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Inside the rapid rise and unprecedented power grab of Saudi Arabia's millennial crown prince

Business Insider Logo By Peter Jacobs of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 28:  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is rapidly becoming the driving force behind his Middle East kingdom and one of the most powerful people in the world. The 32-year-old royal has influenced Saudi Arabia's military, foreign policy, economy, and even day-to-day religious and cultural life. Crown Prince Mohammed - or MbS, as he's widely known - is also  widely seen to be the muscle behind Saudi Arabia's recent anti-corruption purge. The heir to the throne,  Crown Prince Mohammed is consolidating power in a way Saudi Arabia hasn't seen in decades. Meet the powerful prince who could reshape the Middle East:

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is rapidly becoming the driving force behind his Middle East kingdom and one of the most powerful people in the world.

The 32-year-old royal has influenced Saudi Arabia's military, foreign policy, economy, and even day-to-day religious and cultural life.

Crown Prince Mohammed - or MbS, as he's widely known - is also widely seen to be the muscle behind Saudi Arabia's recent anti-corruption purge. The heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed is consolidating power in a way Saudi Arabia hasn't seen in decades.

Meet the powerful prince who could reshape the Middle East:

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