The internet was set ablaze on Tuesday when images surfaced of Rihanna and a mystery man. According to TMZ, the pictures were taken in Barcelona, Spain, and show the popular singing cuddling and kissing with an unknown man in a hot tub.
Needless to say, the internet was frantically trying to find out the identity of the unknown man, many of whom believed to be Spanish, given their location.
His identity was revealed by The Sun on Wednesday, who revealed his name to be Hassan Jameel. To learn more about Jameel, and his relationship with Rihanna, here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. He Is the Deputy President & Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic
Hassan is the deputy president and vice chairman of family business Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic. According to The Sun, this makes him the face of one of the biggest companies in the world, and has been pictured meeting with British royalty including Prince Andrew in the past handful of years.
Hassan’s tenure has deputy president has brought about great success in the company. At a Toyota Corolla Launch in Saudi Arabia in 2014, Hassan was brought on stage to celebrate the company’s new Guinness World Record. “As of February 2011,” notes the presenter, “The name Toyota Corolla has appeared in more cars than any other with an excess of 37 million produced worldwide.”
Hassan enters the video above at the 3:25 mark.
2. His Family Has a Net Worth of $1.5 Billion
The Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, besides being one of the biggest– and record setting companies in the world– is also known for being a family business. The Jameel family are the sole owners of the right to sell Toyota cars in Saudi Arabia, which they have held for the past eight decades.
In a 2016 article titled Forbes Middle East: The World’s Richest Arabs, the Jameel family was ranked at number twelve. “In 1955, Abdul Latif Jameel won exclusive rights to distribute Toyota in Saudi Arabia,” writes Forbes, “He passed away in 1993, and son Mohammed became chairman and president of Abdul Latif Jameel Co.”
On the official Abdul Latif Jameel website, their bio states that they are “Comprised of diversified businesses with deep roots in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT region). Strong networks and long-established relationships make us a powerful partner, opening doors for those who want to do business in the region.” Furthermore, their “Businesses represent some of the world’s leading brands, earning us their trust and building long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships. Our commitment to anticipate and support our partners’ needs has driven our success.”
3. His Identity Was Revealed on Twitter
The hunt to discover Jameel’s identity was what drove much of Twitter on Tuesday, with fans combing through old photos and comparing his likeness any number of notable figures. Rihanna’s name alone was a trending topic for most of the day. The hashtags #RihannaHasAManParty and #Rihannasman also became popular.
As previously mentioned, however, the assumption that he was of Spanish descent threw many off of his trail.
Jameel’s identity was finally revealed on Wednesday morning. Upon learning of Jameel and his status in Saudi Arabia, fans were quick to peg the two as a power couple in the making and offer their support. The hashtags Check out some of the most notable tweets below.
4. He Has Been Photographed With Supermodel Naomi Campbell
While his identity was the subject of much debate on social media, this is not the first time Jameel has been linked to American celebrities. In July 2016, he was photographed with supermodel Naomi Campbell at various public events. While there has been confirmation as to whether he and Campbell were involved romantically or just as friends, BuzzFeed pointed out that Campbell and Rihanna, who were previously friends, have drifted apart in the past year.
The theory that’s become popular among fans is that Jameel might have something to do with that. “So is this man the reason their friendship allegedly disintegrated?” wrote Jezebel, “Or are we all trying just a bit too hard?” The jury is still out on whether this is true or not, but Jameel has also been linked to celebrities like Stevie Wonder, according to Daily Mail, and is a fan of the New York Knicks.
5. His Relationship with Rihanna is Said to be ‘The Real Deal’
A source close to the new couple told The Sun “This relationship is the real deal. Rihanna has told friends she’s in love with him and seems completely smitten. They’ve been spending a lot of time together away from prying eyes and are really serious,” the source adds, “They’re really enjoying each others’ company.”
Rihanna is no stranger to publicized romance. The pop songstress previously dated R&B star Chris Brown until 2009, and has since been linked to a number of celebrities like Travis Scott, Leonardo DiCaprio, and most notably, Drake, who have fueled rumors of their romance for the past half decade.
In 2010, Rihanna dated baseball player Matt Kemp for a brief time. It has yet to be revealed whether her relationship with Jameel has been made official.