Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal
Founding Chairman, KBW Investments
Founder and CEO, KBW Ventures
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 founder 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. Khaled is the founder and Chairman of KBW Investments (KBW) and works across several tiers and levels of the business. As a believer in solution-based business models using innovative developments, 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 Anantara Sharjah Hotel, a $US100 million project in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates. ARADA’s flagship master development, Aljada, a 24 million square foot integrated lifestyle destination, and a new leisure and entertainment hub for Sharjah. In a significant deal that will boost the hospitality landscape of Sharjah, ARADA signed a management agreement with Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality & leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, to launch three new hotels in Aljada: the premium lifestyle Address Hotels + Resorts, upscale lifestyle Vida Hotels and Resorts, and the contemporary midscale Rove Hotels.
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, and MEP-centric KEMC headquartered in the UAE. 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.
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.
In 2014, Khaled founded KBW Ventures, and currently serves as the company’s CEO. Focusing exclusively on venture capital, value creation and growth equity, in April 2018, KBW Ventures announced a partnership with the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia and National Geographic Encounter to develop and launch up to 10 new locations with Ocean Odyssey. The first of several locations in Saudi Arabia will be situated in the city of Riyadh starting in 2019.
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. TechnoBuffalo‘s success recently led to the launch of a sister site, The Nerdy, dedicated to popular culture with a focus on entertainment and technology across science fiction, gaming, and more.
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, startups and SMEs.
Beyond his work, Khaled is Chairman of the elected Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) Trustee Board, a nongovernmental organization in Consultative Status with United Nations, advocating stakeholders in business, government and civil society to champion the global green movement, helping to advance Saudi Arabia’s sustainable developments goals. In early 2019, Khaled was officially appointed to the role of Chairman of the Saudi Sports For All Federation, driving an initiative that unifies various sports and further builds upon the Kingdom’s dedication to a healthy and active citizenry. Khaled also serves as the Chairman of the Saudi Humane Society, liaising with relevant stakeholders to improve the treatment of animals and positive regulatory framework in the Kingdom.