Mohammed bin Salman is confronting some of the kingdom’s richest and most powerful men in his anti-corruption drive – but is he taking on too much too fast?

No one doubted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a man in a hurry. But the Saudi royal’s decision to arrest 11 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers shows he is a risk-taker on a scale the Middle East has rarely seen.

The fact that the billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns the investment firm Kingdom Holding, was among the wave of late-night arrests (and is thought to be held in the luxurious confines of Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton hotel) suggests MbS, as Salman is known colloquially, is willing to take on the kingdom’s most powerful figuresto implement his reforms and consolidate power.

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