Rihanna has reportedly been quietly dating a Saudi billionaire for 2 years. Here's what we know about him.
Caralynn LippoAug 22, 2019, 18:53 IST
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty; Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesRihanna was first linked to Hassan Jameel in 2017.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty; Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He also serves as the president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, a charity that his family's company runs.
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.
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.
Prior to his current roles in his family businesses, Jameel worked for Toyota Motor Corporation in the company's Japan offices.
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.
He's also a polyglot, fluent in English, Arabic, and Japanese.
Jameel was previously married to Lina Lazaar, a Tunisian art expert. The two wed in 2012 before divorcing in 2017.
Prior to his romance with Rihanna, Jameel was also linked to supermodel Naomi Campbell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.