Maybe you're like us and, whenever you think of Saudi Arabian princes, you think of billionaires riding in gold cars with Bengal tigers sitting in the front seat. While that might seem ridiculous, Saudi billionaires do seem to like exotic cats and gold cars. But not all of them like to flaunt their wealth with extreme purchases. The ones on this list certainly do. You see, we went out and tracked down some of the craziest of these purchases. What we found was craziness. It seems that every extravagant purchase made in the Arab world is claimed to be made by a prince of some sort. Most of them were not, so we had to trim the fat.
That was one of the most challenging aspects of narrowing down this list, aside from having to cut out some really interesting and massive purchased items. Simply trying to wrap our heads around who is considered a prince in Saudi Arabia was challenging because there are so many that fit the description. But, we were successful. We included only those items that are actually owned by a Saudi prince. As you can imagine, not every rich person in Saudi is a prince.
There are plenty of princes in Saudi Arabia. The royal house is very large and many of the men are extraordinarily wealthy. Many of the men highlighted in this list are worth billions of dollars. We became interested in this topic because of the news that several Saudi Princes had been arrested recently. While we will be avoiding that complex topic, we will be looking at what these princes own. So, let's take a look together. Let's go through the highlights of some of the most extreme purchases ever recorded by Saudi princes. Here are The 15 Most Expensive Items Ever Bought By The Billionaire Princes of Saudi Arabia.
15 The World's Most Expensive Home
In 2015, the house that is dubbed "the most expensive home in the world" was sold, but the reports were fuzzy on who the buyer was at first. It wasn't until the end of 2017 that the details were released. The new home owner is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, a man with several billions of dollars to his name.
The house, the Chateau Louis XIV, is a 54,000-square-foot palace outside Versailles.
The palace is simply remarkable. The architecture is stunning, and the grounds are enormous. This isn't some old castle either—not that there's anything wrong with that. This was constructed over the course of three years beginning in 2008. If you have a chance to look at some of the more detailed pictures of this palace, you won't be disappointed.
14 The Largest Private Island Party
In 2013, the private island of Velaa in the Maldives opened up many different villas and luxury rental properties to lure in some of the world's richest vacationers. The Saudi princes found this spot and took a liking to it. They were known to visit a couple of times each year. So, a couple of years after it opened, prince Mohammed bin Salman, the same prince who owns the world's most expensive house, decided to throw a party on the island of Velaa.
He threw down $8 million, rented the entire island and everything on it, and then invited a massive guest list, including some of the world's biggest celebrities and entertainers.
Everyone was brought in by boat and/or seaplane, and each had their own private villas to stay in for the festivities.
13 The World's Most Expensive Painting
Late last year, Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvatore Mundi" painting became the highest-priced painting to ever sell. The astounding price tag of $450 million made the event extremely high-profile, but the seller's identity was kept quiet. Sounds familiar? It should. The buyer was none other than Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi prince who owns the most expensive house in the world and parties on multimillion-dollar private islands. Now, there was some controversy attached to this sale. Since the painting is of Jesus Christ and Salman is a Sunni Muslim,
many people wonder what his intentions with the painting are.
Maybe he just likes great art. Others wonder how this purchase relates to the prince's anti-corruption stance. The price tag on the painting is such because it is the last known painting of Da Vinci's. It was long considered to be a copy, but experts now say it is an original.
12 One Of The Largest Private Yachts In The World
Here's what we know about the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. He enjoys spending money and buys the biggest and best versions of things. His taste in yachts seems to follow this same path. In 2011, our boy, prince Mohammed bin Salman, bought one of the largest private superyachts ever built. Called Serene,
this yacht is in the top 10 of the largest private superyachts, measuring almost 450 feet in length. The total price for this baby was more than $500 million.
It was purchased from a fabulously rich Russian. To put things in perspective, this yacht was rented out before to clients like Bill Gates. The rental price was about $5 million per week. In a cruel twist of fate, it was reported that late last year, the Serene ran aground and took some major damage, although how much is unclear.
11 A Fleet Of Expensive Gold Cars
Even though he is not your typical prince, Turki Bin Abdullah is a Saudi prince from the House of Saud. He might not ever become king, although we're not actually quite sure how the whole system works. Either way, this is a very rich businessman. When Abdullah went to London to visit, he brought with him his fleet of gold cars. Let's just say that the people of London took notice. You see,
Abdullah's fleet of cars are not just any gold cars, they are some of the most expensive cars out there and they're all gold.'
Technically, they're wrapped in gold vinyl, but it's all the same to our eyes. The fleet of cars includes a $500,000 six-wheel Mercedes G63, a $500,000 two-door Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe, a $500,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV, and a customized $300,000 Bentley Flying Spur. Do the math, people. That is a fleet worth nearly $2 million.
10 A Princely Vacation In Bodrum
Last August, a swarm of princely Saudi tourists took to the Turkish resort town of Bodrum. The man paying for the event was prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. With him, the prince brought dozens of people, including family, friends, and bodyguards. He also brought bicycles and a lot of money with him. The group came in on a private jet, rented out a beachside hotel, and parked their monstrous yacht nearby. Each day, the group rode their bicycles around the town and ate like kings.
Reports say that the total week-long vacation cost the prince about $750,000.
A few of the restaurants received enormous tips as well, including one over $5,000 and one over $10,000. Can you imagine being one of the servers who lucked out and had those princely visitors?
