He was born in Riyadh, the fourth son of Ibn Saud in 1906. In 1926 he became Governor of Hijaz. After the UN partition of Palestine, Faisal called on his father to break relations with the United States, but he was overruled.
In 1973 he started a program intended to increase the military power of Saudi Arabia. He was also seen as being a major force behind the oil embargo against the United States. In 1974 he was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
|Kings of Saudi Arabia
Heads of the House of Saud