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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed's daughter tweets joy after his release

'You've lit up the world, you are my world,' Reem bint Alwaleed said, in the first public family reaction

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal waves as he arrives at the headquarters of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 4, 2014. Majdi Mohammed, File / AP
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal waves as he arrives at the headquarters of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 4, 2014. Majdi Mohammed, File / AP

The daughter of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has tweeted a picture of her father, expressing happiness at his release from detention, in the first public reaction from a family member.

"You've lit up the world, you are my world," Reem bint Alwaleed tweeted on Sunday, posting a picture of her father sporting a beard.

Prince Alwaleed was the most high-profile detainee of the 350 suspects rounded up since November 4 last year — including business tycoons and ministers — who were held in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Detained for nearly three months, he was released on Saturday after striking an undisclosed financial agreement with the authorities, a government source said.

"The attorney general this morning approved the settlement with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal," paving the way for his release, a government source said on Saturday, without disclosing figures.

The prince is ranked among the richest people in the world, with Forbes once estimating his fortune to be worth $18.7 billion.

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