1001 Saudi Princes

Sultan’s fortune is estimated at $270 billion,  which he distributed between his sons prior to his death in order to  shore up their political position in the competitive princely arena. The  reality is that every senior prince has placed his favorite sons in  important positions in the Kingdom .…….. The Al Saud resembles a family  business, established in 1932. Ibn Saud managed to conquer and unite the  vast territory of the Arabian Peninsula, give it his family name, and  alienate, divide, and control his cousins and brothers in order to  establish a clear and undisputed line of succession through his sons.  After Ibn Saud’s death, his sons, though never entirely united,  maintained enough coherence to keep the store running. That is no longer  true of the thousands of princes that they produced. As the older  generation dies off, the new generation has fallen to fighting in front  of the customers. Indeed, with the ratio of royals to commoners now at  one to a thousand (compared to one to five million in the United  Kingdom), the challenge of managing princely privileges, salaries, and  demand for jobs has never been more intense. Royal perks include  lifetime sinecures and domination of the civil service, which enable the  princes to award contracts and receive commissions on top of their  salaries. So the Saudi regime is divided, its legitimacy is questioned...

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