GU donor Prince Alwaleed reportedly employs dwarfs as “jesters”

Last week, Business Insider published a sensational portrait of Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, an international businessman who donated $20 million to the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in 2005. The gift was one of the largest in school history.

The business news website spoke to several of his former employees, all of whom demanded anonymity. One explained, “I fear for my life and the safety of my family.” The entire article is well worth reading, but the most lurid part concerns Alwaleed’s paid “jesters”:

Almost every source we spoke to, including Alwaleed’s official spokesperson, confirmed that, like a medieval monarch, Alwaleed keeps in his entourage a group of dancing, laughing, joking dwarfs.

In a particularly gross display of his wealth, at one of his desert parties the prince threw $100 bills onto a bonfire, encouraging the dwarfs to run into the fire and pull the money out. One source explained why the prince might want to employ dwarfs: “The reason Saudis have these people [dwarfs] is that they believe they are lucky. It’s just a very traditional thing.”

One of the most despicable parts of the story is the brief description of a “midget-tossing” contest the prince held:

One source, who left Alwaleed’s employ with a letter of recommendation from the Prince, says that at least once, Alwaleed set up a “midget-tossing” contest, promising money to whomever could throw the little people the farthest. There were pillows.

The article also describes a hunting trip to South Africa in November 2010. An avid yet allegedly poor hunter, Alwaleed maimed an unnamed animal and refused to put it out of its misery when a park official requested he do so. Instead, “Alwaleed asked the dwarfs in his entourage to hang from the dying animal’s horns so a photograph could be taken.”

One source defended Alwaleed, based on his philanthropy and employment of women: “He is flawed. He does make mistakes. But I think the good things he does often get missed because it doesn’t draw such a good story.” According to the article, a spokesperson for Alwaleed dismissed the anonymous sources’ claims as “outrageous” and “false allegations.”

8 Comments on “GU donor Prince Alwaleed reportedly employs dwarfs as “jesters”

  1. Dear campus community,

    I was saddened and troubled today upon reading allegations that Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud (BAM. SPELLING KING.) employs dwarfs to belittle and abuse for his enjoyment. I would like to stress that Georgetown University does not condone the belittling nor abuse of dwarfs, having ended its own Annual Healy Lawn Dwarf-Throwing Contest and Kegger in 2008 after several bias-related incidences against dwarfs.

    As the more senior members of our student body and our faculty may remember, the incidences led me to establish several working groups geared toward making our community a more welcoming place for diverse students of all backgrounds. They made several compelling and enlightening recommendations for our campus community. But they only printed out one copy and then one day at lunch I spilled reheated chili all over my desk. I had to throw everything out and that’s why we have yet to implement any of the changes I did not commit to memory. Something about a class recommendation. But don’t worry, bits and pieces come back to me every time I smell cumin.

    Please rest assured that Georgetown is doing everything in its power to assess the accuracy of the rumors about Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud (DOUBLE SPELLING KING). As we move forward with the process of investigating these claims, please keep in mind that Alwaleed has a lot of money — like, a loooot of money — and that, as such, these rumors are probably untrue.

    Hoya Saxa,
    Jack DeGioia
    President, Georgetown University

  2. Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name take it make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.

  3. This eez und outrage! He didn’t even thröw hisself unto patch of cacti!

  4. Financial erudition and god blessing
    That is what Al Waleed is
    Rest is just litterature that is enviois and jealous about his success!!

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