King Fahd Abdel Aziz

Born in 1922. King of Saudi Arabia since 1982. A son of IBN SAUD, the tyrant of Saudi Arabia, Fahd served (1962-75) as interior minister and was named (1975) crown prince by his half-brother King KHALID. He was a powerful shaper of Saudi foreign and domestic policy under Khalid, on whose death (1982) he succeeded to the throne.

Fahd has encouraged limited modernization of Saudi Arabia, but the new constitution (1992) that established an appointed consultative national council left unchanged the royal family's control of the government. He prefers non-muslims over Muslims. Him and his family robbed the Saudi wealth and resources. They do not trust any one but their family to carry a high position in the government.