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21 марта, 04:36

Alwaleed Reveals "Secret Deal" Struck To Exit Riyadh Ritz After 83 Days

Across three months, 381 Saudis were hauled in and locked up at the Ritz-Carlton, which boasts 492 rooms, 52 acres of land, and 62,000 feet of conference space. Many left quickly. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's stay was among the longest. The prince says he was kept in Room 628, a 4,575-square-foot royal suite, and now in his first interview since being released, one of the world's richest men opens up to  Bloomberg TV's Erik Schatzker about his confinement by the Saudi government, and the 'secret deal' that enabled his freedom... I saw Alwaleed in late October, the week before he became a prisoner of the state. We spent an evening at his desert camp chatting about the financial markets and U.S. politics, watching a soccer match on TV, taking a walk through the sands, and eating a late dinner in the cool midnight air. Seven weeks after his release, in mid-March, I returned to the kingdom. Alwaleed had decided to break his silence and grant me an interview on  Bloomberg Television. We recorded the interview on a makeshift set in Alwaleed’s apartment on the 67th floor of Riyadh’s Kingdom Tower. Walking in, I wondered how candid he could be. Would he be forthcoming about life inside the Ritz-Carlton? If he’d been harmed, would he admit it? Had he been forced to accept a devil’s bargain to win his release? Would he be credible? What if the government had threatened him? Would I be able to tell? The following is an excerpted version of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity... Alwaleed’s detention was more mysterious than most. Of all the princes who were brought in, he alone hadn’t served in the Saudi government, where kickbacks are considered common. And unlike other businessmen, he wasn’t a government contractor and so couldn’t have overbilled the state. He made most of his wealth transparently, in real estate and as an investor in public markets. Erik Schatzker: Why were you arrested in the first place? Prince Alwaleed: Well, I would not use the word “arrested,” because we were invited to the king’s house and then asked to go to the Ritz-Carlton. So it was done with honor and dignity, and our prestige was maintained. Not only me; everybody else. So the word “arrest” is fair to use for those who did commit a crime, admit their guilt? Exactly. And reached a settlement with the government. But in my case, you know, it’s very much different. So were there never any charges? Were you ever accused of anything? There were no charges. Because I have a fiduciary responsibility to my shareholders in Kingdom Holding, to my friends in Saudi Arabia, and to the world community, because we have international investments all over the place, it’s very important to say that there was zero accusation and zero guilt. You’ve described the whole ordeal as a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding over what? When I say misunderstanding, it’s because I believe I shouldn’t have been there. Now that I’ve left, I would say that I’ve been vindicated. Yet I have to acknowledge to you, for the first time, that yes, we do have with the government a confirmed understanding, going forward. What does that mean? It is very confidential. I cannot get into that. But there is a confirmed understanding between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and me personally. Does that require you to do certain things? Not necessarily. I cannot get into that, because it is confidential and secret between me and the government. But rest assured that this does not really handcuff me. What did the government want from you? I will not get into the discussions that took place between me and representatives of the government. They must have wanted something. I read what was written, that they wanted a chunk of A or B or C of what I have. This was all rumors. According to one report, it was $6 billion. I read $6 billion, I read more than that and less than that. Did it cost you anything to leave? Did you have to pay the government any money, did you have to hand over any land, did you have to surrender any shares? When I say it’s a confidential and secret agreement, an arrangement based on a confirmed understanding between me and the government of Saudi Arabia, you have to respect that. I’m a Saudi citizen. But I’m also a member of the royal family. The king is my uncle. Mohammed bin Salman is my cousin. So my interest is in maintaining the relationship between us and keeping it unscratched. You maintain your innocence. You say you didn’t sign a settlement acknowledging guilt and that you’re different. We signed something, yes, a confirmed understanding. Some others may call it a settlement. I don’t call it a settlement, because settlement to me is an acknowledgment you’ve done something wrong. You realize, of course, how important it is to be candid and honest with me about this, because the circle of knowledge is too wide. If a different story emerges, your credibility will suffer. Sure. So everything you’ve told me is 100 percent true? I have a confirmed understanding with the government, and it’s ongoing. I’ll elaborate on that: It’s an ongoing process with the government. ... I need to clear my name, No. 1, and to clear up a lot of the lies. For example, when they said that I was tortured, I was sent to a prison, you know, during my 83 days in the Ritz-Carlton hotel. All these were lies. I stayed there the whole time. I was never tortured. So you were not harmed or mistreated in any way? Not one iota. You’re certain that nobody else who was at the Ritz-Carlton suffered anything akin to abuse, torture, wasn’t even roughed up? Maybe someone tried to run away or do something crazy. Maybe he was put down and controlled. Maybe. But for sure there was nothing you could call systematic torturing. Were you allowed to talk to other detainees? No. No two people in the Ritz-Carlton could talk to each other. Even in my case. I did not see anyone. I did not talk to anyone. ... I’m a nationalist. I’m patriotic. I believe in my country. So I’m not going to have this, this irritation that happened to me create a vendetta and turn me against my uncle, my cousin, my nation, and my people. Prince Mohammed has a grand plan for the transformation of the Saudi economy and Saudi society. Do you remain supportive? His vision took a lot of my ideas, but he multiplied them. I had the sovereign wealth fund idea, I talked about Aramco going public. Women’s rights, women competing in society, women driving, all of these things I called for. He’s establishing a new era in Saudi Arabia. Any person who does not support what Mohammed bin Salman is doing right now, I say, is a traitor. *  *  * Continue reading here...

