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His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia relaxes in a corner of the D-Bar during a Globe and Mail interview at the Four Seasons Hotel on Nov. 14 2013. The billionaire owns hotel properties such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. He also has stakes in the social media giant Twitter.
His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia relaxes in a corner of the D-Bar during a Globe and Mail interview at the Four Seasons Hotel on Nov. 14 2013. The billionaire owns hotel properties such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. He also has stakes in the social media giant Twitter.
(Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Why buy Four Seasons when the owner wants to sell?

In 2007, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal joined with former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to acquire 95 per cent of Toronto-based Four Seasons Holdings Inc. 

Thursday, Mr. Alwaleed announced plans to IPO his stake In Four Seasons and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

For the prince, it looks like perfect timing. Investors, on the other hand, might want to think twice before helping the prince take his profits.