Apple CEO Steve Jobs met with one of the world's richest men in recent days, Apple investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Jobs briefed the Saudi billionaire regarding Apple's strategic plans, telling him that the company believes music will remain a key consumer interest, and that the HP Apple deal was an "excellent venture". The Prince also has investments in HP.

The importance of the meeting can't be overestimated: the Saudi multi-billionaire (Fobes estimate: $17.7 billion) is the wealthiest investor outside the US; and is a nephew of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and a grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia.

The Prince also met with Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, and Rick Braddock, chairman of