Jamal Khashoggi

The terrible fate of Jamal Khashoggi (1958-2018) has been widely discussed in the past month. He was obviously a journalist who challenged the Saudi establishment. Reading about his close family members though, it’s a bit unclear exactly how he was related to certain people.

One fact widely reported is that he is first cousin of Dodi Fayed (1955-1997) and nephew of billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi (1935-2017). There are other reports that Jamal was a cousin of Adnan.

What seems clear is that his parents were Ahmad Khashoggi (owner of a fabric shop, as reported by The Guardian on 19th Oct) and Esaaf Daftar.

It’s reported that his grandfather was prominent doctor Muhammad Khashoggi, but the confusing thing is that when you look at the list of Muhammad’s children, they are Adnan Khashoggi, Samira Khashoggi (1935-1986, briefly married to Mohamed Al-Fayed), Essam Khashoggi, Adil Khashoggi, Assia Khashoggi, and Soheir Khashoggi. This list does not contain Jamal’s father Ahmad, so it’s unclear how his close family fits into Muhammad’s family.

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