MOHAMED Al Fayed’s family have paid tribute to ‘beloved’ billionaire who died ‘peacefully’ after long retirement.
The Egyptian, father of Princess Diana’s lover Dodi, died on Wednesday, his family said.
In a statement released by Fulham FC, his family said: “Ms Mohamed Al Fayed, her children and grandchildren wish to confirm that her beloved husband, father and grandfather, Mohamed, passed away peacefully of old age on Wednesday 30 August are.” 2023.
“He enjoyed a long and fulfilling retirement surrounded by his loved ones.
“The family have requested that their privacy be respected at this time.”
In a tribute on Friday, Fulham FC tweeted: “Everyone at Fulham was incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of our former owner and chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.”
“We owe Mohamed a huge debt of gratitude for what he has done for our club and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this dark time.”
Al-Fayed amassed a fortune and ran several high-profile businesses including Harrods and The Ritz Paris.
However, he is best known for his colorful years at Craven Cottage in Fulham.
The most iconic moment of his tenure was when he erected a statue of Michael Jackson in front of the club’s Craven Cottage grounds in 2011.
Al-Fayed owned Harrods department store, which he bought in 1979.
In May 2010 he sold the Knightsbridge department store to Qatar Holdings.
The billionaire also owned the Ritz Paris until his death.