Ri c h e s t P r i n c e : S u lt a n Ha s s a n a l B o lk i a h

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Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, President of the richestcountry in the world Popular, lavish, uses gold in everything was born literally eating with spoons made of gold Clothes worn embroidered with gold and silver. These are some pictures of his palace. The largest and most luxurious palace in the world consists of 1788 rooms with some furnished in gold and diamond-encrusted 257 bath inlaid with gold and silver and a garage to accommodate 110 cars. The palace has 650 suites each furnished at not less than 150,000 thousand euros. This requires the visitor to spend 24 hours just to inspect each room for 30 seconds.

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He also has six small aircraft and two helicopters. Featured addons such as a whirlpool bath of pure gold. the Rolls Royce company combined their car designs with that of Porsche. This vehicle is currently in London for use during his stay in Britain. and then re-designed as a home at a cost of more than one hundred and twenty million dollars.The Sultan of Brunei's plane Most luxurious aircraft in the world. inlaid with gold. The Sultan has also a Boeing 747 worth a hundred million dollars. Wikipedia 531 367 362 185 177 160 Porsches says he has: Mercedes-Benzes Ferraris Bentleys BMWs Jaguars . One of the cars of theSultan of Brunei At the special request of the Sultan of Brunei.

130 And Bringing the total number of his cars to 1.932 Rolls-Royces 20 Lamborghinis Hassanal Bolkiah From Wikipedia. 214 days) Coronation 1 August 1968 Predecessor Omar Ali Saifuddien III Heir-apparent Al-Muhtadee Billah . Hassanal Bolkiah Sultan Yang Dipertuan Negara Hassanal Bolkiah Sultan of Brunei Reign 4 October 1967 (43 years. the free encyclopedia Not to be confused with the fifth Sultan of Brunei Bolkiah.

the 29th Sultan of Brunei and the first Prime Minister of Brunei Darussalam. 2003) Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (m.Spouse Pengiran Anak Saleha Pengiran Isteri Mariam (div. . and Pengiran Anak Damit. the 28th Sultan of Brunei. He was the eldest son of Omar Ali Saifuddien III. 2010) Issue Al-Muhtadee Billah Azim 'Abdul Malik Abdul Mateen 'Abdul Wakeel Rashidah Muta-Wakkilah Majeedah Hafizah 'Azemah Fadzilah Ameerah Born 15 July 1946 (age 64) Istana Darussalam. British Empire Religion Muslim . 2005. Brunei. div. Bandar Seri Begawan.Sunni General Haji Sir Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah GCB GCMG (born 15 July 1946) is the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Hu Jintao Hassanal Bolkiah Prime Minister of Brunei Incumbent . styles and honours o o o 5.Contents [hide] 1 Political role as Sultan 2 Early years and education o 2. Politics of Brunei.3 Military honours 6 See also 7 References 8 External links [edit]Political role as Sultan For further information on the politics of Brunei see the article.1 Title 5.2 Acadamic honours 5.1 Other assets 3 Marriage and children 4 Controversies 5 Titles. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah with President ofPeople's Republic of China.

2004 Born 15 July 1946 (age 64) Istana Darussalam. 1984 Monarch Hassanal Bolkiah (himself) Minister of Defence Incumbent Assumed office January 1. Brunei Birth name Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Political party none Alma mater Royal Military Academy. Sandhurst. Bandar Seri Begawan. United Kingdom .Assumed office January 1. 1984 Member of the Legislative Council Incumbent Assumed office September 25. 1984 Minister of Finance Incumbent Assumed office January 1.

000 m²). an Honorary General in the British and Indonesian armed forces and an Honorary Admiral of the Fleet in the British Navy. and a floor area of 2. the Sultan attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in October 1967 but returned home to be the Crown Prince few months before graduation. He becamecrown prince in 1961 and sultan on 5 October 1967. which presents the monarchy as the defender of the faith. After receiving a private education in Brunei.152. 290 bathrooms. His official residence is the Istana Nurul Iman.Religion Islam Under Brunei's 1959 constitution. with 1. he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. As Minister of Defence he is also the Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. He addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Brunei Darussalam's admission to theUnited Nations in September. [edit]Early years and education He was born on 15 July 1946 in Brunei Town (now called Bandar Seri Begawan). which had been dissolved since 1962. after his father abdicated voluntarily. The Istana is an official residence with offices housing the Offices of the Sultan and . he has attempted to share the country's oil wealth.[4][5] Bruneians have free education and medical services. was reopened. the Legislative Council.888 rooms. Like his father. where he joined the Cadet Corps (band). The Sultan received high school education in Malaysia's premier school Victoria Institution inKuala Lumpur. a reference to the significant influence of theShell Oil Company. undisputedly the world's second largest palace after Beijing's Forbidden City (720.782 sq ft (200. including emergency powers since 1962.[1] Bolkiah is also the Prime Minister as well as holding the portfolios of Minister of Defence andFinance. In Brunei. In 1991. There are neither personal nor corporate taxes in Brunei. of which Brunei was a protectorate until 1984.000 m²). Al-Muhtadee Billah. mockingly dubbed the "Shellfare State".[3] His designated successor is his eldest son. the Sultan is thehead of state with full executive authority. His coronation was held on 1 August 1968. On 9 March 2006.[2] He has recently favoured Brunei government democratisation and declared himself Prime Minister and President. the Sultan was reported to have changed Brunei's constitution to make himself infallible under Bruneian law. he introduced a conservative ideology to Brunei called Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) (or Malay Islamic Monarchy). In 2004. He appointed himself as Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Royal Brunei Police Force. 1984. [edit]Other assets Despite his personal extravagance.

