Born Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and better known as Salman of Saudi Arabia, this king began his reign in January of 2015. Previously, he had served for nearly five decades as Deputy Governor and Governor of Saudi Arabia's Riyadh region.
A member of the powerful House of Saud, he was one of over forty children born to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Salman of Saudi Arabia's three marriages -- to Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi, Sarah bint Faisal Al Subai'ai, and Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan Al Hithalayn -- resulted in a total of thirteen children.
He ascended to the throne following the death of his older half-sibling Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Abdullah of Saudi Arabia).