|Leader of Movement of the Future|
20 April 2005
|Preceded by||Rafic Hariri|
|Prime Minister of Lebanon|
9 November 2009 – 13 June 2011
|Preceded by||Fouad Siniora|
|Succeeded by||Najib Mikati|
18 April 1970 |
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Nationality||Lebanese and Saudi Arabian|
|Political party||Movement of the Future
March 14 Alliance
|Spouse(s)||Lara Bashir Al Azem (1998–present)|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Website||Saad Hariri's Official Website
PM Saad Hariri Official Website - SaadHariri.com (Facebook)
Saad-eddine Rafic Al-Hariri (Arabic: سعد الدين رفيق الحريري; born 18 April 1970) is a Lebanese politician and billionaire who served as the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 2009 until 2011. He is the second son of Rafic Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister who was assassinated in 2005. Hariri was prime minister from 9 November 2009 until the collapse of his cabinet on 12 January 2011 and has also been the leader of the Movement of the Future party since 2005. He is seen as "the strongest figurehead" of the March 14 movement. Following the collapse of his government in 2011, Hariri moved overseas. On 8 August 2014 he returned to Lebanon unannounced, for the first time in 3 years.
Saad Hariri was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 18 April 1970, and is the son of Rafic Hariri and his first wife Nida Bustani, an Iraqi. In addition to his native Arabic, Hariri speaks English, French and Italian. He graduated in 1992 from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a major in Business Administration. He then returned to Saudi Arabia where he managed part of his father's business in Riyadh until his father's assassination in 2005.]].
Prior to entering politics, Hariri served as the chairman of the executive committee of Oger Telecom, which pursues telecommunication interests in the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Hariri was the chairman of Omnia Holdings and a board member of Oger International Entreprise de Travaux Internationaux.
On 20 April 2005, Hariri family announced that Saad Hariri would lead the Movement of the Future, an essentially Sunni movement that was created and led by his late father. He is also the leader of the March 14 Alliance, a coalition of political groups born out of the Cedar Revolution which, through mass popular demonstrations and Western support, led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 2005 after a 29-year presence.
Hariri was prime minister from 9 November 2009.
On 12 January 2011, minutes after Hariri posed for pictures with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, the opposition parties resigned from the cabinet, as an objection for the inability of the government to take detrimental decisions, causing his unity government to collapse. In fact, Hezbollah and its allies withdrew from the government due to political tensions arose from investigations of the assassination of Rafic Hariri. Hezbollah operatives had been accused of the assassination of Rafic Hariri.
Hariri remained caretaker Prime Minister for another four months after the collapse of his cabinet. The new Lebanese government was finally formed on 13 June 2011 and is headed by Najib Mikati. Mikati created a Hezbollah-led government coalition.
On 12 December 2012, Syria issued an arrest warrants against Hariri, Future bloc deputy Okab Sakr and Free Syrian Army official Louay Meqdad in accusing them of arming and providing financial support for Syrian opposition groups. Upon this, Hariri released a statement, indicating that Bashar Assad is a "monster". Lebanese judicial sources argued that the arrest warrant would likely be ignored by Lebanon and that since both Hariri and Sakr have parliamentary immunity, they cannot be prosecuted.
Hariri holds dual citizenship, Lebanese and Saudi Arabian. He married Lara Bashir Al Azem in 1998 and has 3 children: Houssam (born 1999), Loulwa (born 2001), and Abdulaziz (born 2005). His wife is from a prestigious Syrian family. He lived in Paris, France, since 2011 for safety reasons but returned on 8 August 2014.
His net worth has fluctuated since the death of his father. Current figures usually vary between 1.5 and 2 billion USD. However, according to Forbes, as of 2011 he is the 595th richest person in the world with a net worth of $2 billion.
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|Party political offices|
|Leader of Movement of the Future
|Prime Minister of Lebanon