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20 марта, 10:01

Prince Alwaleed ‘likely to split’ $13bn Kingdom Holding Company

Saudi business tycoon looks at spinning off domestic property holdings and other assets

20 марта, 09:29

Saudi Prince Alwaleed reached secret agreement with government: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV he had reached an agreement with the government for his release.

20 марта, 07:31

Saudi Prince Alwaleed made secret agreement with govt, process ongoing: BBG TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding who spent nearly three months in detention in the kingdom's anti-corruption campaign, told Bloomberg TV that he had made an agreement with the government for his release.

15 марта, 10:30

From Switzerland To Singapore: The World's Top Tax Havens

Authored by Charles Benavidez via, The UK-based Tax Justice Network’s new Financial Secrecy Index estimates that the ultra-wealthy are hiding up to $32 trillion in tax havens around the world, and while Switzerland gets the top spot on the new list, the U.S. is a not-so-distant second. Not even major global scandals such as the Panama and Paradise papers have been able to slow the rise of the bigger and better tax havens, as global industry growth has billion-dollar asset owners looking for the ultimate haven to stow away gains.  These are the top 10 tax havens in 2018, according to FSI: #1 Switzerland (Click to enlarge) Switzerland, a global leader in asset management cornering 28 percent of the market share, is holding an estimated $6.5 trillion, more than half of which comes from abroad. The attraction is a low tax base coupled with a top-notch banking system. Switzerland is the ‘grandfather’ of global tax havens, and the world leader in cross-border asset management. As FSI notes: “…the Swiss will exchange information with rich countries if they have to, but will continue offering citizens of poorer countries the opportunity to evade their taxpaying responsibilities.” And it’s more secretive than the No 2 tax haven… #2 The Unites States of America (Click to enlarge) The U.S. is on a tear on the competition for the top tax haven spot, rising for the third time in five years, and now capturing the number two slot. In 2015, the U.S. was in third place, and in 2013, it was in sixth. Between 2015 and 2018, U.S. market share of global offshore financial services rose 14 percent, from 19.6 percent to 22.3 percent. Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming are the most aggressive tax havens, often described as ‘captured states’. When it comes specifically to offshore financial services, then, the U.S. now has the largest market share, rivalled only by the City of London, according to FSI, which notes that foreign country elites use the U.S. “as a bolt-hole for looted wealth”. The baggage is piling up. Take the Delaware tax haven, for instance. It’s housing a company in “good standing” that is used for trafficking children for sex but can’t be shut down because it doesn’t have a physical presence in the state, according to Quartz. #3 Cayman Islands Third place go to this overseas territory of the United Kingdom, holding $1.4 trillion in assets managed through 200 banks. With more than 95,000 companies registered, this country is the world leader in terms of hosting investment funds.  Related: What Does A Strong Euro Mean For Gold Prices? It’s a lot more “upmarket” today than it used to be in its heyday as a hotspot for drug smuggling and money-laundering. Now it deals with some of the world’s biggest banks, corporations and hedge funds. On the FSI secrecy index, it ranks a 71, right between Switzerland and the U.S. #4 Hong Kong While one of the newer tax haven’s—it’s already hit fourth place and is managing some $2.1 trillion in assets (as of the close of 2015), along with $470 billion in private banking assets. It helps that it’s home to the third-largest stock exchange in Asia. And when it comes to ultra-high-net-worth individuals, Hong Kong leads the pack, with 15.3 per 100,000 households. The attraction is that companies incorporated in Hong Kong pay tax only on profits sourced in Hong Kong and the tax rate is currently at 16.5 percent. So in all likelihood, they’re paying zero taxes.   In terms of secrecy, it ranks 71 alongside Cayman. #5 Singapore This country is the favorite offshore center servicing Southeast Asia (as opposed to Hong Kong, which caters to China and North Asia). As of the end of 2015, Singapore was estimated to be holding $1.8 trillion in assets under management, 80 percent of which originated outside of the country. It has a secrecy ranking of 67. #6 Luxembourg This is a tiny state in the European Union that packs a massive tax haven punch. Despite its size, it is said to control 12 percent of the global market share for offshore financial services. The FSI estimates that its 143 banks are managing assets of around $800 billion. Luxembourg has a secrecy ranking of 58. #7 Germany Major tax loopholes and lax enforcement have bumped Germany to number seven on the FSI’s list, despite being one of the world’s biggest economies and not intentionally focusing on global financial services. It corners about 5 percent of market share in the sector, and ranks 59 in terms of secrecy.  #8 Taiwan This is the first year Taiwan has made the Top 10 list, bumping off Lebanon, which now sits in 8th place. Beijing’s “One China” policy is largely responsible for Taiwan’s ascendancy on the tax haven scene because it managed to fly under everyone’s radar, not participating in International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics thanks to Chinese pressure. And no one’s entirely sure how much offshore money is flowing through here. #9 United Arab Emirate of Dubai Dubai, servicing massive regional oil wealth, gets the highest secrecy rating of them all, at 84. Its offshore facilities are exceedingly complex and offers a low-tax environment and lax enforcement. It’s also recently been the target of an EU tax haven blacklist. #10 Guernsey This small tax haven jurisdiction in the English Channel has risen seven places on the list since 2015, and accounts  for 0.5 percent of the global trade in offshore financial services. Essentially, this is nothing more than a ‘captured state’ with a high secrecy rating of 72.

