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He never got over the death of his son Dodi at Princess Diana’s side: Egyptian businessman Mohamed al-Fayed died at the age of 94.
In 1997 he bought the Ritz luxury hotel in Paris and the British football club Fulham.
Six years later he took over the London luxury department store Harrods.
Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed has died at the age of 94. The father of Dodi al-Fayed, who died in a car crash alongside Princess Diana in 1997, died “of old age” on August 30, his family said in a statement released by Fulham Football Club on Friday. Al-Fayed had therefore “enjoyed a long and fulfilling old age with his loved ones”.
Fulham Football Club said his family had asked for their privacy to be respected. In 1997, al-Fayed took over what was then the third division club and within four years led it to the Premier League.
Successful business man
Al-Fayed was a successful businessman. In 1997 he and his brother bought the Ritz luxury hotel in Paris, and six years later they took over the luxury London department store Harrods. Al-Fayed’s business empire spanned shipping, real estate, banking and construction – his foundation supported children in several countries.
Mohamed al-Fayed died on the eve of the anniversary of the death of his son Dodi, who died in a car accident with Princess Diana on August 31, 1997. Al-Fayed had expressed conspiracy theories in this context and accused the British royal family of having commissioned the fatal car accident.
Al-Fayed was born on January 27, 1929 in a suburb of Alexandria, Egypt, the son of a teacher. He began his professional career as a lemonade salesman. His encounter with the Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi changed his life: Al-Fayed married his sister Samira – the marriage produced a son, Dodi.
Al-Fayed spent most of his life in Britain, but was denied British citizenship on several occasions.