Saudi Arabian

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), categorized as a World Bank high-income economy with a high Human Development Index, is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20 major economies. Not surprisingly, it is the homeland of several billionaires like businessman Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi who is one of the richest Saudi Arabian citizens in the world and the second richest black person in the world. Another millionaire Maan Abdul Wahed Al-Sanea is famous not just for his vast fortunes, but also for the several educational and charitable facilities he founded. Also famous for its intellectuals and Islamic scholars, the nation has produced the likes of diplomat and author Ghazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi who was considered among Saudi Arabia's topmost technocrats since the mid-1970s. Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, an Islamic scholar and a leading proponent of the Salafi form of Islam served as the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999. Even though the nation is known for its limitations on women’s rights, women like Samia al-Amoudi, Samira Khashoggi, and Wajeha al-Huwaider have challenged the patriarchal society to emerge as successful professionals in diverse fields. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Saudi Arabians.

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 1 Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founder of Islam
Birthdate: 0571 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Hejaz, Arabia
Died: June 8, 0632

Prophet Muhammad was an Arab religious, political, and social leader. He is credited with founding the world's second-largest religion, Islam. He is believed to have been sent to preach and confirm the teachings of other prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. He is also believed to have received revelations from God, which form the verses of the Quran.

 2 Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden, former leader of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda, had orchestrated the September 11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, among others. The attacks led to the U.S.’s War on Terror, and Laden was eventually tracked down and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

 3 Ali ibn Abi Talib

Ali ibn Abi Talib.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prophet of Islam
Birthdate: September 15, 0601
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: January 29, 0661

Ali ibn Abi Talib was the son-in-law and a cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He played a key role in establishing the Muslim community by participating in almost all the battles that the nascent community fought. He ruled as the fourth caliph and is revered by Shia Muslims even today.

 4 Hassan Jameel

Hassan Jameel.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Billionaire Businessman, Ex-Boyfriend of Rihanna
Birthdate: October 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia

Hassan Jameel is a Saudi businessman and the current Vice Chairman and Deputy President of Abdul Latif Jameel's Saudi Arabia wing. He handles the international conglomerate business' operations, such as machinery, real estate, and automotive in Saudi Arabia. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hassan Jameel works towards assisting job-seekers and promotes safety and health in Saudi Arabia.

 5 Ibn Saud

Ibn Saud.
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: January 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh
Died: November 9, 1953

Ibn Saud, or King Abdulaziz, was the founder and first monarch of Saudi Arabia. He oversaw the discovery of petroleum and the subsequent oil production in his country. He annexed the kingdoms of central and northern Arabia and ruled for over 20 years. He sired countless children, including 45 sons.

 6 Abu Bakr

Abu Bakr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Companion of Muhammad
Birthdate: October 27, 0573
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: August 23, 0634

Abu Bakr was a companion and father-in-law of the founder of Islam, Muhammad. After Muhammad's death, Bakr played an important role in leading the Muslims as the first Rashidun Caliph. Under Abu Bakr’s leadership, the Muslim state expanded over the entire Arabian peninsula. Abu Bakr's work during his reign eventually led to the Muslim conquests of the Levant and Persia.

 7 Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
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Famous As: Former King of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: August 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (now Saudi Arabia)
Died: January 23, 2015
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, or Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, was the king of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2005 to 2015. One of King Abdulaziz’s sons, he also led the Saudi Arabian National Guard. He was once the world’s third-wealthiest head of state.
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 8 Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Faisal of Saudi Arabia.
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Famous As: Former King of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: April 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh
Died: March 25, 1975

Faisal of Saudi Arabia was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. He was the son of King Abdulaziz and his wife, Tarfa. During his father’s reign, he was given numerous responsibilities of political significance. After coming to power, he implemented a series of modern reforms and issued a decree for the total abolition of slavery. 

