sultans of bling

Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud was the one time King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

From the hotel Incosol just outside Marbella, Fahd directed the construction of his Marbella property, Mar Mar Palace, modelled on the White House. Tales of excess and extravagance, of sex and shopping sprees, filled the pages of the world’s tabloid press.

Fahd was known as the King of Bling, the Sultan of Splendour. His personal wealth was estimated at Euro 25 billion and he was reputed to earn more in a minute that any monarch in history did in a year”.

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He arrived at Malaga International Airport in his own customised Boeing-747. Its fittings included a solid gold toilet, gold cutlery and plates, and a gold throne. He turned up with his latest toy; a customised pen that could sign a cheque in gold ink. He also had the casino fountain gush only Cristal champagne while he was at the table.

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His half brother King Khaled owned a private jet too. As he suffered from heart trouble he had an operating theatre installed so his doctors could perform open heart surgery in midair should this be necessary. When Queen Elizabeth visited King Khaled in 1979, he arranged a desert picnic for her with 50 lambs roasted on a spit, enormous silver dishes of lobster and a unicorn carved out of butter.

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In 2005, Fahd’s health took a turn for the worse and he was back in Marabella.

When King Fahd last summered in here in 1999, he and his vast retinue spent €90m. Hoteliers, restaurateurs, jewellers and florists are waiting expectantly after estimates that the royal party will this time spend up to €6m (£4m) a day.

A local florist is to supply €1,500 of fresh flowers to the palace daily during the royal visit. Five hundred mobile phones have been ordered, the palace will receive 50 specially ordered cakes a day and a direct line of credit has been set up with the nearest branch of a leading department store, which is to remain open round the clock to satisfy instantly every royal whim. A plane will fly in weekly from Ryadh bringing the King water from Mecca, dates, lamb, rice and spices.

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Another Saudi royal who loves a plane or two is Prince Alwaleed bin Tahal. He already had a Boeing 747 but added to his fleet an Airbus A380

In addition to a 70-inch flat screen, the dining room features cabinets (to the left and right of the table) that house 42-inch pop-up monitors.

Just a glimpse into how the really really really rich folk live……


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  1. If you’ve got it flaunt it ….. I bought a new biro myself yesterday ….. *sob*

    • I’ve got a purple biro… that’s quite royal enough for me

  2. It’s comforting to know that 25 billion Euro today is not what it was. The delusion of making a lavatory out of gold is staggering, isn’t it? AFter all nothing changes the content of what goes into it.

  3. I don’t even like the look of that toilet. So there. And, no, this is not sour grapes. ;)
    Alas, they will never know the joy to be found in balancing a budget. (Of course, I haven’t yet, either.)

  4. From now on I too will be referred to as “Sultan of Splendour”

    • Will there be a cartoon?

  5. as i prepare to get on another DC-3 out of town, i will pretend the wobbly lav full of the pretty blue water is a golden throne… and i shall shit with my head held high!

    • I don’t care about gold toilets, but a fountain of champagne could pique my interest……

  6. Because nothing says “you’ve arrived!” like relieving yourself on solid gold.

    We, the world community, MUST find an alternative to fossil fuel. These guys are grotesque and need to be put out of business.

    The pic of GWB in a lip lock made me choke on my coffee.

    • Yeah… sorry about that UB ;-)

  7. Most people don’t realize how quick and easy clean up is with a gold toilet. It is really quite practical.

    Thor Muscles

    • You’re speaking from personal experience?

      • Not exactly, but it is what the maid tells me.

        John Richman

    • well, that was my first thought.

  8. I would want ALL that wealth and more to play tonsil-hockey with G-Dubbya……

  9. He may be rich, but he’s still ugly, and he has to wear funny clothes and kiss dudes like GWB. I’m sticking with poor.

  10. I would think that after a certain amount of wealth, you wouldn’t need anymore…and maybe consider spreading some to your people. I doubt that having a solid gold toilet would make your day any more pleasant than say a gold-plated toilet. And then you could give the difference to starving people or something.

    Nah, that would be just crazy.

    • “yeah that’s crazy talk” she says facetiously.