13 марта, 09:50

Без коррупции: почему богачи из Саудовской Аравии не попали в рейтинг Forbes

После того как саудовское правительство взялось за борьбу с коррупцией, Forbes проредил свой список за счет местных богачей. Теперь их там нет вовсе

12 марта, 06:45

Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions

As the Saudi crown prince comes to the U.S. to court investment, new details cast doubts on his claims of a transparent, legal anti-corruption effort.

10 марта, 06:00

Forbes Removes 10 Saudis From "100 Richest" List After MbS's "Corruption Crackdown"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman reportedly extracted $100 billion late last year from a group of dozens of Saudi royals and businessmen - many of whom were his own cousins - in a "corruption crackdown" that had all the makings of a naked cash grab. After confining his countrymen to the Ritz Carlton Riyadh for months - even torturing some of those who initially refused to cooperate - the Prince won plaudits from the New York Times, but has been vilified elsewhere for his willingness to commit egregious human rights abuses - all to fill a hole in the Saudi budget. Given the Saudi government's reticence about the crackdown, it's impossible to tell how much money was taken from each individual prisoner, making external evaluations of their post-crackdown wealth nearly impossible. So perhaps it's unsurprising that Forbes Magazine has decided to exclude all Saudi Arabian businessmen from this year's list of the world's 100 richest people. Last year, 10 Saudi nationals made the cut. Out of the 10 Saudi billionaires who made the Forbes list last year, at least four were detained - the most recognizable being Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, pictured above, whose net worth last year was close to $20 billion. As Forbes explains, given the Saudi government's reticence, it's impossible to tell how much money and assets were expropriated from each individual businessman. Alwaleed and many others have been released, but checking out of the Ritz-Carlton cost billions. (Sources also told Forbes that Alwaleed is now banned from granting media interviews.) The Saudi government’s reported goal was to gather $100 billion to plug a hole in the budget that’s been growing amid years of low oil prices. There are a thousand and one stories about what precisely happened, making it impossible to know definitively who gave how much to whom when. Forbes learned that at least one tycoon who was not detained handed over assets to the government. Given these shifting sands of truth, we've chosen to leave all ten Saudis off our billionaires list this year; none would comment. With greater clarity regarding their wealth, some might eventually return to the ranking. Here's the list of Saudis that Forbes removed from this year's list, accompanied by their last confirmed net worth (courtesy of Forbes) * * * Prince Alwaleed bin Talal $18.7 billion Chairs publicly traded Kingdom Holding, which has investments in Lyft, Twitter, Citigroup and the Four Seasons. Mohammed Al Amoudi $8.1 billion Assets include a Swedish refinery, Saudi gas stations and an Ethiopian conglomerate (gold mining, farming, construction). Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer $3.8 billion His publicly traded Almarai dairy company is among the largest in the Middle East. Mohammed Al Issa $2.6 billion His Assila Investments has stakes in a bank, a food processor and hotels. Saleh Kamel $2.3 billion Founded Dallah Albaraka conglomerate (real estate, food, health care). Abdullah Al Rajhi $1.9 billion With brothers, built Al Rajhi Bank, one of world's largest Islamic banks. Abdul Majeed Alhokair $1.2 billion Salman Alhokair $1.2 billion Fawaz Alhokair $1.2 billion The three brothers' real estate empire includes 19 shopping malls. Mohammed Serafi $1.1 billion Real estate investor.  

