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Saudi Prince Dines With Rupert Murdoch and Bob Iger as His Entourage Takes Selfies With Stars

• Peter Kiefer , Abid Rahman

The Prince met The Rock on an historic night in Hollywood.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, began a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles on Monday with a string of meetings with some of the biggest names in entertainment, capped by an intimate dinner at Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air estate. In attendance, sources at the event tell The Hollywood Reporter, were Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay, Universal film chairman Jeff Shell, Fox TV exec Peter Rice and film studio chief Stacey Snider, as well as actors Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and, yes, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The 32-year-old crown prince, often referred to by the abbreviation MBS, met with the moguls as part of a three-week, multi-city tour of the U.S., which comes on the heels of a tumultuous few months back in his country. Experts are interpreting the trip as an effort to shore up ties with American politicians and business leaders and to flesh out potential investment opportunities, including those in the media and entertainment industries. Showbiz executives, eager to court the billions of dollars of wealth controlled by the Saudi ruling family, mobilized in force to meet MBS.