9 The World's Most Expensive Car?
Perhaps you've seen the diamond-covered Mercedes around online. It's something that you only need to see once to remember it forever. It's been called the most expensive car in the world. There have also been claims that it's owned by several different people. The truth is, this car is owned by prince (Amir) al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz. The prince is one of the richest men in the royal family, estimated to be worth more than $20 billion. This car, which was showcased at the Dubai auto show for the then-upcoming 50th anniversary of the Mercedes car manufacturer, wowed audiences.
The $4.8-million car is said to be dressed with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals.
It glitters and sparkles so much that taking a picture of the car is more challenging than you would think.
8 The World's Most Expensive Plane
In addition to owning the world's most expensive car, prince Al-Waleed bin Talal also owns the most expensive private airplane. The prince owns a customized Airbus A380, which is a $400-million plane on a good day. But this isn't just any old Airbus A380. This is one built for a Saudi prince.
This plane has more than $100 million in customizations added to it, including a concert hall, a prayer room, and even its own Rolls-Royce.
The plane is so luxurious that it is called "the kingdom in the sky," offering everything the prince and his posse could ask for. According to some reports, this plane has since been sold, but we included it because it's insane.
7 The World's Tallest Tower
Th Jeddah Tower or the Kingdom Tower isn't even built yet, but we're including it in the list. This structure is set to become the world's tallest building, surpassing the Burj Khalifa and becoming the first to ever reach a height of one KM. Owned and operated by Kingdom Holding Company, the Kingdom Tower is really under the ownership of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the chairman and founder of the KHC.
Costing a preliminary cost of $1.23 billion to build, the Kingdom Tower is part of a much larger development plan, which will cost more than $20 billion when completed.
Now, since this isn't a private purchase, you may scream out that we're cheating, but this building is too impressive for us to not include it. Plus, now you know who really owns it. The tower completion is projected for 2019/2020 and will reside in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
6 The Four Seasons Hotel George V
Now, even though the Hotel George V is owned by Four Seasons, which is owned by Kingdom Holding Company, which is owned by prince Al-Walid Ben Talal, we're not doubting ourselves for including this property. After all, this hotel is owned by prince Al-Walid Ben Talal. The Four Seasons Hotel George V is also one of the most historic luxury hotels in Paris and is incredibly well-known in the hospitality world. Besides, Hotel George V is the prince's crown jewel.
Considered as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the prince has said that he will never sell the hotel and takes great pride in owning it.
We don't know what the Hotel George V is worth, but since rooms cost $1,000 per night (minimum), we're thinking at least ($2,000 give or take) a few hundred million.
5 The Savoy Hotel
Much like the Hotel George V in France, the Savoy Hotel is owned by a larger hotel chain, in this case, the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. However, it's prince Al-Walid Ben Talal who is the man behind the hotel. Of all his properties, it seems that the Hotel George V of France and the Savoy Hotel of London are the prince's favorites. The Savoy was built in the late 1800's, playing host to many celebrities and famous people over the last century. Although there have been many rumors as to a potential sale, the Savoy seems to be firmly in the prince's hands. If it were to sell, the valuation is said to be about $300 million.
4 A Palace Resort In Jeddah
Although the details about this planned resort are being kept quiet, it is said that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz al Saud has commissioned a massive resort to be built near Jeddah to house his family. Along with his son, Prince Bader Bin Abdullah Al Farhan Al Saud, the prince has given the green light to start building after having the one-square-kilometer grounds cleared.
The oceanfront property will have seven palaces, each on their own island-like properties and all surrounding a large artificial lake.
The bird's eye view of the design shows that the entire resort is shaped like a flower, with the various palaces on each pedal. At the top of the "flower," the prince's own palace will rest.
3 The Boeing 747 With A Throne Room
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal's Boeing 747 is far from ordinary. Like his other planes, including the Airbus A380, his Boeing 747 is completely customized, turning the inside from a regular airplane into an away-from-home palace. Inside the plane are two luxurious bedrooms, a dining room that seats 14 people,
and even a massive throne for the prince to sit on and ponder about what he wants to buy next.
It's unclear how much the customizations cost, but reports suggest that this 747 cost more than $220 million to purchase. The customizations are almost guaranteed to put the total over $300 million. Just look at all that gold.
2 Tony Hawk's Skateboard And Private Lesson
Who would have ever thought that a Saudi prince would be a skater? Well, he may not be. But this prince is a kindhearted man. Even if he never uses the board, this one was for charity, so we're happy to report on the purchase. The story goes that Tony Hawk was auctioning off a signed skateboard and private lesson at his headquarters from the master himself, all for charity. The Saudi Prince, Talal M. A. Al-Faisal Al-Saud, stepped up to the plate.
He donated $60,000 for the board and the lesson, and the rest is history.
We don't know if he ever took the lesson, but Hawk was sure that the prince would give up after falling once.
1 The Batmobile
When the Gumball 3000 rolls around, we get to see some of the craziest performance cars on the planet come together in one place (at least for a short period of time). Every year, there are cars that blow people away, if only for the architecture and design. Well, recently, we got this car. Owned and driven by Team Galag, this baby was based on the Batmobile design from the Arkham Knight batman games. It looks amazing. Inside the shell, the car has a Lamborghini V10 engine. The carbon fiber body was designed as CAD drawings and built into molds. Perhaps the most amazing part of the entire thing was that Team Galag from Saudi Arabia is led by two Saudi princes.
In total, the car is said to cost more than $1.3 million to build.
Inside is not an actual movie/game replica, but it is all inspired by the Batman vehicle. Everything is functional and intuitive as well, making the car seem useful and not a gimmick.
Sources: Wikipedia; daily mail; huffington post; forbes