July 01, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to give entire $32 billion fortune to charity

Billionaire Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will give his $32bn (£20bn) fortune to charity when he dies.

The prince, already known for his ostentatious charitable donations, told reporters on 1 July that he would begin moving the considerable wealth to his Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation over the coming years.

The $32bn will include Prince Alwaleed's stake in Kingdom Holding, the investment firm he chairs, as well as his assets outside Saudi Arabia.

In a statement read to reporters at a conference in Riyadh, the prince said his pledge "will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world".

He said the donation "will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years" but added there was no time limit on when the donation should be spent. 

"It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all mankind," Alwaleed said.

He said that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has focused on donating money to education and world health initiatives, was his inspiration.

The Saudi prince, nephew to the late king Abdullah, said he would head a board of trustees tasked with spending the money. After he dies, his son will become president of the board of trustees and his daughter the vice president, reported.

Alwaleed made the statement alongside his two children, Prince Khaled and Princess Reem. He said both were supportive of his decision.

In April Prince Alwaleed promised to give each of the 100 fighter pilots that took part in Riyadh's latest air strikes in Yemen a brand new Bentley. After a backlash on Twitter, in which he holds a $300m stake, the prince withdrew the pledge.



  1. Just remember that in Saudi Arabia, "Al Qaeda" is the biggest charity!

  2. A real American.

  3. How about giving half of the 32B to buying a new home for the Palestinians and the other half to zero population growth? Then all we have to do is take away the land from the elite farmers, ranchers, foresters, mining corps, and divide it among the poor and let them use it to grow real food, outlaw all corporations as structured now, and on, and on, and on. Oh yes, give me a billion and I will oversee all of this.

  4. how about spending the money on rebuilding Yemen where innocent kids and women die every minute from falling Saudi bombs. 279 children die in 10 weeks of violence in Yemen