Top 10 Must Know Facts About the Sultan of Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah, GCB GCMG is the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei. He is also the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. He was Born on 15 July 1946 (age 70 years) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. He received his education from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (1967). He is the eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak (Queen) Damit. He succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei after the abdication of his father on 4 October 1967.
1. His full Malay name and title is 75 characters too long
His full name is Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.
2. His palace has 257 bathrooms
His palace namely Istana cost $1.4-billion and this is recorded as the largest residential palace in the world, as judged by total indoor floor space.
3. He enjoyed polo leisurely and owns 200 polo ponies
So he usually imports Argentinians to play against.He loves polo since his school days and those above-mentioned ponies live quite comfortably together in a massive air-conditioned stable.
4. He has five sons, seven daughters and 10 grandchildren
He married his first wife in 1967. The he married two second wives. The one is a former Royal Brunei Airlines stewardess and the other is a prominent TV news anchor 33 years his junior. Later he divorced both and removed all their royal titles. Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (m. 2005–2010), Isteri Mariam (m. 1982–2003), Pengiran Anak Saleha (m. 1965)
5. He is in Guinness Book of World Records
He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for his $1.4-billion Istana. This is recorded as the largest residential palace in the world, as judged by total indoor floor space.
6. He is quite fond of his youngest brother, Prince Jefri
Prince Jefri is his youngest brother and the sultan loves him lot. Prince Jefri is a playboy thought to have singlehandedly spent crores of money than anyone else on the earth.
7. He paid Michael Jackson $17 million to perform
He simply paid Michael Jackson $17 million to perform in an enormous stadium built by him as a birthday present to himself on his 50th birthday.
8. He has personal collection of over 7,000 high performance cars
A great portion of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah net worth related to hi personal collection of over 7,000 high performance cars. This worth more than $5 billion which includes 600 Rolls Royce cars, over 300 Ferraris,134 Koenigeggs, 11 McLaren F1s, 6 Dauer Porsche 962 LMs and many luxurious Jaguars.
9. He is one among the wealthiest individuals in the world
The Sultan has been ranked among the wealthiest individuals in the world. The Forbes estimated the Sultan’s total peak net worth at US$20 billion in 2008. Majority of his money is from oil. Oil is very important because this is the reason behind all the money he has. Brunei has a substantial museum featuring the history of oil in the country
10. He is the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah, GCB GCMG is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. He is the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei.