MARRIAGE His first was to a Syrian cousin at the age of 17. He is reported to have at least 23 children from at least five wives.
CONVINCED Muslims are victims of U.S.-led terrorism, bin Laden is blamed for masterminding a series of attacks on U.S. targets in Africa and the Middle East in the 1990s. His family disowned him, and he was stripped of his Saudi citizenship.
TALL, gaunt and bearded, bin Laden was unhurt by U.S. missile strikes on his Afghan camps after the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa.
APPROVED the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States in which nearly 3,000 people died, saying later that the results had exceeded his expectations.