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 9 Husayn ibn Ali

Husayn ibn Ali
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Imam
Birthdate: December 31, 0626
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 30, 0680

 10 Al-Waleed bin Talal

Al-Waleed bin Talal.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: March 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh
Saudi Arabian businessman and philanthropist Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud is part of the Saudi royal family. Son of The Red Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, he founded the conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company. Named by Time as the Arabian Warren Buffett, he was also arrested for corruption once.

 11 Aisha bint Abu Bakr

Aisha bint Abu Bakr
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Muhammad's wife
Birthdate: 0605 AD
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: July 13, 0678

 12 Muhammad(Religious leader)

Muhammad(Religious leader)
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: April 22, 0571
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: June 8, 0632

 13 Mohammed bin Salman

Mohammed bin Salman.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: August 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jeddah
Mohammed bin Salman is the Crown Prince, deputy prime minister, and defense minister of Saudi Arabia. He launched the Vision 2030 program, removed the ban on female drivers, and curtailed the powers of the religious forces. However, he is known as an autocratic ruler and brutally assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

 14 Khadīja bint Khuwaylid

Khadīja bint Khuwaylid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Muhammad's wife
Birthdate: 0555 AD
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia
Died: November 22, 0619

 15 Khalid ibn al-Walid

Khalid ibn al-Walid
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: 0592 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0642 AD

 16 Fatimah bint Muhammad

Fatimah bint Muhammad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Daughter of Muḥammad
Birthdate: 0615 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: August 18, 0632

 17 Hasan ibn Ali

Hasan ibn Ali.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Imam, Grandson of Prophet Muhammad
Birthdate: December 1, 0624
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia
Died: April 1, 0670

Hasan ibn Ali was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. He was born to Muhammad's daughter Fatimah and Ali. Hasan is often referred to as the second Imam by the Shia Muslims. He was known for his kindness, knowledge, bravery, and tolerance.

 18 Fahd of Saudi Arabia

Fahd of Saudi Arabia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: March 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: August 1, 2005

 19 Uthman

Uthman
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Famous As: Caliph
Birthdate: 0576 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 17, 0656

 20 Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel

Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saudi Arabian Princess
Birthdate: November 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Princess Ameera al-Taweel is a Saudi Arabian philanthropist. A former princess, Ameera was married to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal al Saud. While being married to Al-Waleed bin Talal, Ameera served as the vice-chairperson of the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation. In 2012, she was honored by the Middle East Excellence Award Institute with the Woman Personality of the Year Award.

 21 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh

 22 Muawiyah I

Muawiyah I.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founder of the Umayyad Caliphate
Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0680 AD
Muawiyah I, founder of the Umayyad dynasty of caliphs, is remembered in history for conquering Egypt and crushing Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. He reigned over Damascus until his death in 680, following which a tug-of-war over succession led to the Second Muslim Civil War.

 23 Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 2, 2018

 24 Lisa Eilbacher

Lisa Eilbacher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhahran

Lisa Eilbacher is a retired actress best known for playing Nicky in the drama TV series Midnight Caller. She began acting as a child and transitioned into more mature roles as a young woman. She was a popular actress in the 1980s. She acted sporadically in the early 1990s and retired in 1996. Her siblings, Cindy and Bobby, are also actors. 

 25 Omar bin Laden

Omar bin Laden
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: One of the sons of Osama bin Laden
Birthdate: March 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sulaqan, Qom

 26 Melora Walters

Melora Walters
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

 27 Hussein bin Ali Sharif of Mecca

Hussein bin Ali Sharif of Mecca.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1853 AD
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: June 4, 1931
Hussein bin Ali Sharif had been the emir of Mecca and the king of Hejaz. While leading the Arab rebellion against the Ottomans, he had declared himself the “king of the Arab countries.” Later, he proclaimed himself the caliph but had to abdicate in the face of Ibn Saud’s attack.

