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20.5 million for an Islamic art gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris.

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PARIS, FRANCE.- Prince Walid bin Talal has donated more than $20.5 million for an Islamic art gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris. The prince stated he hoped the gallery would help people to gain an understanding of Islam as a religion of humanity and tolerance. The Louvre announced this new wing will hold its Islamic art collection. There are, according to the museum, around 10,000 artefacts from Islamic civilization, ranging from Spain to India - most of which is now in storage because of lack of space. According to Forbes magazine, the prince is the fourth richest man in the world.



Prince Walid bin Talal stated, "It will reinforce understanding between Western and Islamic cultures and civilizations."

Al-Walid was born in 1957 to Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, one of the many sons of the late Saudi King Abdulaziz, and Mona al-Solh, the daughter of Lebanon's first post-independence prime minister, Riad al-Solh.

Unlike most Saudi royals, who were content merely to represent international corporations and skim money off their contracts, Al-Walid began to pursue joint ventures with foreign companies. It has been widely rumored that many of his construction deals were lucrative military contracts. Within a few years, he was earning up to $50 million annually in profits. Most of this he re-invested in real estate in and around Riyadh which rapidly appreciated in subsequent years.

Islamic art at the LouvresPortrait of Fath Ali Shah
Circa 1805 Iran
Oil on canvas H. 2.27 m; W. 1.34 m
On view in the Louvres (On loan from the Musée de Versailles)
MV 6358 Islamic Art

Until the one month anniversary of the September 11 attacks against the United States, Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdulaziz was not recognizable to most people outside of the Middle East and international business circles. Although he was then listed by Forbes magazine as the six richest person in the world (he is now eleventh) and had invested the bulk of his estimated $20 billion fortune in high-profile American corporations, until October 11, 2001 Al-Walid remained what Business Week once called "the most important financial kingpin that you've never heard of." His gift of a $10 million check to the victims of the World Trade Center disaster on that day would have made him a celebrity in the United States, had it not been followed by a statement so offensive to most Americans that New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani promptly returned it. The intense media frenzy which resulted was quickly superceded by the war in Afghanistan, however, and the prince soon became a mere antagonist in Giuliani's mythic rise to national fame.

The fiasco at ground zero last October demonstrated that building support from both the United States and the Arab street is a difficult circle to square. During his visit to the site of the World Trade Center disaster on October 11, Al-Walid called the attack a "a tremendous crime" and presented New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with a $10 million donation to a September 11 relief fund. However, in a written statement circulated by his publicist during the visit, the prince declared: "At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause." In reaction, Giuliani angrily returned the donation. Days later, in an interview with a Saudi newspaper, Al-Walid blamed Giuliani's decision on "Jewish pressures."(Associated Press, 13 October 2001).

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