Qaddafi's Son Expelled from IE Business School

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on March 4, 2011

The son of the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has been expelled from his MBA program.

Bloomberg News is reporting that one of Qaddafi’s sons, Khamis Qaddafi, has been expelled from Madrid’s IE Business School. Qaddafi, 27, has been enrolled in IE’s international MBA program since April 2010 and was expelled because of “his links to the attacks against the Libyan population,” a spokeswoman for the school told Bloomberg.

Quoting a spokesman for rebel forces, Colonel Abdullah Al Mahdi, Al Jazeera television reported today that 6,000 people were killed when forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi used violence to quell a rebellion. Khamis Qaddafi is leading an elite brigade against the rebels, the Associated Press reported on March 1.

This isn’t the first time a Qaddafi progeny has landed in hot water—in fact it isn’t even the first time this week. On Wednesday, Sky News reported that another son, Saif Qaddafi, is being investigated by the London School of Economics over claims that he plagiarized material for his PhD thesis and employed a ghost writer. Saif Qaddafi studied at LSE between 2003 and 2008.

The economics blog Marginal Revolution posted a link to Saif Qaddafi’s dissertation, although it’s unclear if this is the same research he’s been accused of plagiarizing. Irony alert: It analyzes the problem of “how to create more just and democratic global governing institutions.”

Reader Comments

Nikos Retsos

March 5, 2011 10:57 AM

The London School of Economics (LSE) is a "standard" Western institution, and all Western institutions are affected by legalized bribes. And those bribes can take the form of various types of "donations" or "political contributions." Take for example the U.S. Congress. All donations to senators and congressmen are supposed to be a free given - not influence buying schemes. But The late Wisconsin senator William Proxmire told NBC's Tom Brokaw in a TV interview in 1983 that "people come to Washington with money and buy legislation," on quote. Simply put, the political contributions to politicians buy "laws!" Now. Making a law favorable to your donor is illegal, and it is called "kick-back." But the wording of any bought law is fashioned to benefit -supposedly- society, or to protect jobs, or protect a social group - not the contributor. Schools function in the same way, and big contributors to universities get worth of their money in whatever favor they ask. The schools just "package" the favor is a way that looks normal business - just as the U.S. congress "package" laws for big contributors. I have no doubt that the LSE functions similarly. And as a retired college professor that I refused to take bribes from a rich parent to change grades his underachieving student son, and I was called into the Dean's office and reprimanded when the rich parent complained, I know that money buys not only good grades with the intervention of higher ups, but unearned Ph.D degrees. And I don't doubt that Saif al Islam award of a Ph.D by the LSE was tainted with his $2 millions donation. That is why he gave that money upfront - rather than after his graduation.

I have seen Saif al-Islam on TV speaking to reporters about the events in Libya, and I noticed that his English skills are similar to someone who has had only an elementary education. And that made me wonder: How this person earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics? And I honestly suspected that his stature, and his father's money, had something to do with the award of the degree. I was definitely sure that he had not earned it.

Now the bottle of Saif al-Islam's Ph.D has been uncorked. And what has come out of it doesn't look or taste like champagne, but it smells like some sort of a "kickback scheme." He sowed $ 2 millions into the coffers of the London School of Economics, and he harvested a Ph.D. He certainly doesn't have the brains for a Ph.D, but he had the $$$$ to spare.

Unfortunately, the "oldest profession in the world" is not the only one to get someone what they want for money! In other words, money doesn't only drop panties, but it drops Ph.d as well! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

alan wolcik

March 13, 2011 7:46 PM

Professor Restsos, one does not need to be a professor to know that money can buy influence in any country. People take and ask for bribes and its from people of all religions. Saudi Arabia gave 10 million to aid Louisiana after Katrina. They asked and got in return classes on Islam, developed by their religious leaders for Louisiana Colleges. However the money given to elect people in America is not the same as Lobbyist dollars. We know the people we are voting for and what they say they are for and against. Once in office Lobbyist try to get them with success to pass laws to help their cause's. Same as Saudi did. Would it be nice if people of all religions would not take bribes. Yes. It seems like when money is in involved on earth it takes a second place to ones religion from to many people.

Marc Hamady

March 13, 2011 10:13 PM

@Nikos Retsos
Wow I never heard of someone even doing that kind of stuff for a Ph.D. If he has $$$$$ to spare, then I don't see the point in him having to do that. But, skills shouldn't be an indicator of anything. Now he wasted his $2 million on a fake Ph.D, and he embaressed himself


March 13, 2011 10:14 PM

I totally agree with professor. Saif does not have that kind of caliber at all.

Guy Mmoasem

March 13, 2011 11:25 PM

What is the premises for this silly article and decadent character of LSE?
Who determines who is of PHD material and does a PHD really measure ones intellectual property/academic excellence? Racist and capitalist universities are useless to begin with.
I have no respect for the the London Scool of Economics!! Does Ghadafi really need a university degree?

Sowanna Yun

March 13, 2011 11:36 PM

Please boil a hot water and throw Khamis and other sons who killed their own people.


March 14, 2011 1:59 AM

i m glad the world is moving towards justice, democracy,human rights ,equality .i hope this rule should be imposed on all the leaders and government officers,and rich people ,all over the world ,not only on the Arabs and their children.and in this case will have a nice clean world !

Tolis Ioannidis

March 14, 2011 2:46 AM

you are so correct about money buying anything, including Ph.D. degrees.
That is why I tell my employees, my students and my children, if you want to be in control, you either have a lot of money yourself, or enough intestinal fortitude to tell the rich where to stick their money.
Thanks for have such intestinal fortitude.
Tolis Ioannidis

paul olaleye

March 14, 2011 3:37 AM

It is unfoftunate to know that one of the so-called best higher institution such as


March 14, 2011 6:33 AM

Hi MBA a big shame to u guys,so for all tis years u know the movement of gadafi son,please leave gaddafi and his children alone,u guys will do the samething to protect ur country, if u were a leader of ur country,


March 14, 2011 7:10 AM

It is unfortunate that London School of Economics can also involves in this kind of dirty deals...

Jorge-Alberto Yarte-Sada

March 17, 2011 4:45 AM

These prominent business schools are taking these measures against the Quadaffi´s only now?

But I do wonder and question: Why is it that they are only doing it so now and not before?

Was this because Libya was Europe´s oil supplier and "ally"?

What a coincidente.

As the french say:
"L´Argent n´a pas d´odeur".

No further comments...


March 29, 2011 2:16 AM

The sins of our fathers..


May 3, 2011 7:41 AM

@jorge-alberto you cannot punish someone for the crimes of his relatives. at the point in time when his sons were enrolled in the universities, they couldnt be held accountable for any of the crimes they committed.

Evonne Zambarano

July 2, 2011 12:50 PM

We are from Berlin, Germany, and several people right here are actually embarrassed that Germany just isn't fighting in addition to NATO in Libya. We did not understand the mind-set of our authorities. When talking about the armed forces, Germany is solely absurd.

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