King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud 1876-1953

Reigned for 21 years from 1932 until his death.

Sons of King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud

LIVING

DEAD

BIRTH ORDER OF KING ABDUL AZIZ IBN SAUD’S SONS

About 25 other sons who lived

to adulthood are not shown.

90

years

old

King Salman

1936-

Became king in 2015 after the death of King Abdullah.

King Abdullah

1923-2015

Named Princes Salman and Muqrin as heirs to the throne.

Crown

Prince Sultan

1924-2011

Appointed as heir to the throne in 2005 but died

in 2011.

80

King Fahd

1921-2005

Reigned until his death.

Prince Talal

1931-

Erratic and perceived as unstable; exiled in the 1960s when he criticized the House of Saud.

Succession

to the

throne

Crown Prince Nayef

1933 -2012

Appointed as heir to the throne in 2011 but died one year later.

70

King

Faisal

1904-1975

Assassinated by his nephew Faisal bin Musaid.

Crown Prince Muqrin

1945-

Was appointed deputy heir in 2014 but is no longer in the line of succesion.

King Khaled

1912-1982

Reigned until his death.

King

Saud

1902-1969

Ousted by his brother Faisal.

60

Crown Prince bin Nayef

1960-

The king advanced his nephew to crown prince from deputy crown prince. He will become king when Salman dies.

50

CURRENT AGE/AGE WHEN DIED

NEXT GENERATION

OF PRINCES

40

Deputy Crown Prince bin Salman

1985 ?-

The king named his son second in line. He is currently defense minister.

30

SOURCE: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, staff reporting. GRAPHIC: Cristina Rivero - The Washington Post. Published April 29, 2015.