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King Abdullah was close to his father and he inherited his father's vision and wisdom. Little is known about King Abdullah's childhood. He was born in Riyadh in 1924, the fifth son of Saudi Arabia's founding king, Abdul-aziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud (known as "Ibn Saud"). Abdullah's mother, Fahda bint Asi Al Shuraim, was Ibn Saud's eighth wife of twelve. Abdullah has between fifty and sixty siblings.

At the time of Abdullah's birth, his father was Amir Abdul-aziz, and his realm included only the northern and eastern sections of Arabia. The Amir conquered Sharif Hussein of Mecca in 1928 and declared himself King. The royal family was quite poor until about 1940, when Saudi oil revenues began to flow. As a child King Abdullah was actually quite poor. He got his primary education in the school his father King Abdul Azziz Al Saud established for his sons. King Abdul Azziz brought top teachers from different countries to this school.

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