Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Saudi billionaire and founder of Kingdom Holding Co. (Photographer: Mohammad Obaidi/Bloomberg)

Alwaleed's Kingdom Gains Most Since 2014 After Prince Is Freed

(Bloomberg) -- Kingdom Holding Co. surged after its chairman, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was released from the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, which served as a prison for billionaires and princes since the nation started its anti-corruption campaign in November.

The shares gained 10 percent, the most since November 2014 and the maximum allowed in a day. The billionaire, who also owns stakes in Citigroup Inc. and Twitter Inc., returned home on Saturday after reaching a settlement with authorities, a senior government official said on condition of anonymity. He will remain at the helm of his company, the official said.

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His departure from the hotel, along with other prominent Saudi businessmen, marks the end of the first phase of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s anti-corruption campaign. Hundreds of suspects were arrested or summoned for questioning, including some of the country’s richest men. The government expects to reap more than $100 billion from settlements with detainees in exchange for their freedom.

The shares rose to 10.04 riyals in Riyadh on Sunday, but they’re still more than 2 percent below the level before the prince was arrested. The Tadawul All Share Index gained 0.2 percent at the close.

Clothing retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair & Co. also advanced after billionaire Fawaz Alhokair was also released from detention. The stock rose as much as 8.1 percent before paring its gain to 7 percent, the most since April.

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