Saud bin Nayef Al Saud
(born 1956) (Arabic
: سعود بن نايف بن عبد العزيز آل سعود
) is the former head of the Crown Prince Court and special advisor to the Saudi Crown Prince. He is governor of Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
as well as a member of House of Saud
. Prince Saud was once regarded as one of the candidates for king or crown prince when succession passed to the new generation.
However, on the death of King Abdullah
in 2015, he was passed over in the line of succession in favor of his younger brother Mohammed.
Early life and education
Prince Saud was born in 1956.
He is the eldest son and one of ten children of the former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Nayef bin Abdulaziz
His mother is Al Jawhara bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid Al Jiluwi
who died in July 2019.
She was a member of the powerful Jiluwi clan whose members have been intermarried with those of House of Saud,
and sister of King Fahd
's wife. Prince Mohammed
is his younger brother.
Career and activities
Saud bin Nayef was appointed vice president of the youth welfare presidency in January 1986.
However, he resigned after six months. Then he had business dealings.
In February 1993, he began to serve as the deputy governor of the Eastern Province and left business activities.
His term lasted until 2003. Shortly after, he was appointed Saudi ambassador to Spain
on 10 September 2003 and served as ambassador until July 2011.
While serving as ambassador he contributed to the organization of interfaith
conference in Madrid
that brought together Israeli and American rabbis
clerics in July 2008.
The conference was an initiative of King Abdullah.
Next, Prince Saud was appointed assistant minister of interior for public affairs
and advisor to then-second deputy prime minister, his father Prince Nayef in July 2011.
Saud bin Nayef was the head of the Crown Prince Court and special advisor to the Crown Prince at the rank of minister from November 2011 to 13 January 2013.
He replaced Ali bin Ibrahim Al Hadeethi as head of the court.
During his tenure, Prince Saud exercised the power given him through this appointment on behalf of his father rather than on his own authority.
His term as the head of the court and special advisor to the Crown Prince continued after Prince Nayef's death in June 2012 for six months.
On 13 January 2013, Prince Saud was appointed governor of the oil-rich Eastern province at the rank of minister, replacing Mohammed bin Fahd
in the post.
Other roles and business activities
During his term as Saudi Ambassador to Spain, Prince Saud had contacts with president of the Madrid Stock Exchange
He was one of the members of the board of trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation
that is a Saudi think-tank group, attempting to improve the relations between Arab nations and the Western nations.
Saud bin Nayef is also deputy chairman of the Higher Commission of the Prize of Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the Prophetic Sunnah and Islamic Studies and General Supervisor of the Prize.
In addition to these semi-public roles, in December 2011, Saud bin Nayef was appointed member of the Allegiance Council
since his father could not have a seat in the Council due to being then crown prince.
Saud bin Nayef has also some business activities. He has a stake in Danagas corporation
And he is the owner of SNAS
trading and contacting company.
Saud bin Nayef was married twice. His first wife is Abeer bint Faisal bin Turki, daughter of his aunt, Luluwah bint Abdulaziz
They have four children: Jawahir, Abdulaziz
, Mohammed and Nora. He had another daughter, Sara, with his second wife, but the child died in infancy.
His son, Mohammed, married a daughter of Sultan bin Abdulaziz
. One of Prince Saud's daughters married Faisal bin Saud bin Abdullah Al Faisal
in October 2010
and the other married Nayef bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz on 10 December 2010.
His son, Mohammed bin Saud, has Al Naifat stable. He won the Belgium International championship and World Horse Producers Cup in the US in April 2012. He also won the Di Pietrasanta international B show
in May 2012. Two horses from the Al Naifat stable, Diana and Mascot, were chosen as the most beautiful horses among more than 100 Arab origin horses in the same event.
Concerning the business activities of the Al Saud
family, Saud bin Nayef argued "You have to understand one simple fact. Since it (Al Saud Family) is a big family and we cannot all have government jobs, some have to make a living. That's only fair."
Ancestors of Saud bin Nayef Al Saud
17. Sarah bint Mishari bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al Saud
18. Ahmed Al Kabir bin Muhammad bin Turki Al Sudairi
9. Sarah bint Ahmed al-Kabir bin Muhammad Al Sudairi
20. Muhammed bin Ahmed Al Kabir Al Sudairi
10. Ahmed bin Muhammed Al Sudairy
22. Ali bin Muhammad Al Suwaidi
11. Sharifa bint Ali bin Muhammad Al Suwaidi
12. Musaid bin Jiluwi bin Turki Al Jiluwi
25. Nura bint Ahmad Al Sudairi
6. Abd al-Aziz bin Musaid bin Jiluwi Al Jiluwi
26. Nasir bin Faysal bin Nasir Al Thunayyan
13. al-Jawhara bint Nasir bin Faysal Al Thunayyan
3. al-Jawhara bint Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Jiluwi
14. Musa'id bin Battal Al Mutayri
7. Tarfa bint Musa'id bin Battal Al Mutayri
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