Mohamed Al-Fayed

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Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al-Fayed (Arabic: محمد عبد المنعم الفايد‎, Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Munʻim al-Fāyad; born 27 January 1933) is an Egyptian businessman. Amongst his business interests are ownership of the English Premiership football team Fulham Football Club, Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge.

Fayed has two brothers: Ali and Salah, and a sister Safia. From 1954 to 1956, he married Samira Khashoggi. Since 1985, he has been married to Finnish socialite and former model Heini Wathén, with whom he had four children and three grandchildren. Fayed's oldest son, Dodi, from his first marriage, died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris along with his companion Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997.


Life and career

Early life

Born in Bakos (باكوس)[citation needed], Alexandria, Egypt, as the eldest son of an Egyptian primary school teacher, Fayed's first entrepreneurial venture began at school where he sold homemade lemonade. He was married for two years, from 1954 to 1956, to Samira Kashoggi.


In 1964 he moved to Haiti where he originally claimed his homeland to be Kuwait under a varient of his birth name. Fayed then became a citizen of Haiti due to the intervention of 'Papa Doc' Duvailier after Fayed began a relationship with his daughter. Fayed then became the beneficiary of the expropriation of an American business which resulted in a series of claims that were successfully made by the American company for U.S. government insurance compensation. Fayed fled from Haiti in 1967 after draining a Haitian bank account. These events are extremely well documented by various court documents involving the American expropriation and two major in-depth articles which appeared first in Vanity Fair magazine and then in the Daily Telegraph Magazine.

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