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Meet Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, Who Owns 7000 Fleet of Cars

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The Sultan, named Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, has been on the throne in the oil-rich nation for 52 years and has hobnobbed with many of the royal family, including the Queen and Prince Phillip.

He is renowned for splashing out on expensive cars worth up to $18.5 million each, a property portfolio worth billions and private jets complete with solid gold fittings.

The Sultan of Brunei has been on the throne since 1967.

The Sultan of Brunei has been on the throne since 1967.Source:The Sun

His extravagant spending also includes splashing £19,000 ($A35,000) flying his favourite stylist out to Brunei via private jet for a haircut — and he has even been known to have his polo shoes flown out to a match by helicopter.

Here we take a look inside the lavish lifestyle of the spendthrift Sultan.

Prince Charles enjoys high tea at the palace in Brunei in 2017.

Prince Charles enjoys high tea at the palace in Brunei in 2017.

The Sultan loves a wedding, having had three of his own — and splashing out millions on each.

In 1965, he wed his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha who bore him six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee.

Polygamous marriages are legal in Brunei, so the Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and Queen Consort.

He met second wife Hajah Mariam when she was working as an air hostess on the national airline and wed her in 1982 — a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child.

He divorced Hajah — the mother of four more children — in 2003 and stripped her of her royal titles before wedding TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar who gave him two more children before they divorced in 2010.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkia and second wife Queen Hajah Mariam sit on the throne during an investiture ceremony for the Sultan's 50th birthday celebrations.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkia and second wife Queen Hajah Mariam sit on the throne during an investiture ceremony for the Sultan’s 50th birthday celebrations.Source:The Sun

Despite being a father of 12, he digs deep when it comes to his own kids tying the knot.

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The lavish weddings of five of his children were each celebrated for over a week and are said to have cost over £5 million ($A9.2 million) each.

When his eldest son, the Crown Prince, married teen bride Sarah Salleh, 17, the bride wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels, as well as a chunky pure gold anklet.

For the wedding of his eldest daughter, Princess Rashidah, Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her $10.1 million.

Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah applies ceremonial paste to Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah during festivities for the royal wedding on September 19, 2012.

Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah applies ceremonial paste to Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah during festivities for the royal wedding on September 19, 2012.Source:The Sun

But that pales into insignificance when it comes to the celebration of his own 50th birthday in 1996.

The fortnight of celebrations — which cost over $36.9 million — included a polo match and a gala dinner for 3000 at the opulent palace, with caviar from the endangered beluga and free-flowing champagne.

The wealthy ruler paid Michael Jackson $25.8 million to perform at three concerts — one for 6000 of his subjects and the other two for the Sultan’s private guests.

At the end of the celebrations, every guest left with a solid gold medal.

Home for the 29th Sultan, who has been married and divorced three times, is the Instana Nurul Iman Palace — the largest royal residence in the world.

Built over two years, it cost just over £1 billion ($A1.8 billion) and boasts 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.

Decorated throughout with gold and diamond fixtures, it also has five swimming pools, a banquet hall for over 5000 guests and mosque with space for 1500.

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The sprawling palace has 1788 rooms.

The sprawling palace has 1788 rooms.Source:The Sun

One of the five pools inside the Brunei palace.

One of the five pools inside the Brunei palace.Source:The Sun

Even the 200 polo ponies enjoy the height of luxury — with a purpose-built stable complete with airconditioning.

The Sultan’s London pad is St John’s Lodge in Regents Park, which consists of three linked properties in the most expensive postcode in the capital.

The opulent residence was bought for $73.9 million in 1994 and it’s now estimated to be worth $203 million, making it the most expensive private house in the UK.

Queen Azrinaz Mazhar, the Sultan’s third wife, attends his 60th birthday.

Queen Azrinaz Mazhar, the Sultan’s third wife, attends his 60th birthday.Source:The Sun

The banqueting suite, set for the Crown Prince's wedding, holds 5000 guests.

The banqueting suite, set for the Crown Prince’s wedding, holds 5000 guests.Source:The Sun

He also owns properties on the Gold Coast of Australia and in the US, in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and he is generous when it comes to gifting houses to family members.

In 1997, he gave his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mega-compound in Las Vegas worth $83 million.

Built in a prime Sin City site, it has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms and 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a large garage that houses 11 cars.

St John's House in Regent's Park is the most expensive private house in the UK.

St John’s House in Regent’s Park is the most expensive private house in the UK.Source:The Sun

THE $9 BILLION CAR COLLECTION WITH A GOLD-PLATED ROLLS

Appropriately for someone who has a fortune in oil, the Sultan is something of a petrolhead, owning the world’s largest car collection.

His 7000 motors include more than 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, more than 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs.

The £5 billion ($A9 billion) collection also boasts 600 Rolls Royces, including a 24-carat gold-plated Silver Spur Limo used for royal weddings.

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The custom-built Rolls Royce is gold-plated and is used for Royal weddings.

The custom-built Rolls Royce is gold-plated and is used for Royal weddings.Source:The Sun

The Sultan's 7000-strong fleet includes Ferraris, Aston Martins and Bentleys.

The Sultan’s 7000-strong fleet includes Ferraris, Aston Martins and Bentleys.

The Sultan’s fleet of private planes includes a customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystal.

The bathrooms on the £233 million ($A431 million) plane also boast washbasins of solid gold.

He also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m ($A138 million) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m ($A251 million).

The private jet has gold and crystal fittings and solid gold sinks.

The private jet has gold and crystal fittings and solid gold sinks.Source:The Sun

The Prince with a custom-built six door Rolls in 1984.

The Prince with a custom-built six door Rolls in 1984.Source:The Sun

Court papers in 2012 revealed he paid $2.33 million to his badminton coach, $2.3 million for acupuncture and massage and $92,000 on guards for his exotic birds.

Two housekeepers were also paid $12.9 million each.

He is also generous with gifts — spending $31.5 million a year on diamonds and jewellery as presents for family members.

The Brunei royal family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the company — at a cost of $592 million.

It could work out as a saving in the long run.

Jacko was paid $25.9 million to take part in the 50th birthday celebrations.

Jacko was paid $25.9 million to take part in the 50th birthday celebrations.Source:The Sun

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