Ahmed Zaki Yamani
- Category : 1930-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (16)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Demands 1
Saudi Arabian politician who was Minister of Oil (Petroleum) and Mineral Resources from 1962 to 1986, and a minister in OPEC for 25 years. He is best known for his role during the 1973 oil embargo, when he spurred OPEC to quadruple the price of crude oil. During that time, Yamani gained a colourful international reputation, known in the West for both his diplomatic skills and characteristic goatee.
On 21 December 1975, Yamani and several other OPEC ministers were taken hostage by notorious terrorist Carlos (the Jackal) in Vienna, Austria. He was later released after Carlos spent two days riding an airplane across the Middle East even though Carlos was ordered by his superiors to execute Yamani and his Iranian counterpart Dr. Jamshid Amouzegar.
In October 1986, King Fahd dismissed Yamani partly because of the power he held over the running of the Saudi petroleum industry. In 1990, Yamani founded the Centre for Global Energy Studies, a London-based market analysis group.