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Mohammed Bin Awad Bin Laden
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Birth: 1908, Yemen
Death: Sep. 3, 1967, Saudi Arabia

He was a wealthy investor, businessman and patriarch of the bin Laden family.

He had married 22 times, and was said to be going to marry wife 23 at the time of his death. He would never have more than 4 wives at a time. He'd divorce older wives and then marry a younger ones as needed.

He had 54 children. Osama is said to be his 17th child and the only son with his tenth wife, Hamida al-Attas.

He emigrated to Saudi Arabia before World War I.

In 1930 he started his own construction company. He eventually achieved such success that his family became known as "the wealthiest non-royal family in the kingdom."

Mohammed bin Laden's enormous financial success was ascribed to a shrewd business sense, fealty to Saudi Arabia's rulers, reliability and a willingness to offer the lowest bid on construction contracts.

Following Mohammed bin Laden's death, his eldest sons, principally Salem bin Laden, renamed the organization, "Binladen Brothers for Contracting and Industry" and continued to expand their late father's company until it employed more than 40,000 people.

The Saudi Binladin Group as it is now known, is involved in construction, engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Construction projects include airports, housing complexes, tunnels, and bridges. The group is also involved in city planning and real estate development. The Saudi Binladin Group is Egypt's largest private foreign company and negotiated with the Lebanese government to rebuild part of central Beirut under a US$50 million contract.

Excerpts of bio from Wikipedia

Cause of death: plane crash, a report says his American pilot misjudged a landing

Bin Laden landed at Khamis Mushayt airport in his HS125, changed planes to his Beechcraft 18, and took off for the landing strip near Usran which had been cut out of the rough terain by his workers so that he could land and inspect the work in progress. He crashed trying to land on the mountain strip. 2 killed. (the pilot died also)

Family links: 
  Salem Bin Laden (1946 - 1988)*
  Osama Bin Laden (1957 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Nicole
Record added: May 02, 2011
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