Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud born 31 December 1935 is King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and head of the House of Saud.
He served as the Deputy Governor and then the Governor of Riyadh for 48 years from 1963 to 2011. He was then appointed as Minister of Defence. He was also named the Crown Prince in 2012 following the death of his brother Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Salman was crowned as the new King of Saudi Arabia on 23 January 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. Among the most notable events during his reign so far have been Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in the Yemeni Civil War, the 2015 Mina stampede during the Hajj, and the execution of Nimr al-Nimr and 46 other opponents of the regime on 2 January 2016.