[8] The . his first wife. The Crown Prince. They divorced in 2010. Mark Burby. also works from offices at the istana.[6] Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is the crown prince and the Sultan's heir. many istana departments like protocol. [edit]Marriage and children The Sultan currently has one wife. His former second wife. the eldest son of the Sultan and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha. Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim. Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) whom he divorced in 2003. stripping her of all her royal titles. Some offices of the Ministry of Defence and Ministries of Finance are also functional there as the Sultan is the Prime Minister. was defrauded by two members of the Brunei royal family. Hassanal Bolkiah has five sons and seven daughters with his three wives. Grand Chamberlain's office. istana household and finance departments and offices of the Prime Minister's Department. Hyatt Borneo Management Services and HM The Sultan's flight also maintain offices there.Yang DiPertuam. As of 2008. Pengiran Ayub (the Sultan's cousin) and Pengiran Damit (the Sultan's sister-in-law). Minister of Defence and Minister of Finance. was a former stewardess for the national carrier. who is the Senior Minister.[7]  By HM Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha:       HRH Princess Rashidah (born 26 July 1969) HRH Princess Muta-Wakkilah (born 12 October 1971) HRH Crown Prince General Dr Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (born 17 February 1974) HRH Princess Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah (born 16 March 1976) HRH Princess Hafizah (born 12 March 1980) HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik (born 30 June 1983)  By HRH Pengiran Isteri Mariam (divorced in 2003):     HRH Prince 'Abdul 'Azim (born 29 July 1982) HRH Princess 'Azemah (born 26 September 1984) HRH Princess Fadzillah (born 23 August 1985) HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen (born 10 August 1991)  By HRH Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (divorced in 2010):   HRH Prince 'Abdul Wakeel (born 1 June 2006) HRH Princess Ameerah (born 28 January 2008) [edit]Controversies Between 2001 and 2005 a UK businessman. Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam. with Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha being designated his first wife. who is 33 years younger than the Sultan. In August 2005 her place was taken by a former Malaysian TV3presenter.

and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Aberdeen. These other women include former Miss Teen USA and future Miss USA Brandi Sherwood.200 each for a modeling job in Brunei (whereas on the ABC news program 20/20. one of whom was the Sultan's son. and the Brunei Royals were ordered to pay over £50M of lost earning to Burby. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand.[13] [edit]Titles.[14] [edit]Acadamic honours The Sultan received an honorary doctorate from a Russian university. Marketic said she was supposed to provide "intellectual conversations" with visiting guests of the royal family). Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam. and Miss United Kingdom runner up Paula Bradbury.[11] The women were often told to go with a man to have "tea" with him. England. the debt remains unpaid. As of July 2009. Marketic said that after 32 days.case went to trial."[10] They were allegedly expected to dance at nightly parties during which they were groped and grabbed by men.000 in settlement. former Miss USA Shannon Marketic filed a lawsuit against the ruling family of Brunei for $90 million.[9] The case was thrown out due to the immunity of the ruling family as heads of state.[9] In the case.[15] He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Oxford. Prince Azim. Scotland.[12] In her interview on 20/20. Marketic maintained that she and Stephanie Granton were held as "sex slaves" at the Sultan's palace and were "intimidated and coerced into performing physically and morally repulsive acts of prostitution. During the dances Marketic was also allegedly abused verbally with comments made about her bare breasts. who was invited along by Shannon.[12] There has been no further investigation into this case although there are allegations both supporting and refuting her claims. she had a letter sent to the US Embassy.[8] After the judgement. [edit]Title styles and honours The style and title of the Sultan is full is His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'Izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien. Burby went to work for a more-senior Brunei Royal on the understanding that the Sultan would ensure that the debt was paid.000 by the ruling family and flown back to the United States.[8] In 1997. . Paula Bradbury separately sued the Sultan and won £500. and then had sex with him. shortly afterwards. she was paid $10. Marketic alleged that she and 6 other young women were paid $127.

[16] On 27 January 2005. he was made an honorary member of the Indonesian Satgas Atbara Special Operations Unit. Dartmouth.[18] The scroll for the honorary doctorate was presented by Lord Duoro. one of the oldest universities in Asia having been established 160 years ago.[17] On 14 April 2011. the chairman of the Council of King's College London.[22] He possesses red beret and paratrooper wings of the Black Hawk paratroopers.[21] a title given to him by Queen Elizabeth II when he took the salute at the passing out parade of the 2001 summer term at Britannia Royal Naval College. In April 2008. . presented to him by the Indian Army during his state visit toIndia. the Royal Navy's officer-training school in the United Kingdom. he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the National University of Singapore.[20] He is also an HonoraryAdmiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom.In 2003. Republic of Indonesia.[19] [edit]Military honours The Sultan holds an honorary commission in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as an Air Marshal. Yogyakarta. he was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Law by King's College London. he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities and Culture from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). He was awarded with an honorary doctorate in philoposhy and humanities on 21 April 2011 from Universitas Indonesia. awarded to him during his visit to the Pakistan Army's SSG headquarters at Cherat. He holds the rank of Honorary Colonel of Pakistan's Special Service Group (SSG). He has an English residence at Binfield Manor in Berkshire.

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