12 февраля, 21:24

"Война с принцами" пополнит бюджет КСА на $13,3 млрд

Власти Саудовской Аравии ожидают к концу года роста поступлений в казну в размере 50 млрд риялов ($13,3 млрд), поскольку они завершат расчеты с принцами и магнатами, которые стали объектами антикоррупционного расследования в Эр-Рияде.

12 февраля, 21:24

"Война с принцами" пополнит бюджет КСА на $13,3 млрд

Власти Саудовской Аравии ожидают к концу года роста поступлений в казну в размере 50 млрд риялов ($13,3 млрд), поскольку они завершат расчеты с принцами и магнатами, которые стали объектами антикоррупционного расследования в Эр-Рияде.

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01 февраля, 17:07

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed back at work after detention, company says

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is back on the job as chairman of global investment firm Kingdom Holding after being released from detention in an anti-corruption campaign, the company said on Thursday.

29 января, 12:48

Цена свободы: саудовский принц-миллиардер освобожден из-под стражи

По словам источника Forbes, чтобы оказаться на свободе, Аль-Валиду пришлось отказаться почти от всех своих активов. Его состояние еще недавно оценивалось в $17,4 млрд

29 января, 11:21

Акции компании принца аль-Валида резко выросли

Акции Kingdom Holding Co. резко выросли, после того как владелец компании саудовский принц аль-Валид бин Талал был выпущен из отеля Ritz-Carlton в Эр-Рияде. Отель служил тюрьмой для миллиардеров и принцев с начала антикоррупционной кампании в королевстве.

29 января, 11:21

Акции компании принца аль-Валида резко выросли

Акции Kingdom Holding Co. резко выросли, после того как владелец компании саудовский принц аль-Валид бин Талал был выпущен из отеля Ritz-Carlton в Эр-Рияде. Отель служил тюрьмой для миллиардеров и принцев с начала антикоррупционной кампании в королевстве.

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28 января, 22:09

Saudi crackdown draws to a close leaving battered image

Kingdom Holding shares soar after Prince Alwaleed released

28 января, 16:41

Freed Saudi prince's Kingdom Holding firm climbs 10 percent

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Stocks in Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's investment firm surged 10 percent on Sunday, the day after the billionaire investor was released from nearly three months in detention in connection with an anti-corruption campaign.

27 января, 18:20

Prince Alwaleed's release to reassure investors in global portfolio

For many foreigners, Prince Alwaleed - whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion - is the face of Saudi business, appearing frequently on international television and in articles about his investments and lifestyle. A 2013 Forbes magazine profile described his marble-filled, 420-room Riyadh palace, a private Boeing 747 equipped with a throne, and his 120-acre resort on the edge of the Saudi capital with five homes, five artificial lakes and a mini-Grand Canyon. Directly and indirectly through his investment firm Kingdom Holding , he holds a portfolio of stakes in companies such as Twitter , where he is believed to own nearly 5 percent, ride-hailing firm Lyft and French hotel operator Accor , where latest disclosures show him with 5.7 percent.

