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Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, led an exorbitantly lavish lifestyle until his assets were frozen and many of his positions sold off.In fact, he “has probably gone through more cash than any other human being on earth,” according to an extensive story chronicling the prince and his ongoing $23 million legal battle with his former lawyers in the July issue of Vanity Fair.
At one point, he was reportedly spending $50 million a month.
Prince Jefri’s fairy tale life came crashing down after authorities discovered that Jefri had personally blown through $14.8 billion from a government oil investment fund he was purportedly overseeing.
And he remains embroiled in a legal battle with his former attorneys.
Mark Seal’s entire piece in Vanity Fair is worth a read. We picked out some of the highlights.
At one point he was forced to surrender five diamonds, worth $200 million, to the Brunei Investment Agency
He paid $1.3 million for erotic fountain pens and $10 million for eight jewel-encrusted watches that depicted couples having sex
He commissioned the artist J. Seward Johnson to create $800,000 sexually explicit statue, purportedly of himself and his ex-fiancée
He owned a collection of five-star hotels including the New York Palace and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles
He paid $17 million for Michael Jackson to perform at his 50th birthday, at a stadium custom-built for the event
He once imported Joe Montana and Herschel Walker to teach his son football at a cost of seven figures each
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