King Salman: Biography and Story of the Seventh King of Saudi Arabia

Currently Saudi Arabia is led by a king named Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. His full name is Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud.

He is the seventh king of Saudi Arabia, succeeding King Abdullah who died in 2015. King Salman bin Abdulaziz is also known as the guardian of the two holy cities, namely Mecca and Medina and he is also the leader of the Bani Saud.

Quick Info

Full Name Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
Date of Birth December 31, 1935, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Position King of Saudi Arabia, Guardian of the Two Holy Cities
Parents Father – Abdulaziz from Saudi Arabia

Mother – Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi

Religion Sunni Islam

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Biography

King Salman was born on December 31, 1935 at the Murabba Palace in the city of Riyadh. He was the 25th child of the Banu Saud descendants. Stay up-to-date with Deltsapure! Provide accurate and updated news for readers.

Early Life

Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and his six brothers became known as the Sudairi Seven. His father, Abdulaziz, is known as the first King of Saudi Arabia. King Salman’s mother’s name is Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi.

Salman bin Abdulaziz started his first education at Princess School, a school built by King Abdulaziz specifically for his children. There Salman studied religious knowledge and also modern science.

Became Governor of Riyadh Province

When he was 19 years old, Salman bin Abdulaziz was appointed deputy governor of Riyadh province from 1954 to 1955. Then in 1963, he was appointed governor of Riyadh province. He held this position until 2011.

While serving as governor of Riyadh for 48 years, he succeeded in developing the city of Riyadh from a medium-sized city to a metropolitan city in Saudi Arabia.

He also attracts many tourists to visit Riyadh and attracts foreign capital and investment into his country.

Salman bin Abdulaziz also likes to establish political and economic relations with the western world and he also has influence in determining the direction of Saudi Arabia’s policies.

In the biography of King Salman, it is known that he has a wife named Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi who is still related to Salman himself.

Because his wife is the daughter of Salman’s maternal uncle, Turki bin Ahmad Al Sudairi, who was the former governor of Asir province.

From his marriage to Sultana, Salman bin Aldulaziz had children named Prince Fahd, Prince Ahmed, Prince Sultan, Prince Abdulaziz, Prince Faisal and Princess Hassa.

However, Prince Fahd died in 2001 due to heart failure and then Prince Ahmad died the following year due to a heart attack.

His wife, Sultana bint Turki died in 2011. Currently his son Prince Abdulaziz is deputy oil minister of Saudi Arabia and then Prince Faisal became governor of Medina province.

King Salman then remarried Sarah bint Faisal Al-Saud. From this marriage a son was born, Prince Saud.

King Salman is also known to have had a wife named Fahda bint Falah who later gave birth to six sons. Other sources also say that King Salman also has wives named Sultana Bint Mandil Al Mandil Al Khaldi and Wafaa bint Abdullah bin Hanash bin Ali Al Shahri.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

On October 5 2011, King Salman, who was still a prince at that time, was appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister and also minister of defense.

He succeeded his brother, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan, who died in 2011. On the same day, he was also elected as a member of Saudi Arabia’s national security council.

Salman bin Abdulaziz is known as a figure who really loves peace and also prefers establishing diplomatic relations.

He became the head of the royal family council known as The Descendants Council which was formed by King Fahd.

He also strengthened relations between Arab countries and the international community. Salman bin Abdulaziz is known to have continued the policy of the previous defense minister by carrying out military intervention against the state of Bahrain by suppressing the rebellion that occurred there.

Salman is also active in building relations with his allies, namely the United States and Britain, with his visit in April 2012 to meet Barack Obama and David Cameron.

Salman bin Abdulaziz is also known to be active in purchasing weapons for Saudi Arabia’s defense. He also joined the United States and other allies in crushing ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

On June 18 2012, Salman bin Abdulaziz, who was still a prince at that time, was appointed Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shortly after the death of his brother Sabf, the crown prince, Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

Prince Salman was then appointed First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and then in August 2012, The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia announced that Prince Salman was responsible for state affairs.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah is responsible for Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs. In September, he was named deputy chairman of the Saudi Arabian Military Council.

At that time, Prince Salman was known to really support and encourage Muslim countries in the Middle East to help poor countries such as Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh and also Afghanistan.

Seventh King of Saudi Arabia

On January 23 2015, Prince Salman was officially crowned as the Seventh King of Saudi Arabia replacing his half-brother King Abdullah who died of pneumonia.

After he was officially appointed King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman then carried out reforms in all areas of his country, Saudi Arabia. One of them was by reshuffling the government cabinet in Saudi Arabia, besides that he also carried out social reforms.

While leading Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz intervened in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy by eradicating the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Apart from that, he also took part in eradicating ISIS gangs in Iraq and Syria. Under King Salman’s rule, Saudi Arabia was known to support rebels against the Syrian government.

When the Panama Papers scandal emerged, King Salman’s name appeared on the page and it was stated that he took out a mortgage of more than 34 million dollars to buy a property in central London, England.

King Salman Net Worth

According to the TeleSUR television network, King Salman has a net worth of around 17 billion dollars. King Salman was also named one of the most influential people in the world in 2016 and was ranked 16th by Forbes magazine.

King Salman Children

  • Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Princess Hassa bint Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Nayif bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al Saud
  • Prince Rakan bin Abdulaziz al Saud

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Award

  • Doctor Honoris Causa from Univ. Umm Al-Quran, Saudi Arabia (2008)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa from Jamia Millia Islamia, India (2010)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from Univ. Islam Medina, Saudi Arabia (2011)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa from Sarajevo Institute of Science and Technology, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from Univ. Waseda, Japan (2014)


  • Since the age of 10, King Salman has memorized the Koran and has become a hafidz and is very devout in worship.
  • King Salman was the governor of Riyadh with the longest term in office from 1963 to 2011
  • King Salman became the first Arab, the first royal descendant, and the first Muslim to become a space tourist by boarding the United States’ space shuttle in 1985.
  • King Salman received many award medals in the humanitarian field related to his concern in providing assistance to humanitarian disasters in poor countries since 1956. He also received many honorary academic degrees from various universities throughout the world.
  • He suffered from a stroke, therefore his shoulder movement was very limited
  • He is an Arab king who has a personal Twitter account @KingSalman

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