Special Section: KING FAISAL: OH, WEALTH AND POWER

The Middle East, said Henry Kissinger recently, is "an area of remarkable personalities, the last bastion where great men can come out of the desert and do unbelievable things." One of the men that the Secretary surely had in mind was Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, with whom he had ceremoniously sipped mint tea in Riyadh only six days before the King was assassinated last week. When he died at the age of 69, Faisal was not only among the richest men in the world,...

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