Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal
Founding Chairman, KBW Investments
As a figure of business, technology enthusiast, and investor, Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal is a firm proponent of clean energy, healthy living, the humane treatment of animals, and a motivated voice for Middle East entrepreneurs.
A member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, Khaled was born in California and spent his youth in Riyadh under the mentorship of his father, philanthropist HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company.
Today, with holdings on five continents, Khaled stands at the gateway between the Middle East’s evolving economies and the Western world. He invests in an array of successful, but diverse global businesses—from promising technology start-ups to established companies in the construction sector. Consistently, his focus is on ventures and ideas at the intersection of innovation and economic stability. As a believer in solution-based business models using innovative developments, KBW Investments (KBW) partnered with NGP, a leading manufacturer of robotic parking systems, and TTM Post Tensioning, a fully integrated hardware and stressing equipment system focus on structural integrity. KBW recently invested significantly in Square, Inc., a financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California.
In the real estate and property markets, Khaled serves as Vice Chairman of ARADA, a UAE-based development company formed as a partnership between KBW Investments and Basma Group. As part of the backward integration strategy of KBW, the formation and launch of ARADA together with its first large-scale residential development, was undertaken post-implementation of a full circle construction industry portfolio. ARADA’s hospitality portfolio is cemented by the development of the five-star Majlis Grand Mercure Resort & Spa, a $US100 million project in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates. In his capacity as founder and Chairman of KBW, Khaled serves as the Chairman of several sector-relevant companies including globally-recognized Italian manufacturer Raimondi Cranes, Romania-based Arcadia Engineering, Austrian-origin contractor Klampfer Middle East, MEP-centric KBEC headquartered in the UAE, and fit-out contractor Grayscale Interiors. A collaborative partnership with Korea’s LiteOn, part of Khaled’s focus on sustainability, was developed to encourage adoption of LED lighting for traditional streetlights in the MENA region. This undertaking facilitates much-needed energy savings, as LiteOn’s LEDs substantially decrease consumption rates, and reflects Khaled’s interest in clean and green technologies.
In the finance segment, he is the Chairman of Crestmount Capital, a UAE-based Sharia-compliant investment venture. Outside of his work with KBW, Khaled is also a founding general partner of the venture capital PROOF (pro rata opportunity fund) fund. PROOF has access to the most promising private venture-backed companies, and invests when those companies raise rounds from the top VC funds globally. In an angel investment capacity, Khaled has also invested directly in dozens of venture-backed startups including Invincea, Zeel and Memebox, together with endeavors such as a partnership with Matthew Kenney Cuisine to bring plant-based dining to the GCC.
In the start-up space, Khaled is a partner in TechnoBuffalo, a technology news website that demonstrated growth from early stage 300,000 page views per month to a substantial 17 million in the span of three short years. His work with TechnoBuffalo stems from his active participation in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, while simultaneously serving his deep interest in all forms of technology and its applications. A privately-held web news portal, TechnoBuffalo is the largest independent consumer electronics site, and a consistent early adopter of communication platforms in the media segment.
With economic growth as a top-of-mind priority, Khaled advocates for Middle East entrepreneurial potential, acting as a steadfast supporter of various initiatives by continuing to engage with elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Khaled also champions the region’s respective governments to continue to foster growth by providing and expanding upon support framework and ease of doing business. In line with his vision of the region’s substantial potential, Khaled believes that centralized support is needed for budding entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.
Beyond his work, Khaled is Chairman of the elected Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) Trustee Board, where he will work with stakeholders in business, government and the global environmental movement to help further advance Saudi Arabia’s green building initiative.