Image is Everything to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Kingdom Holdings

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia has openly severed ties with Forbes magazine and its annual billionaires’ list after the magazine estimated his worth at $20 billion. The prince claims he’s worth a lot more.

'Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince' by Riz Khan (ISBN 0060850302) Kerry A. Dolan’s story “Prince Alwaleed And The Curious Case Of Kingdom Holding Stock” in Forbes about Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s desperate, borderline absurdist attempts to convince the Forbes Magazine Editorial Team that ranks the richest people in the world that he’s one of the world’s ten richest people (Forbes pegged him 26th) prompted a considerable amount of giggling and mockery on Forbes.com and Twitter.

  • “If image is so vital to him, Alwaleed should give more (like Gates) rather than throw tantrums over a wealth listing,” tweeted @rallaf.
  • @joshuahersh’s sardonic take: “Here is a risky case of a journalist taking on the wealthy where it really hurts: their net worth!’
  • Not to be outdone, Mfonobong Nsehe gleefully twisted the knife: “So it’s safe to assume, perhaps, that the Prince’s self-worth is tied to his listing on the Forbes Billionaires list, no?”
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