Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Is Fourth Richest King In The World

Written by Jaxon S on August 26th, 2008 in Brunei.

Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, is the world’s fourth richest royal with a net worth of US$20 billion (RM66 billion), according to Forbes Magazines.

Brunei, a tiny sultanate sandwiched between Malaysia’s Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island, has a population of about 400,000 people.

Forbes says the sultan’s wealth is based on oil and gas reserves, “…but with oil fields set to dry up in 10 years, production has been cut. He is currently battling with brother Prince Jefri over allegedly misappropriated assets; an arrest warrant was issued for Prince Jefri this summer when he reportedly failed to appear in a U.K. court to address charges.”

He was crowned 40 years ago and is Brunei’s 29th sultan in an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim dynasty and rules concurrently as its prime minister, defense minister, finance minister and head of religion. [Source]

The Top 10 richest royals are:

#01. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Age 80) (Thailand) (US$35 billion)

#02. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 60 (United Arab Emirates) (US$23 billion)

#03. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, 84 (Saudi Arabia) (US$21 billion)

#04. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, 62 (Brunei) (US$20 billion)

#05. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 58 (Dubai) (US$18 billion)

#06. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, 63 (Liechtenstein) (US$5 billion)

#07. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 56 (Qatar) (US$2 billion)

#08. King Mohammed VI, 46 (Morocco) (US$1.5 billion)

#09. Prince Albert II, 50 (Monaco) (US$1.4 billion)

#10. Sultan Qaboos bin Said, 67 (Oman) (US$1.1 billion)

There you go. Brunei Boleh, Borneo Boleh!

By the way, do you know that the word Borneo originated from the word Brunei, which itself is the name of a tree, Bruni? More in this later…

4 Responses to “Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Is Fourth Richest King In The World”

  1. redapes Says:

    The Sultan of Brunei should buy the entire Heart of Borneo and protect it from deforestation. His name would live on forever in history and he would be remembered as a great man who protected the earth and all living creatures….

    Reach out and save the orangutans! redapes.org

  2. Jaxon S Says:

    Agree with you; although buying the entire HoB may be impossible, the ruler should exert his influence and take personal interest in the protection of the area..

  3. bebek Says:

    i went to brunei many times for official duty… in 2005 i once saw the sultan himself driving a black 4WD Mercedes with his son - the crown prince of Brunei seated in the passenger seat…. the royal family was driving in the compound of Empire Hotel…. we were on a golf buggy when the driver suddenly stopped to make way for the sultan!!!!

  4. Jaxon S Says:

    my friend bebek,

    ya, he is rich, and therefore powerful. wealth does come with power.

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