Rihanna has reportedly been quietly dating a Saudi billionaire for 2 years. Here’s what we know about him.

Rihanna was first linked to Hassan Jameel in 2017.

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Rihanna was first linked to Hassan Jameel in 2017.
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  • Rihanna and Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel were spotted out on two occasions in August 2019, according to ELLE.
  • The two have, according to reports, been quietly dating since 2017 and have kept a very low profile.
  • Here’s everything we know about the billionaire businessman reported to be Rihanna’s boyfriend.
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Rihanna’s love life has been a media obsession for years – which may account for why she’s kept her current relationship so private.

The singer has been dating Saudi billionaire and Toyota heir Hassan Jameel for over two years, according to ELLE. Despite Rihanna’s high celebrity status, the two are rarely, if ever, pictured in public together. But recently, they’ve been spotted out together on two separate outings. That – paired with the news that the singer has, at long last, finally registered a new song called “Private Loving” after a long wait between albums – seems to suggest that things may be getting even more serious between the two.

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Business Insider reached out to Jameel’s family-owned company, Abdul Latif Jameel, and to a representative for Rihanna’s company, Fenty, to confirm the status of their relationship. Neither party responded to the request for comment.

Here’s everything we know about Rihanna’s billionaire boyfriend.


Rihanna was first linked to Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel in 2017. The pair was seen kissing and having coffee together during a trip to Spain.

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Source: People


The identity of the “mystery man” with Rihanna wasn’t clear at first. But less than a day later, Jameel was identified and the two were officially declared an item.

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Source: Vogue


Despite the media’s immediate interest in their romance, neither the singer nor businessman officially discussed their relationship in the press at first — though Rihanna’s dad did tell reporters that, while he was aware his daughter had a new boyfriend, he had no clue that boyfriend was a billionaire.

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“She told me she had a new boyfriend about a month ago, but I didn’t know who he was. I always tell her, ‘Don’t date an entertainer, don’t date an athlete.’ They are busy going this way and that way, they don’t have any quality time, and they’re good looking guys so women fall all over them,” the singer’s father told The Sun in 2017.

“He’s going to have to buckle up, she’s a hard-working girl, she’s very independent and ambitious,” he added.

Source: Toronto Sun


While Rihanna’s net worth of $600 million (per Forbes’ most recent estimate) is nothing to scoff at, Jameel is exorbitantly wealthy himself. The Saudi businessman is a Toyota heir — his family owns Abdul Latif Jameel, the largest distribution company for Toyota in several Middle Eastern countries.

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Hassan Jameel, in an image from the Abdul Latif Jameel company’s official Flickr account.
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Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd (ALJ)/Flickr

Source: Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar


The company was founded in 1945 by Jameel’s grandfather, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, and named after him. Jameel currently serves as the Deputy President & Vice Chairman, Saudi Arabia for his family’s business.

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Hassan Jameel, an executive of the Saudi company Abdul Latif Jameel, from the company’s official Flickr account.
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Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd (ALJ)/Flickr

He heads the company’s domestic operations in Saudi Arabia. He handles automotive, land and real estate, and machinery operations.

Source: Family Business Council-Gulf, World Economic Forum


He also serves as the president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, a charity that his family’s company runs.

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Hassan Jameel, in an image from the Abdul Latif Jameel company’s official Flickr account.
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Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd (ALJ)/Flickr

Per the Community Jameel website, the organization “operates a wide range of initiatives which promote and contribute towards positive societal change and economic sustainability” and “coordinate[s] programs focusing on the social, cultural, educational, and economic development of individuals and communities in the Middle East region and beyond.”

Source: Community Jameel


The Jameel family ranked fourth on Forbes Middle East’s 2017 list of The Arab World’s Richest Families, which put their collective net worth at $2.2 billion.

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Abdul Latif Jameel’s Chairman and CEO Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, Hassan’s father.
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Subsequent rankings the following two years left off all Saudis, with Forbes Middle East explaining in their 2018 list that they “chose to leave off all 10 Saudis given reports of asset seizures after some 200 people, including some billionaires, were detained.”

Source: Forbes Middle East


The Jameel family also owned a soccer league. The Saudi Pro League was previously known as Dawry Jameel from 2013 to 2019, when it was sponsored by the company.

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Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al-Qahtani (bottom) falls as he fights for the ball.
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Source: Community Jameel


Prior to his current roles in his family businesses, Jameel worked for Toyota Motor Corporation in the company’s Japan offices.

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A photo from the Abdul Latif Jameel Company’s official Flickr account.
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Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd (ALJ)/Flickr

Source: Family Business Council-Gulf


In fact, Jameel spent a number of years in Japan. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from Sophia University in Tokyo before attending the London Business School for his MBA.

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The gate at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
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Source: Family Business Council-Gulf


He’s also a polyglot, fluent in English, Arabic, and Japanese.

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A photo from the Abdul Latif Jameel Company’s official Flickr account.
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Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd (ALJ)/Flickr

Source: Family Business Council-Gulf


Jameel was previously married to Lina Lazaar, a Tunisian art expert. The two wed in 2012 before divorcing in 2017.

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Jameel’s ex-wife Lina Lazaar (left) attends the Andy Warhol Museum Cocktail Party with art critic Judd Tully (right) on November 10, 2018 in New York City.
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Source: The Sun


Prior to his romance with Rihanna, Jameel was also linked to supermodel Naomi Campbell.

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Naomi Campbell.
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Source: Harper’s Bazaar


In one of their first sighted outings, Rihanna and Jameel celebrated Halloween together in Boston in 2017. Witnesses told Us Weekly that the singer was dressed as Kylo Ren from “Star Wars” and Jameel was in a penguin costume.

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Not Rihanna.
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“Rihanna and Hassan were canoodling all night. She ordered extra pasta to take home because she said she often gets hungry around 2 a.m.,” a source said.

Source: Us Weekly


They also attended a Los Angeles Lakers game together in February 2019 for her 31st birthday — one of the rare public outings where they were actually caught on camera together.

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Rihanna and Jameel at a Los Angeles Lakers game.
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Source: W Magazine


The couple took a trip to the Amalfi Coast together in June 2019, where the two were photographed cuddling with a group that appeared to include other members of the Jameel family.

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Jameel photographed during a recent outing with the singer.
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Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images

Source: ELLE


Shortly before that trip, Rihanna revealed in a May 2019 New York Times interview that she’d moved to London (“where she is closer to the team working on Fenty, which is designed in Paris and manufactured in Italy”) earlier in the year — though many speculate the move was so she could be closer to Jameel, who reportedly lives there.

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Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017.
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Source: The New York Times, Metro


While Rihanna and her boyfriend have been keeping a very low profile over the past two years, the two have been spotted out together several times in recent weeks. In August 2019, the pair went out for a “lovely dinner evening” (per what an onlooker told People) with Rihanna’s mom and brother in Santa Monica, California. A few days later, paparazzi got photos of the two looking “cuddly” during dinner at Wally’s in Beverly Hills.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty

Source: People, ELLE


In a conversation with her “Ocean’s 8” co-star Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine, Rihanna refused to confirm who she was dating (“Google it”), but did say “of course” she was in love.

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A still from “Ocean’s 8.”
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When Paulson asked if she was going to get married, Rihanna paused, then said, “Only god knows that, girl. We plan and god laughs, right?”

She also explained how she prioritized their blossoming relationship amid her busy career: “I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, ‘I need to make time for this.’ Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well. I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time. On my calendar we now have the infamous ‘P,’ which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

Source: Interview Magazine