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TOURISM > Saudi prince buys hotel in Canada

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A restaurant at the Four Seasons Toronto is seen in this company photo.

A restaurant at the Four Seasons Toronto is seen in this company photo.

Billionaire Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding investment group said on Nov. 17 that it has purchased the luxury hotel Four Seasons Toronto, Canada for $200 million.

“The transaction was funded by a $130 million mortgage loan while $70 million came from (the company’s) own resources,” Hazem al-Dosari, a Kingdom Holding Company spokesman, told AFP.

The Four Seasons Toronto features 259 guest rooms, including 42 suites. “This transaction is in line with our investment strategy to develop hotels in selected key cities,” Prince Walid said in a company statement announcing the deal.

The prince, in his late 50s, has holdings in Citibank and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Forbes magazine listed him last year as the 26th richest person in the world with assets of $19.6 billion.

November/19/2012

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