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Out of the Desert


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Described by Alan Greenspan as 'the most powerful man you've never heard of', Al-Naimi's incredible journey proves that anyone can make it - even a poor Bedouin shepherd boy. This is his exclusive inside story of power, politics and oil.

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His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi is the former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One of the most powerful economic and political jobs in the world, he held this post from August 1995 to May 2016.
Prior to that he held a wide range of leadership positions in the Kingdom's national oil company, Saudi Aramco. He was the first Saudi national to be named President of the company in 1984 and became the first Saudi CEO in 1988. Al-Naimi joined the company, then called Aramco, as an office boy in 1947. A Bedouin, he was born in the deserts of eastern Arabia in 1935.


He's a wise man. And there are not a whole lot of wise men about -- Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE PRIZE
He's the most important man you've never heard of -- Alan Greenspan, former US Federal Reserve chairman
You hear about people who walk with kings and who walk with the common man. That's a perfect description of minister Al-Naimi -- James C. Oberwetter, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
When I think of Ali Al-Naimi I think knowledge. Knowledge of the industry, knowledge of the political scene, understanding the way the world economic markets work -- Sam Bodman, former US energy secretary

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