Luxury cars, castles, hotels: the luxury life of the Sultan of Brunei who enacted a law condemning homosexuals to stoning
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Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:54 PM
UPDATE Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:54 PM
On the pretext of respecting the Sharia, Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of the small Asian state of Brunei tried to condemn homosexuals to stoning. Stirring up a legitimate controversy, he announced that the law would not be applied following international pressure, including calls to boycott celebrities such as George Clooney and Ellen Degeneres.
The Sultanate of Brunei is subject to a rigid and rigorous law which claims to be inspired by Sharia law. Yet Hassanal Bolkiah and his family are known for their opulence and extravagance which clearly amounts to a form of hypocrisy.
Indeed, Bolkiah was known as a playboy whose escapades were documented. The $ 20 billion man was considered the richest in the world in the 1980s and 1990s before being dethroned by Bill Gates.
With his brother, they spent their millions in London casinos, in luxury cars, yachts and hotels.
The Sultan would thus hold with his younger brother more than 5,000 cars, including 500 Rolls-Royces and would be a regular at night races in Ferrari in the sleepy streets of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei.
Likewise, to celebrate his second marriage, the sovereign had a huge palace built with 1778 rooms and a garage that could accommodate 800 cars. All this at the modest cost of $ 600 million. Guinness World Records named it the largest residential palace in the world.
Bolkiah had also hired Michael Jackson for his 50th birthday.
Hassanal's brother, Jepri is said to have maintained a harem of 40 women.
The second wife celebrated by the palace has notably spent $ 2.7 million with a clairvoyant.
The sultan has his own zoo. Heads of state who visit the country have the pleasure of taking a little tour of this private fauna, home to 30 Bengal tigers, flamingos and cockatoos.
Bolkiah obviously has his own Boeing 747 which cost him $ 400 million to which is added $ 120 million in luxurious fittings.
Finally, the monarch is very fond of his London hairdresser, whom he has brought back to the palace in first class to have his hair cut, the classic haircut at nearly $ 20,000.