Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud
Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense
Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud (born 1980) is the Deputy Crown Prince and Saudi Minister of Defense and the youngest minister of defense in the world.
January 23 – Mohammed bin Salman named Minister of Defense
Prince Mohammad was born in 1980. He is the son of King Salman and his third spouse Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan Al Hithalayn. He is the full brother of Turki bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. Prince Mohammad holds a bachelor degree in law from King Saud University. where he allegedly graduated second in his class.
After graduating college, the Prince spent several years in the private sector before being tapped by his father as a personal aide. He had already gotten the sinecure position as a consultant to the Experts Commission under the Saudi Cabinet.
On 15 December 2009, Prince Mohammad entered politics as a special advisor to his father Prince Salman when the latter was the governor of Riyadh Province. At this time, the prince began to collect titles and sinecure positions such as secretary-general of the Riyadh Competitive Council, special advisor to the chairman of the Board for the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Albir Society in Riyadh region.
In 2011, The Crown Prince died, and Prince Salman began his ascent to to power by becoming Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister in November 2011. In the Saudi tradition of nepotism, he took his son along with him as a “Private Adviser.”
Not wanting to be seen as just an appendage to his powerful father, and to begin to have a power base all his own, Prince Mohammed established the “Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation,” otherwise known as MISK, which is meant to help needy youth, and established himself as its Chairman of its Board, and with his father now immersed in the high politics of the kingdom, Prince Muhammad took sincues at many of his father’s philanthropic organizations such as the chairmanship of the Board of the Prince Salman Youth, head of the executive committee for the Prince Salman Charitable Housing Association head of the financial committee for the Holy Quran Association in Riyadh; chairman of Riyadh schools (non-profit schools); honorary chairman of the Saudi Management’s Association; honorary membership in the National Association for Drug Prevention; the honorary Chairmanship of the Crafted Hands Association and membership in the higher board for Charitable Organizations in Riyadh.
In June 2012, the Crown Prince, Prince Nayef, died. Prince Salman moved up into the number two position in the heirarchy and soon began remaking the court in his own image, starting with appointing Prince Mohammed “Supervisor of the Crown Prince’s Office. On 2 March 2013, Chief of the CP court Prince Saud bin Nayef, was shoved aside with an appointment as governor of the Eastern province to make way for Prince Mohammad, who was also given the rank of minister. On 25 April 2014 Prince Mohammad was appointed state minister.
On 23 January 2015, the king of Saudi Arabia died, and Salman took the throne. One of the first things he did as the new monarch was to shower Prince Mohammad with offices. He was first appointed minister of defense. He was also named as the Secretary General of the Royal Court on the same date. In addition he retained his post as the minister of the state.
On 29 January 2015 Prince Mohammad was named the chair of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs which was established on the same date. which replaced the disbanded Supreme Economic Commission.
Accessed March 5, 2015