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Old 04-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #124
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Lightbulb Prince Ahmed

Ahmed bin Salman (17 November 1958 - 22 July 2002) was a member of the House of Saud and a media executive who was also a major figure in international Thoroughbred horse racing. He also achieved another dream by winning the Kentucky Derby with War Emblem in May 2002, making him the firat Arab horse owner who won this race. War Emblem was sold to Prince Ahmed just three weeks before the race after the horse won the Illinois Derby. The price of the horse was $ 900.000...

Prince Ahmed was born in Riyadh on 17 November 1958. He was the 3rd eldest son of Salman bin Abdulaziz and Sultana bin Turki al Sudairi. His father Prince Salman is the Minister of Defence since November 2011 and Crown Prince since June 2012. His mother, Sultana al Sudairi, died in July 2011. She was a daughter of Prince Salman's uncle, Turki bin Ahmad al Sudairi, who was one of the former governors of Asir Province. Ahmed bin Salman is full brother of Prince Fahd, Prince Sultan, Prince Abdulaziz, Prince Faisal and Princess Hussa..

Prince Ahmed first studied at Colorado School of Mines. He then graduated from Wentworth Military Academy. After graduation, he returned to Saudi Arabia and joined the Saudi Air Force. Faisal bin Salman announced in 2004 that Prince Ahmad bin Salman Institute for Applied Media Training would be established to train journalists..

In Why America Slept (2003), Gerald Posner claimed that Ahmed bin Salman had had ties to al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The story was strongly denied by his family pointing out that he in fact loved America, spent a great deal of time at his home there in Bradbury, and invested heavily in the American horse racing industry. His friends in American racing stated their knowledge of him and his attitudes made it impossible to believe the allegations...Flight attendants remember Prince Ahmed bin Salman boarding the lavishly customized Boeing 727 in Lexington during the White House-sanctioned evacuation of Saudis that began just after 9/11.. Not long afterward, the prince died mysteriously in Saudi Arabia of a heart attack at the age of 43..His family is reported to own three percent of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), reportedly the largest media company in the Middle East. 25 – King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot and killed by his nephew; the killer is beheaded on June 18. (King Khalid succeeds Faisal)...September 6 – A Richter Scale 6.7 magnitude earthquake kills at least 2,085 in Diyarbakir and Lice, Turkey..October 30/Peter Sutcliffe (the "Yorkshire Ripper") commits his first murder, that of Wilma McCann..November 26 – The 1975 cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show came out in America...December 8 – New York City is approved for bailout of 2.3 billion each year through to 1978 – 6.9 billion total..The first Monster Truck, Bigfoot, was created...

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