King Abdullah II’s wealth: Inside the Gulf kingdom

Image copyright AFP Image caption King Abdullah II is the third richest man in Jordan after his family King Abdullah II of Jordan has a vast wealth. He has several palaces, an art collection,…

King Abdullah II's wealth: Inside the Gulf kingdom

Image copyright AFP Image caption King Abdullah II is the third richest man in Jordan after his family

King Abdullah II of Jordan has a vast wealth. He has several palaces, an art collection, and a huge wealth of luxury vehicles.

He is the world’s third richest man, with a net worth of $14bn (£11.1bn), according to Forbes magazine.

He lives in a palatial palace with his sons and many of the other top members of his family.

In 2013 the US Senate placed limits on the amount of money they could be given for use at a public event, but they maintain homes in Washington DC and overseas.

In total, the king owns 111 homes.

Perched on a horse

The king was born in 1935 in a village in the Judaean province of Palestine. He was trained as a veterinarian and worked in Saudi Arabia.

He was educated at the Philadelphia University of Agriculture, where he met and married his future queen, Rania.

In 1981, he was drafted in to lead the new Jordanian government, nearly two years after the popular uprising in Lebanon.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Abdullah II’s luxurious Windsor Castle suite is apparently just one of his various residences

He made peace with his nation’s then enemies, the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Syria, and went on to serve as the only Arab leader to maintain full diplomatic relations with Israel.

The king is the only Christian king of a Middle Eastern country.

In 1990, he moved from Amman, the capital, to Windsor Castle in London. It is there that he installed his fleet of luxury cars.

His Mercedes Benz pictured here in Windsor has more than 40,000 miles (66,000km) on it and was completely redone in 2017. His other Mercedes and Rolls Royce are said to be in London.

Image copyright GETTY Image caption King Abdullah II used Windsor Castle to meet with his US visitors during the George W Bush administration

The mansion in Windsor Castle, where he spends most of his time with his wife, is one of three palaces the king owns. The others are in Amman, and near Damascus.

The Windsor mansion has no power or plumbing, but it does have eight dining rooms, a theatre, a terrace and can accommodate several hundred people for parties.

Today, the palace is visited by diplomats and heads of states and which has the added advantage of being free from traffic.

For a monarch like the king, such amenities must come at a high price.

In 2016, the leaked bank records showed he owned properties in London, Paris, Geneva, Beirut, New York, and Tel Aviv, where his family founded a brand of luxury goods outlets.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each room is decorated with plenty of marble, gold leaf and mirrors.

He bought his palaces using state funds. The state owns the minaret used in the palace at Windsor Castle and rents it out to raise funds for his upkeep.

At least five members of his family own palaces in Amman and in London.

Video caption The palace at Windsor Castle is six times larger than the King Abdullah II palace in Amman

The royals are often criticised for not living simply. Their heavily wood-panelled palaces boast 14-ft (4m) ceilings and expensive works of art.

Though the royals are not allowed to sell their homes at a profit, they have been reported to own assets that could provide a multi-million-dollar sum.

Photos of the opulent Bahaa Palace in Saudi Arabia show it as a sight to behold, with the king and his family enjoying fine food, fine wine and luxury cars.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Billionaire Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has built palaces for himself, his father and members of the royal family

In December last year,

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