Prince Alwaleed has a big stake in Hollywood's entertainment
Meet the real fresh prince of Bel Air. Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud — Alwaleed, for short — owns a piece of almost every company in the entertainment universe. The 41-year-old grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder has his fingers in so many pies, he’s a few degrees of separation closer to everyone in L.A. than Kevin Bacon.
Owns 5 percent Apple Computer, the computer giant, which should entitle him to some free Woody dolls from Toy Story and passes to Pixar’s newest film, A Bug’s Life, since Apple shares a chief with Pixar in Steve Jobs.
Disney Poured $243 million (for 24.2 percent) into EuroDisney when the fantasyland was teetering on the brink of collapse in 1994, saving Mickey Mouse’s suburban Paris abode.
Four Seasons Hotel Owns a quarter of the entertainment players’ favorite hotel and food chain, where Hollywood glitterati power-breakfast and New York literati like Jerry Seinfeld graze.
Citicorp His 8.3 percent stake in this crown jewel links the prince to anyone with a Citibank Visa and almost every studio that uses the bank for film financing.
Michael Jackson Partnered until recently with the Gloved One — they first met at EuroDisney — in the unthrilling Kingdom Entertainment, which owns half of Landmark Entertainment Group, which had explored plans to build an amusement park in a country known for fun — Poland.
Rupert Murdoch His 5 percent share of Murdoch’s News Corp. (the parent company of Twentieth Century Fox) gives him a rooting interest in the Manchester United soccer team, whose star David Beckham is the father of Posh Spice‘s imminent baby.
Owns a little more than 1 percent of the sagging Planet Hollywood restaurant chain (as well as franchise rights in several foreign countries), which makes him partners with Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Donna Karan Owns 7 percent of fashion house run by friend and wedding-garb designer of Barbra Streisand.
Has 5 percent share in Netscape, whose Web browser execs use to get advance buzz on their movies on basement dweller Harry Knowles‘ Ain’t It Cool News website.
In an example of the true art of the deal, he picked up Donald Trump’s 283-foot yacht at a creditors’ fire sale — the boat Trump used to vacation with model daughter Ivanka and ex-wife Ivana, who renovated the Plaza Hotel, famous for its supporting role in Macaulay Culkin‘s Home Alone 2, and of which Al-Waleed now owns half.
Theoretically speaking, the prince’s stake in the cell-phone giant Motorola would give him the number of everyone in Hollywood.