THE BIG QUESTION: Pick a Prince!
By Pompey-Fans.com
Monday 24 Aug 2009 15:16:00
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The Big Question:

The Daily Mirror quoted Peter Storrie as saying that our new investor was from the Middle East and was a wealthy individual from a family. Further elements from the rumour mill paint the investor as a Crown Prince, possibly a Saudi.

Here are some possible candidates to add to the speculation;

1. Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Hugely wealthy figure who was involved heavily in the controversial Al Yammamah arms deal which allegedly involved payment of huge commissions
Rumour Fit: 9 out of 10
Probability: 3 out of 10
Verdict: at 83 and very ill with cancer of the Colon he is an unlikely candidate

2. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

Worth $20.3 bn dollars and 50 years old he would have the money and years to transform Pompey, and he is a Saudi prince. Was rumoured to be interested in Pompey after the cup final win.

Rumour Fit: 7 out of 10
Probability: 6 out of 10
Verdict: Yes please, but probably not.
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3.  
Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al-Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah,.
Future ruler of one of the Emirates making up the UAE,  westernised, progressive, rich. Was rumoured to have bought 60% of a premier league club in June. He hadn't, but could have been shopping for one.
Rumour Fit: 6 out of 10
Probability: 7 out of 10

Verdict: A good fit and would be no surprise

4. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani

Crown Prince of Qatar and chair of the Qatar Investment Authority, a massive sovereign wealth fund interested in long term, high return overseas investments. Could tie in stadium naming rights with Qatar Air. 29 years old and vastly wealthy Al Thani was educated at Harrow and graduated from Sandhurst in 1998. Apparently an Anglophile and looking to make his mark for Qatar on the world stage.

Rumour Fit: 8 out of 10
Probability: 8 out of 10

Verdict: From the various pieces of research we have done this is the name that seems to tick the boxes.


Conclusion: Step forward Sheikh Tamim, and claim the mantle of glory as our saviour. (PS: Bring Klass Jan Huntelaar with you).

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