27 января, 17:07

Prince Alwaleed Finally Released From "Hotel Arrest"

Two weeks after we reported that Saudi Arabia's billionaire prince Alwaleed Bin Talal was reportedly carted off from the Riyadh Ritz Carlton to Saudi Arabia's highest security prison after refusing to pay a $6 billion "freedom fee" to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to secure his freedom, the flamboyant billionaire and Twitter investor appears to have finally cracked, and according to the WSJ, Saudi authorities on Saturday finally released Alwaleed, more than two months after he was detained in what was described to be a "widespread crackdown on corruption" in the kingdom but was really just a shakedown of some of the country's richest royals as well as arrests of MbS' political opponents. The FT quoted a colleague of bin Talal who said that He sounded very happy, well and the same"... if maybe a little bit poorer. "Prince al-Waleed is already at his house in Riyadh and is expected to resume his business activities as normal", the WSJ reported citing sources. While it was previously disclosed that Saudi authorities demanded at least $6 billion from al-Waleed to free him, it wasn’t clear what if any "settlement" the prince agreed to pay; he has previously denied wrongdoing and fought allegations of bribery, extortion and money laundering. Alwaleed will remain in control of Kingdom Holding Co. after reaching the settlement a senior government official cited by Bloomberg, which would suggest that the amount of money exchanging hands was substantial. The official also declined to provide details of settlement, and "cannot confirm or deny" whether attorney general is convinced of Alwaleed’s innocence. "Settlements don’t happen unless the accused acknowledges violations and documents that in writing and pledges that he won’t repeat them. This is the general principle of all who were detained in corruption cases recently and not only Alwaleed bin Talal." Alwaleed joins several other prominent Saudi businessmen who have reached financial settlements with the kingdom in the past few days pruchasing their release, including Waleed al-Ibrahim, owner of regional television network MBC, which reportedly was semi-nationalized as part of the deal. Other prominent names include Fawaz Alhokair, a major shareholder in fashion retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co.; Khalid al-Tuwaijri, a former chief of the Royal Court; and Turki bin Nasser, a former head of the country’s meteorology and environmental protection agency. The releases of prominent Saudis appears to indicate that bin Salman's purge is winding down, and the Ritz is set to reopen next month as a five-star hotel. In total, Saudi Arabia is said to have secured about $100 billion after many of the more than 200 detained agreed to settle and were released, Saudi officials said. However, as the FT adds, the government will have to rely on asset seizures rather than cash, the finance minister, Mohammed al-Jadaan, said on Thursday. The reason: western bankers say Saudi attempts to recover cash from overseas bank accounts have proved fruitless. “They are very smart people — they don’t leave cash in bank accounts, they find ways to hide this money in various assets,” Mr Jadaan told a session at the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos. This is worth noting just in case someone is still confused about the utility of bitcoin. * * * Last Wednesday, the Saudi public prosecutor said that officials were moving ahead with plans to prosecute 95 people who were still detained and have declined to pay what the government describes as financial settlements.

27 января, 15:49

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal released in corruption probe

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released on Saturday from the luxury hotel where he has been held since November, according to three of his associates, marking the end of a chapter in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue.The prince, 62, had been the most well-known and prominent detainee held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, since Nov. 4, when his much younger cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the surprise raids against prominent princes, businessmen, ministers and military officers. Sending elite forces to arrest them in their homes, they were subjected to weeks of questioning that would result in many turning over significant financial assets.Prince Alwaleed was among at least 11 princes detained in the probe, including two sons of the late King Abdullah. The government, however, has not named those detained nor discussed the specific allegations against them.Critics say the crown prince, who is King Salman’s son and heir, has used the anti-graft campaign to sideline potential rivals and seize control of influential businesses run by many of the scions detained in the sweep. The arrests also raised concerns over increasing totalitarianism along with disarray and resentment from within a royal family whose unity has been the bedrock of the kingdom.The government says the arrests are part of a wider effort to increase transparency, accountability and good governance.The arrests were unprecedented in a country where royals and their associates have long been seen as operating above the law. The surprise arrests worried international investors, particularly as the Saudi government prepares to list oil giant Saudi Aramco on the stock market sometime this year or next. Many investors see Prince Alwaleed’s arrest as a bellwether for doing business in a country where the potential for future arrests remains.Prince Alwaleed is chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, which has investments in several Western companies such as Twitter, Lyft, Citibank and marquee hotels like New York’s Plaza Hotel, London’s Savoy Hotel, and the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris. The prince also has significant holdings in Apple and is majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.Prince Alwaleed’s associates, who include a relative, told The Associated Press that his terms of release were not immediately known. They said he had returned to his palatial home in Riyadh’s al-Fakhariya neighborhood. The associates spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.There has been no official comment on his release.Earlier this week, Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb was quoted in local media as saying some 90 detainees had been released after agreeing to settlements involving cash, real estate and other assets. If a financial agreement can’t be reached, remaining detainees will be moved to prison, prosecuted and could face six months or more in jail. Around 350 people in total have been questioned.By mid-week, 95 people were still being held, though several more were released over the weekend, including Waleed al-Ibrahim, owner of the popular MBC Group of Arabic channels, according to local media reports and staff at MBC.The government has said that it uncovered at least $100 billion in corruption, and that any sums recovered so far would be used to fund a cash assistance program for middle and lower-income citizens estimated to cost $8.5 billion in 2018.Private U.S. intelligence firm Stratfor said the arrests went beyond targeting corruption and were used as a means of reworking patronage networks in favor of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he seeks an even greater centralization of his power.“Should the released detainees cross the crown prince again — perhaps by showing disloyalty to his vision through their business decisions — they could well find themselves back in fetters,” a Stratfor brief said, adding that there may be a strain on the relationship between the released detainees and the government.Prince Alwaleed’s release on Saturday comes just hours after he gave the only interview since his detention, telling Reuters he expected to keep full control of his investment firm without giving up assets to the government.His suite at the Ritz-Carlton included a private office, dining room and kitchen. His refrigerator was stocked with vegetarian meals as requested and he had tennis shoes for exercise, as well as a mug with an image of his face on it, according to Reuters.The prince, sometimes pictured vacationing on his 85-meter (278-foot) super-yacht in the Mediterranean, is among the most outspoken Saudi royals and a longtime advocate of women’s rights. While he was never seen as politically influential, his penchant for fame and his holdings in Western firms made him one of the most talked about Saudi royals abroad.The hotel where he and other prominent figures were held has been closed to the public since early November. The hotel is taking reservations again starting Feb. 14.

