Full Name: Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (MBS)
Profession: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Why Famous: Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia since 2017, is widely considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia in place of his father King Salman. Early in his tenure he was praised for several reforms including liberalizing the country's strict laws against women driving and working and an effort to diversify the Saudi economy.
He has come under increasing criticism from international human rights observers for his intervention in the war in Yemen, persecution of dissidence including the murder of journalist Jamal Khasoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and escalation of diplomatic disputes with neighboring states.
- 2017-10-24 Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman vows to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam after announcing 500bn independent economic zone
- 2018-03-20 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House
- 2018-10-16 Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies knowledge of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi according to President Trump
- 2018-11-16 CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi