The Saudi corruption investigation was ordered by King Salman and headed by his son, Mohammed bin Salman, who detained over 300 people in the high-end Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, and brought in financial forensic examiners to vet the affairs of the detainees.
Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that it has released most of the businessmen, officials and princes who were being held in a luxury hotel in Riyadh in connection with a broad crackdown on corruption.
Some cases have been referred to the public prosecutor, who ordered the release of any remaining detainees against whom there was not sufficient evidence, as well as those who admitted guilt and agreed to settlements with the government.
In the absence of more information, speculation has run rampant about whether Prince Alwaleed secured his freedom by handing over part of his fortune - previously estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion - or stood up to the authorities and won.
Numerous details are still not available but Prince Mohammed has been leading the kingdom's plan to take the Aramco public.
In the first few days after his detention, Kingdom Holding's share price plunged 23%, erasing $2.2 billion of his personal fortune on paper.
Kingdom published a photo of Prince Alwaleed reviewing documents behind a large wooden desk and still sporting the grey beard he grew in detention.
He added that the strategy of Kingdom Holding continues to be to create strong investor appeal and a business environment in Saudi Arabia.
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