom further acquired a stake in the car-hailing company Lyft early last year, buying some of the shares of its earlier investors Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund.
He first began investing in tech in the late ’90s and has owned shares of both Apple and Ebay for more than 15 years. HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and trusts for his benefit hold major business investments in Citigroup, Carlyle Group (a company backed by an awful lot of bin Laden connected money), Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co Inc, McDonald`s Corp, Apple Computer Inc., Motorola, AOL Time Warner, Saks Inc., EuroDisney and Walt Disney Company, the Teledesic satellite venture.
He and his peers have deep ties to Barack Obama. In 1987 Bill Ayers solicited Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour (a.k.a. Donald Warden) to raise money for Obama’s Harvard Law School education. al-Mansour is an orthodox Muslim, a black nationalist, an outspoken enemy of Israel, and mentor to Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton and his cohort, Bobby Seale. At the time al-Mansour associate Percy Sutton was raising money for Obama’s education, al-Mansour was the top financial advisor to mega-billionaire Prince Alwaleed (Alwalid) bin Talal of the Saudi royal family. From 1988-1991 Obama attended Harvard Law School.
In October 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani turned down a $10 million donation from Alwaleed for disaster relief after the prince suggested the United States “must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack,” and “re-examine its policies in the Middle East.” Giuliani interpreted his statements as drawing “a moral equivalency between liberal democracies like the United States, like Israel, and terrorist states and those who condone terrorism.”
Has feuded with President Trump in the past. Here is an old tweet from Trump in 2015:
Bin Talal also owns the Four Seasons, the four highest floors of Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. He is one of many within the atrociously corrupt elements of the Saudi regime and other gulf tyrannies that has raised eyebrows with their recent multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Americans should anticipate these arrests and the subsequent investigations will implicate Obama and Clinton in major ways. Investigations into Obama-Clinton impropriety by special counsel Robert Mueller encompass Obama and Clinton’s financial ties and dubious political alliances with both Saudi Arabia and Russia alike.
Those following Trump’s efforts to police Obama and Clinton’s extensive criminality are aware Mueller’s probe implicates Clinton crony and lobbying giant Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. Wikileaks releases of John Podesta’s emails opened a Pandora’s box of Democratic Party corruption when released last fall, but Tony Podesta’s nefarious and longtime lobbying efforts with both Russia and Saudi Arabia are only now beginning to be broadly exposed to the American public.
In August 2016, Medea Benjamin sounded the alarm as to the perils of Clinton and the Podestas’ crooked Saudi dealings, with emphasis:
If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true. The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen. The Podesta Group’s March 2016 filing, required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, shows that Tony Podesta himself oversees the Saudi account. At the same time, Tony Podesta is also a top campaign contributor and bundler for Hillary Clinton. So while one brother runs the campaign, the other brother funds it with earnings that come, in part, from the Saudis.
As speculation bubbles around looming indictments of Tony Podesta, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton, and others, charges against bin Talal and other Saudi royalty may well be related to money laundering and bribery schemes that implicate the Uranium One parties and transactions within the Obama-Clinton regime already being investigated.