Saudi Arabia’s former oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Saudi Arabia’s former oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Saudi Arabia’s former oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

 

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister and architect of the Arab world’s drive to control its own energy resources in the 1970s and its subsequent ability to affect oil production, fuel prices, and international affairs, died in London. He was 90.

His death was announced on Tuesday by Saudi state television.

Yamani helped Saudi Arabia command a dominating presence in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from its birth. The Kingdom remains a heavyweight in the group even today and its decisions ripple through the oil industry, affecting prices from the barrel down to the gasoline pump.

Yamani was born in Mecca in 1930. His father and grandfather were religious teachers and Islamic lawyers. He ultimately studied at New York University and Harvard. Twice married, he is survived by multiple children and grandchildren.

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