Who is crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud? – The Sun | The Sun

CROWNED prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, serves in a number of other positions within the nation's governing body.

One of 13 children fathered by Saudi Arabia's King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Mohammed bin Salman and the House of Saud has ruled the country for several decades.

Who is Mohammad Bin Salman?

Born on 31 August, 1985, Mohammad bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – the country's second most important position after the King.

Colloquially referred to as MBS, he is the son of King Salman, but is in reality the most important and influential person in the Kingdom, given that his father suffers from Alzheimer's.

Bin Salman obtained the position in summer 2017 after a power struggle with cousin Mohammad Bin Nayef, who was initially named Crown Prince but subsequently removed from all positions.

He also serves as the country's Minister of Defence and deputy prime minister.

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After he took over as Crown Prince, Bin Salman launched a huge anti-corruption campaign, arresting around 500 people, closing 2,000 domestic accounts and targeting cash assets worth around £600bn.

He has also declared that he wants Saudi Arabia to become a country of moderate Islam, slowly introducing reforms such as allowing women to drive and introducing cinemas to the conservative state.

But he has been criticised for increasing restrictions on press freedom, particularly in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Is MBS married and does he have children?

On 6 April, 2008, MBS married his first paternal cousin, Sara bint Mashour.

Princess Sara is the daughter of the prince's uncle, Mashour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Mashour bin Abdulaziz is the brother of the prince's father King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Together, the pair have five children – three boys and two girls.

What is Mohammad Bin Salman's net worth?

Bin Salman's net worth is estimated at around £13bn.

This puts him slightly behind Man City owner Sheikh Mansour, who is reported to have a £17bn fortune.

However, Bin Salman would effectively have the riches of the entire Saudi Royal Family behind him, with their total net worth believed to be as high as £1.3TRILLION.

In comparison, the net worth of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family, who own the City, is believed to be around £500bn.

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