Here’s a look at the life of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who succeeded his half-brother King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on January 22, 2015.
Date of birth: December 31, 1935
Place of birth: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Father: King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman al Saud
Mother: Hassa bint Ahmed al-Sudairi
Marriages: The names of the wives are not publicly available, but according to Islamic tradition, he is not allowed to have more than four at a time.
Children: The exact number is not publicly available. Children include: Sultan, Mohammed, Abdulaziz, Faisal, Khaled, Turki
Education: He attended the School of Princes
Religion: Wahhabism (a conservative Islamic sect)
He is one of the “Sudairi Seven”, sons of King Abdulaziz who share the same mother and have been the most powerful within the House of Saud.
He was the third prince to be named heir by King Abdullah, who ascended the throne in 2005.
He memorized the Quran when he was 10 years old.
He was known as the disciplinarian of the family and supposedly maintained a royal family “prison” where rebellious or errant royals were kept.
His son Prince Sultan was a payload specialist on a 1985 Space Shuttle Discovery mission.
1955-1960 and 1963-2011 – Governor of Riyadh.
November 2011 – He becomes defense minister after the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan.
April 11, 2012 – During an official visit to the United States, Prince Salman meets with the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
June 18, 2012 – King Abdullah names him crown prince and heir to the throne.
August 28, 2012 – Crown Prince Salman remains in charge of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time, while the king is on “special leave”.
January 22, 2015 – He officially became the new king of Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah.
January 23, 2015 – King Salman states by royal decree that Crown Prince Muqrin will succeed him as king and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as second in line to the throne.
January 27, 2015 – Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit King Salman in Saudi Arabia.
February 10, 2015 – Prince Charles visits King Salman during a six-day tour of the Middle East.
April 29, 2015 – King Salman steps down from Crown Prince Muqrin and appoints Mohammed bin Nayef as the new Crown Prince, next in line to the throne.
April 20, 2016 – He meets with Obama in Riyadh amid tensions between the US and Saudi Arabia over regional turmoil, falling oil prices and other points of contention.
May 20-22, 2017 – US President Donald Trump visits the king in Riyadh on his first trip abroad.
June 21, 2017 – He deposes bin Nayef as crown prince and appoints his son, Mohammed bin Salman.
November 2017 – Orders an unprecedented purge of princes and government officials, alleging corruption. Hundreds of detainees are being held at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, which has been closed for more than two months.
October 2, 2018 – Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist who lived in Virginia, disappears after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish authorities later say Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the building by a 15-member team. Saudi officials say Khashoggi was killed during a failed kidnapping attempt.
October 14, 2018 – He is asking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss convening a task force to investigate Khashoggi’s murder, according to Saudi and Turkish media.
October 16, 2018 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits King Salman and Prince bin Salman in Riyadh to discuss Khashoggi’s death. Both men deny knowledge of the violence at the consulate.
October 31, 2018 – Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor says evidence indicates Khashoggi was killed in an act of premeditated murder. Saudi officials maintain that King Salman and Prince bin Salman had no involvement.
July 23, 2020 – He undergoes surgery to remove his gallbladder.
July 15, 2022 – US President Joe Biden visits King Salman and Prince bin Salman in Jeddah. Biden tells Prince bin Salman that he believes bin Salman was to blame for Khashoggi’s murder.