Sheikh Ahmed enjoys playing basketball from a jet pack, attends Harvard University and paved his own path as a tech-driven entrepreneur– meet the Charming Sheikh
By Nagmani, the H&B contributing editor
Sheik Ahmed bin Khaled Al Juffali was born on November 2, 1997, into a family of vast wealth and power from Unayzah, Saudi Arabia. The sons of billionaires usually grab on to what was given to them or choose never to work a day in their lives, but not Sheikh Ahmed.
While attending high school in New York, he developed a keen interest in American Football. Standing at 6ft 4, that wasn’t much of a challenge for him. Sheikh Ahmed went on to play as a linebacker for 4 years. During his senior year of high school, he created his own tech company at 18 years of age specializing in property technology.
Arab Avenue is a Saudi-based company operating as an advanced online real estate database with homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market, as well as home values, and other home-related information. After launching Arab Avenue and graduating from high school, he decided to pursue further academic strides and attend Harvard University as a business student.
An animal-loving adventurer
Sheikh Ahmed is an avid supporter of ethical animal treatment as a role model against animal cruelty. He has spoken out against people who leave their animals in small cages, talks about the fur trade and his disgust for it, and is a supporter of adoption over purchase.
He loves football
American football is a big deal in the United States, and the Sheikh certainly did not disappoint the cheerleaders, while receiving multiple awards and trophies. Even though he wanted to make a career out of the sport, he gave it up for his other key responsibilities. Nevertheless, he continues to promote football across Saudi Arabia and encourages young athletes to take it up.
Playing basketball from a Jet pack
Sheikh Ahmed does not shy away from any extreme sports. Here he is in the south of France fearlessly playing basketball from 30 meters high on a water jet pack.
Sheikh Ahmed enjoys flying jets and Piston helicopters
There are several things that Ahmed loves in his life, flying is one of them. He became an experienced pilot as he started taking flying lessons as a teenager. Sheikh Ahmed is a little different when it comes to flying, he doesn’t get on a luxury jet as a passenger; he gets into the cockpit and flies it himself.
Passionate about motorcycles and cars
Sheikh Ahmed is a connoisseur when it comes to motorbikes, and his love for them will often cause him to ride more than once a day. In the morning, he can sometimes be seen riding a red Ducati. In the evening, he can often be seen riding a black Harley Davidson. He has a car collection of over 140 luxury cars.
Destined for success
The young Sheikh has been groomed to receive presidents and ministers at his father’s palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photographed above is Sheikh Ahmed with Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State and former four-star general of the US army.
Standing at the forefront of his Generation
Generation Z is undoubtedly the future of the global economy. In 2020, Generation Z has cemented itself as the largest group of consumers worldwide making up to 40%.
Even now they are incredibly important for the economy, as 93% of household purchases are influenced by Generation Z, especially services and goods regarding travel, food, household goods, and furniture.
Gifted with privileges that one can only dream of, Sheikh Ahmed remains a down-to-earth person. He is passionate about shining a light on social issues such as education, health, and the environment. He is a member of his family’s Charitable Foundation which his grandfather set up to make the lives of local people much better, and often visits schools and healthcare facilities.
Although Sheikh Ahmed may be young, he is definitely one to watch out for.