The power of the technocrats

  • Peter Hobday


While it’s obviously true that Saudi Arabia is really a royal family business, the new wealth has brought in new men. There have always been outsiders on the inside of Saudi politics. St John Philby, for example, occupied a place very close to Ibn Saud, though in his later years Philby seemed to lose out on his cherished position as trusty advisor. Feisal brought in Anwar Ali from the International Monetary Fund to run the Central Bank, again a commoner who had great influence with the King.


Saudi Arabia British Company Security Guard Victoria College Royal Family 
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© Peter Hobday 1978

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