27 января, 15:23

Главного саудовского богача выпустили. Аль-Валид, похоже, сэкономил 6 млрд долларов

Миллиардер и принц Аль-Валид бен Таляль был освобожден из-под стражи в Саудовской Аравии, сообщает Reuters. Произошло это спустя несколько часов после того, как в интервью он заявил о скором снятии обвинений в коррупции. По всей видимости, это означает, что принцу не пришлось платить выкуп в 6 млрд долларов, который от него требовали власти на протяжении двух месяцев.Reuters передает, что Аль-Валид бен Таляль в субботу вернулся домой. Об этом сообщили источники в его семье.Незадолго до этого агентство взяло у миллиардера эксклюзивное интервью в отеле Ritz Carlton в Эр-Рияде. Принц заявил, что ожидает снятия всех обвинений и того, что его освободят в течение суток.Аль-Валид - богатейший миллиардер страны, его состояние оценивается в сумму около 18 млрд долларов. В заточении в шикарном отеле он провел более двух месяцев.В конце декабря американская газета The Wall Street Journal утверждала, что власти требовали от Аль-Валида выплатить примерно 6 млрд долларов за свое освобождение. Он отказывался от сделки, указывая, что не желает пятнать свое имя обвинениями в коррупции. Впрочем, WSJ писала, что альтернативной выкупу может стать передача государству значительной части контроля над его конгломератом Kingdom Holding. Акции компании торгуются на бирже, ее капитализация составляет около 9 млрд долларов.Облава на миллионеров прошла в Саудовской Аравии в начале ноября. Высший комитет по борьбе с коррупцией во главе с наследным принцем Мухаммедом бен Салманом задержал и поместил под стражу в Ritz Carlton в Эр-Рияде десятки членов королевской семьи, госслужащих и предпринимателей, обвинив их в финансовых и должностных преступлениях. По информации прокуратуры, допрошено было примерно 200 человек.Позже кронпринц в интервью New York Times заявлял, что 95% обвиняемых согласились на сделку, передав часть своих активов властям в обмен на освобождение. Салман утверждал, что страна заработала на этом около 100 млрд долларов.Некоторые эксперты предположили, что облава на "принцев-коррупционеров" имеет чисто политическую подоплеку: тем самым принц Мухаммед бен Салман укрепляет свое влияние, нанося удар по позициям своего кузена Митеба бен Абдуллы. Тот до осени 2017 года возглавлял могущественную Национальную гвардию.Принц Аль-Валид бен Таляль - внук первого короля Саудовской Аравии Абдель Азиза бен Сауда Аль Сауда и племянник действующего короля Саудовской Аравии Салмана бен Абдель Азиза Аль Сауда, напоминает ТАСС. Он инвестировал во многие западные компании, в том числе Four Seasons (вместе с Биллом Гейтсом они владеют 95% акций), Citigroup, Twitter, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company.(