 28 Saud of Saudi Arabia

Saud of Saudi Arabia.
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Famous As: Former King of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: January 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuwait City
Died: February 23, 1969
Modernization of his country’s educational and medical facilities was the chief aim of Saudi Arabian king Saud, son of Ibn Saud. However, amid internal conflict and tension in his country, he was deposed while abroad for medical treatment, and his brother, Faisal took over as the new king.

 29 Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab

Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1703 AD
Birthplace: Al Uyaynah, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 22, 1792

 30 Abdullah I of Jordan

Abdullah I of Jordan
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: February 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 20, 1951

 31 Ali ibn Hussayn

Ali ibn Hussayn
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Imam
Birthdate: January 4, 0659
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kufa
Died: October 20, 0713

 32 Abu Sufyan ibn Harb

Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: September 1, 0560
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: August 1, 0652

 33 Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud

Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: August 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jeddah

Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud is Saudi Arabia's former crown prince. The grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder and first king of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Nayef served as the first deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia. On 6 March 2020, Muhammad bin Nayef was arrested and charged with treason. His well-being and whereabouts are currently unknown.

 34 Adnan Khashoggi

Adnan Khashoggi.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: June 6, 2017
Adnan Khashoggi was a Saudi businessman and arms dealer who became famous for his lavish lifestyle. He was said to be a middleman in the Iran–Contra affair and was also once arrested for his alleged association with the Imelda Marcos affair. He owned the investment company Triad International.

 35 Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: imam
Birthdate: February 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riyadh

 36 Malik ibn Anas

Malik ibn Anas
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: 0711 AD
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0795 AD

 37 Saad Hariri

Saad Hariri
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic al-Hariri, Saad Hariri joined politics after his father was assassinated. After being educated in France and Saudi Arabia, Saad took over his father’s construction business and expanded into the telecom sector. The Future Movement member has also been Lebanon’s prime minister twice.

 38 Ja'far al-Sadiq

Ja'far al-Sadiq
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 23, 0702
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: February 14, 0765

 39 Umar

Umar.
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Famous As: Second Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate
Birthdate: 0586 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: November 3, 0644

Umar was one of the most influential and powerful Muslim caliphs in history. The father-in-law of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, Umar reigned as the second Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate from 634 to 644. During his reign, the Rashidun Caliphate expanded immensely, ruling the Sasanian Empire and much of the Byzantine Empire. Umar is revered in the Sunni tradition. 

 40 Umar II

Umar II
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Famous As: Caliph
Birthdate: November 2, 0682
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0720 AD

 41 Abu Talib ibn ‘Abdu’l-Muttalib

Abu Talib ibn ‘Abdu’l-Muttalib
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: leader of Banu Hashim
Birthdate: 0539 AD
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: 0619 AD

 42 Abd al-Malik

Abd al-Malik
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Famous As: Caliph
Birthdate: June 30, 0644
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 9, 0705

 43 Faisal I of Iraq

Faisal I of Iraq.
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Famous As: King of Iraq
Birthdate: May 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 8, 1933
Faisal I, the first king of Iraq, led a new wave of Arab nationalism during World War I. Son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, Faisal united the Shias and Sunnis. His friendship with Britain led to several treaties, including Iraq’s membership in the League of Nations.

 44 Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi

Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: businessperson
Birthdate: July 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dessie

 45 Sultan bin Abdulaziz

Sultan bin Abdulaziz
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 22, 2011

 46 Talal of Jordan

Talal of Jordan
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Famous As: Former King of Jordan
Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 7, 1972

 47 Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf

Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: 0661 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0714 AD

 48 Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud

Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 49 Muhammad al-Baqir

Muhammad al-Baqir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Imam
Birthdate: May 10, 0677
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medina
Died: January 28, 0733

 50 Khalid of Saudi Arabia

Khalid of Saudi Arabia.
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Famous As: King of Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: February 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 13, 1982

Khalid of Saudi Arabia reigned as the king of Saudi Arabia from 1975 until his death in 1982. One of the sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, Khalid represented the country abroad as a diplomat. In 1943, he played a key role in establishing diplomatic relations between the United States of America and Saudi Arabia.