Khashoggi got business contract to sell trucks to Saudi Arabian Army in 1956, became sales agent for various car companies including Rolls-Royce and finally he came to prominence with the oil boom in mid 1970s.
Khashoggi was reported to have paid $500 million as divorce settlement to his then wife Soraya.
By the 1980s Adnan was suffering from cash-flow problems. In 1988 a warrant was issued in the US for his arrest in connection with fraud and racketeering charges. He was arrested in Switzerland and extradited to the US. He was acquitted in 1990, but the damage to his reputation was done. He was being treated for Parkinson’s disease in London.
Adnan Khashoggi was born in Makkah. His father was chief physician to King Abdukaziz the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. He studied engineering at California State University. He did not complete his university degree.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin