>> A hero's welcome. These videos being shared in Saudi Arabia show billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal heading back to work in Riyadh after his release from weeks of detention in an anti-corruption crackdown. At least half a dozen top businessmen were detained as officials sought to recover $100 billion in ilicit funds.
Reuters can't verify the videos, but they're doing the rounds on social media inside the kingdom. Reuters Saudi correspondent Stephen Kalin says investors, however, might not be cheering.>> Investors will be watching closely to see how this plays out. One banker told us it may take six to nine months without any more disruptions or surprises for business confidence to return.
A source told us that he held a long meeting in his office in that building to get an operational overview of his sprawling business empire, which includes stakes in several international companies, like Citigroup and Lyft.>> Uncertainty hangs over the business community. The tycoons freed from this luxury hotel may face a challenge getting back into the swing of things.
Their ability to do so could impact Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's grand vision to transform the kingdom and reduce its dependence on oil. Spooked investors may keep their distance. In another video being shared, freed property mogul Mohammed al-Amoudi greets a procession of well-wishers from his home in Jeddah.
Many other released detainees are doing the same, including retail billionaire Fawaz al-Hokair and media magnate Waleed al-Ibrahim.>> In an email to employees, NBC said chairman Waleed al-Ibrahim was excited to get back to work. But because so much of this process has been shrouded in secrecy, we don't know the accusations against many of these people.
We don't know what the terms of the settlements were. And we're really not sure how much they'll be able to get back to their normal lives and to running their huge empires.>> These Saudi tycoons have long been content to focus on amassing huge profits. But the government's anti-corruption drive could stop them in their tracks