While lawsuits filed by families of 9/11 victims have fizzled, family members sold their American properties for millions, vacationed around the world, competed in motorbike contests and landed huge contracts in Saudi Arabia. Among their projects: the $27 billion King Abdullah Economic City, the massive Millenium Seaport, the kingdom's first world-class 18-hole golf course, an Education Zone filled with universities and condominiums.
"They certainly are doing very well, certainly have not suffered any punishment for the notoriety that Osama created for their family name," says Coll.
They even profited from the security concerns of the kingdom, prompted by Osama's terrorist allies. When the Saudi government announced a project to build nine new prisons across the country, the Bin Ladens landed the $1.6 billion construction contract.
Meanwhile, Osama's eldest son, Abdullah, runs an advertising company in Saudi Arabia that contains a juice bar, designer furniture, and framed photographs of cable cars in San Francisco. In 2002, he showed up in jeans and a baseball cap at the American consulate for a July 4th celebration.