The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the richest religious monarchs in the world. According to Insider, he was once worth $40 billion (N15,500,000,000,000).
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; born 15 July 1946) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei, as well as the Prime Minister of Brunei, making him one of the last absolute monarchs.
The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri (Queen) Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on 5 October 1967.
Some of his lavish lifestyles include reportedly racing Ferraris at midnight through Brunei’s capital, building a 1,788 room palace, and spending as much as $20,000 (N7,750,000) to get a haircut.
It should be noted that he succeeded his father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, who had 10 children from several wives.
Bolkiah’s father abdicated the throne in 1967 and made him the king while he was at UK’s Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.
A year after, Bolkiah ascended the throne when he got done with the academy. The man was also known as a playboy as he had so many extra-marital affairs.
The big palace covers a wide area of 2.2 million square feet. Its designer was the popular Architect Leandro Locsin. It made World Guinness Records as the largest residential palace.
Another thing worthy of note was that the Sultan’s family reportedly bought half of the world’s Rolls-Royce as Bokiah held a record for having the largest collection.
Meanwhile, It was earlier reported that a list of top 5 Africa’s richest kings published by Forbes magazine in 2014 recently resurfaced.
The information regarding the king and their wealth was edited on Thursday, May 28. King Mohammed VI of Morocco led the other four kings on the list with $2 billion.
Nigerian King Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, the Olugbo of the Ugbo Kingdom is second as he commands $300m. In other news, a Twitter user with the name Drift sensei got the whole of Twitter talking as he shared pictures of him posing with his father’s Rolls-Royce.
When Twitter User ChiefpresitofPh asked him in amazement if his father has two Rolls Royce, the young man replied and corrected him that they are actually three; two ghosts and 1 wraith.
Another Twitter user with the name Suhail H Saulawa was dumbstruck that he had to offer some prayer as he said: “God bless you. ELITE!!”
A person with the name Duke of Africa said that whoever retweeted the tweet to his timeline really inspired him on the need to work hard.