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Hisham Nazer (31 August 1932-14 November 2015) was the Minister of Oil and Natural Resources of Saudi Arabia from 24 December 1986 to August 1995, succeeding Ahmed Zaki Yamani and preceding Ali Naimi.


Hisham Nazer was born on 31 August 1932 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to a Sunni Muslim family, and after attending Victoria College in Egypt, Nazer gained a B.A. in international relations and an M.A. in political science from UCLA. Nazer served as Minister of Planning from 1975 to 1991 and then as Minister of Oil from 1986 to 1995, succeeding Ahmed Zaki Yamani. He nationalized Aramco due to the lack of profitability for Saudi Arabia, and in 1988 it became "Saudi Aramco", expelling the United States from its management with Nazer as its first Saudi chairman. From 2005 to 2011 he served as ambassador to Egypt, but after a scandal involving him talking with a frustrated Saudi woman at the airport during the Egyptian Revolution led to his dismissal. He died in 2015.