Hassanal Bolkiah ( born July 15, 1946 in Bandar Seri Begawan ), completely Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah, is the 29th Sultan and Yang Di - Pertuan of Brunei. He took over the government force on 4 October 1967 by Omar Ali Saifuddin III his father.
He is Head of State, Prime Minister, Defence and Finance in a person and at the same time the supreme guardian of the Islamic state religion. He lives in the Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan, the largest palace of the earth. With assets of more than 20 billion U.S. dollars, it is one of the richest people in the world and the five richest monarchs.
In his younger years Bolkiah visited Malay and English elite schools and universities as well as royal palace schools in Brunei.
His younger brother Jefri was accused of embezzling $ 14.8 billion from the royal household.
Marriage and descendants
The Sultan has as of June 2010, a wife, since their wedding in 1965 is also the first wife. It is known to Raja Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Isteri when Queen Saleha, which is a direct cousin of the Sultan.
His second wife Pengiran Hajah Mariam Isteri was a flight attendant Royal Brunei Airlines, from which Bolkiah divorced in 2003. In August 2005, he married the Malaysian TV reporter Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, from whom he was divorced in 2010. Both women were all former titles and orders revoked.
Since August 10, 1998, his son Al- Muhtadee Billah is used as heir to the throne of Brunei and thus as crown prince.
The Sultan has a total of 12 women with three children.
- Queen Saleha: Princess Rashidah ( born July 26, 1969)
- Princess Muta - Wakkilah ( born October 12, 1971)
- Crown Prince Al- Muhtadee Billah ( born February 17, 1974)
- Princess Majeedah (born 16 March 1976)
- Princess Hafizah (born 12 March 1980)
- Prince Abdul Malik (born 30 June 1983)
- Prince Abdul Azim (born 29 July 1982)
- Princess Azemah ( born September 26, 1984)
- Princess Fadzillah (born 23 August 1985)
- Prince Abdul Mateen ( born August 10, 1991)
- Prince Abdul Wakeel (born 1 June 2006)
- Princess Ameerah (born 28 January 2008)
Award and Medal
Sultan Bolkiah has received numerous awards and decorations. The most important include the British Order of Order of the Bath and the Order of St Michael and St George and the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II by the Japanese emperor in 1984 he received the Order of chrysanthemums; On 30 March 1998 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.
Bolkiah holds honorary doctorates from Russia, Thailand and the Law, University of Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, King's College London and the National University of Singapore as well as in the humanities and culture at the University of Indonesia.
Way of life
Bolkiahs hobby is horse riding. His is the largest sports and luxury car collection in the world, for their use befitting He even build on his palace grounds a racetrack. It should be around 3,000 to 5,000 vehicles, including countless individual productions of the most prestigious manufacturers in the world, whose unit prices come not infrequently seven-digit U.S. dollar totals. His 142 -meter-long yacht is one of the largest in the world.
He continues to hold private aircraft types Airbus 340-200, Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 747-400, in which, inter alia, gilded faucets can be found.