Omar bin Osama bin Mohammed bin 'Awad bin Laden (Arabic: عمر بن أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن, ʿUmar bin ʾUsāmah bin Muḥammad bin ʿAwaḍ bin Lādin; born March 1, 1981), better known as Omar bin Laden, is an Arabian artist, author, cultural ambassador, and businessman, and one of the sons of Osama bin Laden with his first wife and first cousin Najwa Ghanhem (see Bin Laden family). He is the fourth-eldest son among 20 children of Osama bin Laden. He has been living in Normandy, France for several years.
Earlier inaccurate reports described Omar and his brother Abdallah bin Laden as nephews or cousins of Osama bin Laden.
- 1 Childhood
- 2 Post-9/11
- 2.1 Marriage to Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah
- 2.2 North African horse race
- 2.3 Relationship to his father and al-Qaeda
- 2.4 Asylum petitions
- 2.5 Book
- 2.6 Death of his father
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Bin Laden was born the grandson of Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, the founder of one of the wealthiest non-royal families in Saudi Arabia, and the son of Osama bin Laden, whose partisan activities shaped his childhood. Bin Laden accompanied his father on his exile to Sudan from 1991 to 1996, and then to Afghanistan after that. He said that he trained in al-Qaeda camps beginning at the age of 14, but after training with al-Qaeda for six years and sharing a house with al-Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri, he left al-Qaeda in 2000 because he did not want to be associated with killing civilians and his father Osama did not object.
In 2010, Omar bin Laden told ABC News that Osama had severely beaten him when he was a child for smiling too widely.
Bin Laden ran his own company in Jeddah prior to 2006 as a contractor and scrap metal dealer. Jeddah, a major city and important transit port for Saudi Arabia, is the site of the headquarters of the Saudi Binladen Group and has been reported to be "truly" ruled by Bakr bin Laden.
Marriage to Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah
Omar bin Laden married Jane Felix-Browne, who also goes by the name Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah, a parish councillor from Moulton, near Northwich in Cheshire in the United Kingdom, on September 15, 2006. The marriage was conducted in September 2006 in Islamic ceremonies in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, after which the couple spent a few months together in Jeddah before his wife returned to Britain for several weeks.
It has been reported that Felix-Browne met bin Laden while she was undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis. They met on a horseback ride at the Giza pyramids in Egypt. She is his second wife and 24 years older than he is, with five grandchildren. She was aware when she married bin Laden that he had been married and divorced, with a two-year-old son.
After their wedding, Al-Sabah described the stress of bin Laden's family background: "Omar is wary of everyone. He is constantly watching people who he feels might be following him. Not without reason he is fearful of cameras. He is the son of Osama. But when we are together he forgets his life." The couple announced their divorce in September 2007, which was said to be in response to threats to their "lives and liberty" from two unspecified sources known to them in Saudi Arabia. At the time, Al-Sabah said she did not regard herself as divorced and that as the divorce was done under duress did not have legal standing under Sharia law. After two weeks, they decided not to part.
In January 2008, bin Laden applied for a British spousal immigration visa which would have permitted him to reside indefinitely at his wife's home in Moulton, Cheshire, a process which required him to provide original documentation of his divorce from his first wife. The couple stated their desire to have a child usi... ...read more