Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah with his wives Raja Isteri Pengiran Hajjah Anak Saleha (left) and Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar (right).
On Wednesday 16th June 2010, the world media reported that the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, divorced his Malaysian wife, Her Royal Highness, Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar after five years of marriage.
The video below shows the announcement of the divorce by the Grand Chamberlain of Brunei, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Haji Alauddin.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the 63-year-old absolute monarch of this tiny,
oil-rich country on Borneo island, married Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, a former
Malaysian TV news journalist, in August 2005.
Azrinaz, who is fondly known as Naz, started work as a Broadcast Journalist with Malaysian private and no. 1 television channel TV3 Malaysia in 1997. She won TV3’s "Most Promising Journalist" award in 2000 and received the Malaysian Institute of Integrative Media, M-I-I-M, Alumni Award in 2002.
She quit TV3 in May 2005, saying that she wanted to "venture into other undertakings", which actually means she was getting married.
Azrinaz, 30, gave birth to the sultan's 11th child, a baby boy, Prince Abdul Wakeel less than
a year after their wedding, on 1st June 2006 at 12.43 am.
A 21-cannon salute was fired at the vicinity of the Istana Nurul Iman to celebrate the birth.
On 28 January 2008 at 4.21pm, she gave birth to a princess, Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.
Brunei's palace announced on state television and radio late Wednesday, 16th June 2010, that the sultan has divorced Azrinaz and revoked all her royal titles.
No other details were made available, but rumors of a royal breakup had been
circulating in Brunei.
This is the second divorce for the Sultan of Brunei, who was once the richest man in the world and whose private fortune has been
estimated to total at least USD$20 billion in recent years.
He broke up with former airline stewardess Mariam Abdul Aziz, who is of Bruneian, Japanese and
Scottish ancestry, in February 2003 after 21 years of marriage.
He remains married to his first wife, Raja Isteri Pengiran Hajjah Anak Saleha, whom he wed in 1967.
Their son, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, is heir to the throne.
The Sultan of Brunei ascended to the throne on Oct. 5, 1967, after his father
The Sultan's wealth is legendary. While playing polo with Britain's Prince
Charles, he once had his polo shoes delivered -- by helicopter -- to the palace
The Daily Mirror (UK) reported on 26 October 2007 that the Sultan owned 130 Rolls Royces, 531 Mercedes-Benzes, 367 Ferraris, 362 Bentleys, 185 BMWs, 177 Jaguars, 160 Porsches and 20 Lamborghinis.
However according to Guinness World Records the Sultan's personal private collection has more than 600 Rolls-Royces, more than 450 Ferraris, and 134 Koenigseggs — the largest collection of that marque in the world.
During the 1990s, his family accounted for almost half of all Rolls-Royce purchases, bulk buying slightly modified vehicles for diplomats and adding unique cars to their own collection. He also owns the very last Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, a 1992 state landaulette.
Among his collection of luxurious cars are :
1. the Porsche Carrera GT
2. Lamborghini Diablo Jota
3. Porsche 959
4. Bugatti EB110
5. Bugatti Veyron
6. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
7. Maybach 62
8. Jaguar XJR-15
9. Dauer 962s
10. Ferrari FX
11. Bentley Continental R
12. the only Porsche Carma made in the world
13. the only Koenigsegg Agera CC GT
14. two fully operational versions of the Ferrari Mythos concept car
15. Ferrari 456 GT Sedans
16. the only right hand drive Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR in the world
17. five McLaren F1s including both black LM models & three Cizeta-Moroder V16T
18. Aston Martin One-77s
19. the only convertible Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
20. the only Cicero BDB Maestro ever built.
Rolls Royce Phantom VI
Porsche Carrera GT if i am not mistaken
Porsche 959 if i am not mistaken
Mercedes Benz CLK GTR
Maybach 62 Sedan
Lamborghini - another version
Koenigsegg agera supercar
Bugatti Veyron.... phewwww
He also possesses a Formula One car as driven by every Formula 1 World Drivers Champion since the 1980 Formula One season, particularly the ones driven in the last race for each season.
A prime example of this is Jacques Villeneuve's Williams FW19 which still bears the collision damage courtesy of Michael Schumacher in the 1997 European Grand Prix.
Views inside the specially built Sultan of Brunei's gold-plated Boeing 747-400
For personal use, the sultan has two Boeing 747-400s furnished with gold plated furniture with an estimated value of USD$233 million including USD$3 million on furniture each. He also owns six smaller planes and two helicopters.
Entrance to the USD3 Billion Jerudong Park - Brunei's own Disneyland
The Sultan of Brunei also operates a USD$3 billion theme park called Jerudong Park, which in the past used to be free of charge.
Michael Jackson once performed at Jerudong Park, Brunei on July 16th, 1996 in conjunction with the Sultan of Brunei's 50th Birthday. The mega show by the mega star was free of charges for Bruneians to watch the King of Pop on that day.
The Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan
His official residence is the Istana Nurul Iman, with approximately 1,888 rooms, 290 bathrooms, and a floor area of 2,152,782 square feet (200,000 m²), undisputedly the world's second largest palace after Beijing's Forbidden City (720,000 m²).
Whenever the traffic stops at the entrance of the Sultan of Brunei's Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan, either The Sultan himself, or his princes and princesses came out of the Palace. In this case, a Lamborghini or Ferrari is being driven by one of his princes.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has five sons and seven daughters with his three wives.
By HM Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha:
HRH Princess Rashidah (born 26 July 1969)
HRH Princess Muta-Wakkilah (born 12 October 1971)
HRH Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah (born 17 February 1974) (future Sultan of Brunei)
HRH Princess Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah (born 16 March 1976)
HRH Princess Hafizah (born 12 March 1980)
HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik (born 30 June 1983)
By HRH Pengiran Isteri Mariam: (divorced in 2003)
HRH Prince 'Abdul 'Azim (born 29 July 1982)
HRH Princess 'Azemah (born 26 September 1984)
HRH Princess Fadzillah (born 23 August 1985)
HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen (born 10 August 1991)
By HRH Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim: divorced in June 2010
HRH Prince 'Abdul Wakeel (born 1 June 2006)
HRH Princess Ameerah (born 28 January 2008)2006