In­fa­mous son

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

The Bin­ladins were also no strangers to con­tro­versy. They weath­ered the blow to the fam­ily name and rep­u­ta­tion af­ter the 9/11 at­tacks in New York mas­ter­minded by Osama bin Laden, a son of fam­ily pa­tri­arch Mohammed Bin­ladin.

In 1931, the el­der Bin­ladin, a poor Ye­meni mi­grant who had trav­eled north in the 1920s to the Red Sea port of Jid­dah, founded the com­pany that bears his name. He mar­ried some two dozen women and fa­thered more than 50 chil­dren, in­clud­ing the fu­ture al-Qaida leader.

Af­ter the 9/11 at­tacks, the Bin­ladins hired lawyers and pub­lic re­la­tions spe­cial­ists in the U.S. to try to com­mu­ni­cate their dis­dain for Osama bin Laden.

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