La vie incroyable du prince Waleed, 5ème fortune mondiale.
Al-Walid ben Talal ben Abdul Aziz Al Saoud dit aussi Al-Walid ben Talal Ibn Saoud, ou plus simplement le prince Al-Walid (ou encore à l’anglaise Al-Waleed) est un prince et homme d’affaires saoudien né le 7 mars 1955. Il est membre de la famille princière Ibn Saoud, fils du prince Talal ben Abdel Aziz Ibn Saoud, petit-fils du roi Abdel Aziz Ibn Saoud, fondateur de la dynastie. Sa mère est Muna es-Solh, fille du premier 1er ministre libanais Riyad es-Solh. En mars 2007, sa fortune était évaluée par Forbes à 20.3 milliards de dollars, au 13e rang mondial, mais contrairement aux autres princes du pétrole, il a bâti sa fortune en achetant et vendant des sociétés diverses. C’est donc un homme d’affaires important via la Kingdom Holding Company, qui détient des parts dans de nombreuses multinationales : dans la banque (Citigroup) — Sa plus belle affaire est d’être entré dans le capital de cette banque, aujourd’hui, la plus grande banque du monde ; dans la construction ; dans l’immobilier ; dans l’hôtellerie : 180 hôtels dont l’hôtel George-V à Paris ; principal actionnaire après Disney d’Euro Disney SCA dont il détient 10 % du capital, propriétaire du Disneyland Resort Paris ; propriétaire du label musical Rotana ; dans les médias avec 5,5 % de News Corporation ; mais aussi AOL, Motorola, eBay et bien d’autres…
New Kingdom 5KR Yacht
Okay, so the Prince already has an older yacht named 5KR as well. Five is his favorite number, Kingdom stands for his investment firm, and K and R are the initials of his children. The old yacht measures 282 feet and was used in the Bond flick Never Say Never Again. It has a disco, cinema, helipad, pool, guest rooms and all the other luxuries you can think of. However a new yacht has caught the Prince’s fancy. It will cost him $500 million, but the yacht will be almost double the size of the old one at 557 feet. It is reputed to be the third biggest in the world and is slated for delivery in 2014. It would be named the New Kingdom 5KR. No word yet what he plans to do with the old one.
Castel of Castagneto
The Prince bought this house located on the hills of Turin in Italy in 2009. The size of the house is 21,528 square feet, and the total area of the land is equivalent to 173 acres. The huge place features a farm building, a house for the caretaker, several orchards, vegetable gardens and flower balconies, as well as vintage greenhouses. An artistic house in a cozy area, this is used whenever he decides to swing by southern Europe.
The Prince owns a Hawker Siddeley 125, a medium-sized corporate plane that is powered by the Viper Turbojet engines from Rolls Royce. The plane is a limited edition and is only built for a few rich and famous people. Then again, only the rich and famous could buy a private plane. Still, he bought a Boeing 747 outfitted with a throne, two bedrooms, and 14-seat dining table. There are 11 flight attendants who come from different parts of the world who serve it. So as not to antagonize Boeing’s competitor, he also bought an Airbus 380, which has a Turkish bath, a concert hall, boardroom with holographic projectors and a garage for his Rolls Royce.
L’interieur du boeing 747 privé du prince
La salle de conference de l’avion
Pour les courts trajets,l’helicoptere fait l’affaire
Rolls Royce Phantom
The car features panels finished with oak woods, an LCD television set, air conditioning controls for both front and back seats, sensors for occupants, and storage for authentic French champagne. The car’s luxury and design are perfect complements to his image and lifestyle.
Mercedes Benz SL 600
After getting his 37th car, the Prince decided he needed something special for his 38th. So he bought a Mercedes Benz. Hmm, does not sound that incredible, does it? So, he had diamonds encrusted all over the car. He added some Swarovski crystals just for good measure. And when I say all over the car, I do mean all over. Diamonds are encrusted not only in the body, but also in the tailpipe, the wheel rims, the logo, the door handles. It was unveiled in Dubai during the carmaker’s anniversary. Not sure if he was short of money to pay for the $48 million car because reports have it that he is charging a thousand dollars to anyone who wants to touch it.
He probably liked the design of his diamond Mercedes so much that he ordered the same thing, but this time for a motorcycle. He paid $4.8 million for a Ducati that was encrusted all over with diamonds and Swarovski crystals. A Ducati, by itself, can already grab the attention of bystanders. Wearing a diamond, by itself, can have the same effect. Even the mere presence of Prince Waleed may be enough to make people stop and look. So you can just imagine the amount of attention that a Ducati with diamonds encrusted and sparkling all over it would grab whenever he passes by. Hmm, it actually begs the question of does he really use it?
He has in his collection several Lamborghinis and Ferraris. As a matter of fact, he has more than 300 cars in his collection, which is several times more than what we would own in our lifetimes. Owning one of those red beauties with an engine sound resonating with a distinctive high pitch is a car lover’s ultimate wish. Well, Prince Al Waleed has several of these Ferraris, meaning he has had his wish granted several times over.
Women who work for Alwaleed stand among animals he hunted
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