  11. There is some hope in the last image however, notice in the dining setting that not one of the lavish chairs is fitted with a safety belt. Now if an aircraft should encounter turbulence or a microburst… I mean all the money in the world can’t control the atmosphere.

    It’s pleasantly Darwinian methinks.

    The King

    • The toilets don’t have safety belts either. Tsk tsk.

  12. Reminds me of the story…

    This man in a Ford Prefect pulls up next to a guy in a Rolls Royce at a stop sign. Their windows are open and he yells at the guy in the Rolls: “Hey, do you have a telephone in there?”

    The guy in the Rolls says, “Yes, of course I do.”

    “I’ve got one too… see?”

    “Uh, huh, yes, that’s very nice.”

    Then the man in the Prefect says, “You got a fax machine?”

    “Why, actually, yes, I do.”

    “I do too! See? It’s right here!”

    The light is just about to turn green and the guy in the Prefect says, “So, do YOU have a double bed in back there?”

    And the guy in the Rolls says, “NO! Do you?”

    “Yep, got my double bed right in back here — see?”

    The light turns and the man in the Prefect takes off.

    Well, the guy in the Rolls is not about to be one-upped, so he goes immediately to a customizing shop and orders them to put a double bed in back of his car. About two weeks later, the job is finally done and he picks up his car and drives all over town looking for the Prefect. He finally finds it parked alongside the road so he pulls his Rolls up next to it.

    The windows on the Prefect are all fogged up and he feels a little awkward about it, but he gets out of his newly modified Rolls and taps on the foggy window of the Prefect. The man in the Prefect finally opens the window a crack and peeks out. The guy in the Rolls says, “Hey, remember me?”

    “Yeah, yeah, I remember you. What’s up?”

    “Check this out — I got a double bed installed in my Rolls.”

    And the man in the Prefect says, “You got me out of the shower to tell me that?!”

    • Ha! Funny story Tom

      • too funny! haha

  13. That much personal wealth is hard for me to grasp.

  14. Is it wrong that I find that nurse doing her own open heart surgery unbelievably sexy? Probably not, but I like to check my work.

  15. “…a solid gold toilet……and a gold throne.”

    They’re the same thing surely….we’ve always called the toilet the throne room.

  16. I’m going to pretend that they’re all very unhappy.

    • The richest woman I knew was also the most unhappy. She barely left the house, drank vodka for breakfast, had numerous plastic surgeries and put her only son in boarding school 10 minutes away from where she lived.

  17. I’m with Syncopated eyeball. THis amount of money is hard to conceptualise. How they spend their money is obscene

  18. who’s been sending you photographs of our office facilities?

  19. what it would be like to be mega rich …. sigh!!!

  20. 50 lambs on “a” spit. That’s a big spit and a big fire.

    Love the flower people art!

  21. “Diabetic, arthritic and overweight, King Fahd is still suffering the effects of a stroke in 1995 and his condition is said to be unstable after eye surgery in Switzerland.” (Quote from the link about Fahd in Marabella) How the rich people live does not keep them from having bad health, nor will they live forever.

    I love the flower people too, followed the link to enjoy the others. What fun.

  22. On one hand we have generous, caring philanthropists, and on the other, a few selfish bastards. The limo story was great, as was the post. Except W made me sick for a second.

  23. I once had a Ford Defect – - -

  24. and don’t forget my toilet is heated..the gold can get awfully cold at 40 thousand feet. and who sent you the pics of my plane? those were not for public viewing.

    • I think it was your husband…..

  25. Gotta love them Saudis . . . and Dubya likes the tickly moustache kiss

  26. I live in fear of clicking on Nurse Myra’s photo links, but that gold toilet shot is more disgusting than any of them. How many good things could he do with all that wealth?

    …now feeling really guilty about saying to The King this morning, “If the valet parking is full, I’ll kill myself”.

    • 7 sleeps for you queenie?

  27. They’re that close??? (nearly faints at the picture at the very top)

  28. Yes, that first photo was enough to put me off – way off. Independent poverty is what I choose.

  29. I’d be ashamed to use a golden toilet. What a waste for waste!

  30. [...] this post from last year about King Fahd of Saudi [...]


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