Former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed passes away at age 94.

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Former Harrods CEO Mohamed Al Fayed whose son Dodi died in a vehicle accident with Diana Princess of Wales at age 94 has passed away.

He was born in Egypt and established a commercial empire there before move to the UK in the 1970s.
He never succeeded in his goal to obtain a passport for his adoptive nation, though.

He pondered the events surrounding Dodi and Diana's deaths for the majority of his latter years.
While residing at his Surrey mansion with his wife Heini during the previous ten years, Mr. Al Fayed generally avoided the public eye.

His family issued the following statement on Friday: "Mrs. Mohamed Al Fayed, her children, and grandchildren wish to confirm that their grandfather, their father, and their beloved husband, Mohamed, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

He spent his lengthy and happy retirement with his loved ones.

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Former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed

The Fulham Football Club which Mr. Al Fayed owned for a long time expressed its extreme sadness at hearing of his passing.

We owe Mohamed a debt of respect for what he did for our club it stated in a statement. Our view are now with his family and friends at this hard time.

Shahid Khan, who succeeded him at the club sent his sorrow in a tribute posted on the site.

The good effects of Mr. Al Fayed as chairman must be included in the narrative of Fulham, he claimed.

"Our promotion to the Premier League, a Europa League Final, and magical performances by players and teams alike will be remembered for his legacy."

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According to Mr. Khan, Mr. Al Fayed was "wise, colorful, and committed to Fulham," and his legacy at the club "will always be at the heart of our tradition."

Mr. Al Fayed progressed from hawking sodas on the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, where he was born, to becoming a well-known businessman with the appropriate connections.

His breakthrough came when he met Samira Khashoggi, the sister of Saudi rich arms trader Adnan Khashoggi, who hired him to work in his Saudi Arabian import company. Samira was to become his first wife.

Although the marriage lasted a little over two years, the role helped him establish new ties in Egypt, and Mr. Al Fayed later started his own shipping company.

In 1974, he immigrated to Britain, and five years later, he and his brother Ali spent £20 million to purchase the Paris Ritz.

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Following a bitter bidding fight with mining firm the Lonrho group, they went on to acquire Harrods for £615 million in 1985.

Under his ownership, Fulham FC advanced to the Premier League from the third division.

As a wealthy donor to nonprofit organizations like Great Ormond Street Hospital and the father of five children, he had a special interest in aiding disadvantaged or ill children.

In order to improve the lives of underprivileged, traumatized, and seriously ill children, he established the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation in 1987.

Before the 1997 vehicle accident that claimed their lives, his son Dodi, a film producer, and his then-girlfriend Diana, Princess of Wales, left from his Ritz hotel in Paris.

Mr. Al Fayed never fully recovered from the shock of the accident and became fixated on the rumors surrounding the fatalities.

His testimony at the inquiry in February 2008 included assertions that the deaths were carried out with MI6's complicity and on orders from Prince Philip.

They were disregarded by the jurors and labeled a "conspiracy theory" by the coroner.

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