President Obama very recently joked with the Sultan upon his visit to the US that he should go shopping while he was visiting so he could help boost the sagging economy, but the Sultan already has one of everything he desires and he’s a car guy so, naturally, he also has the world’s largest car collection.
His rule over the Sultanate of Brunei, an oil and natural gas-rich nation off the northwest coast of Borneo, began in 1967. The twice-divorced Bolkiah is the 29th Sultan, following his father who abdicated the throne and carries a laundry list of titles including Prime Minister, Inspector General of Police, President, and Supreme Commander of the Brunei Royal Armed Forces in addition to honorary titles bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II of England. He likes to play badminton, race cars and enjoys a nice cigar.
The Sultan of Brunei car collection numbers over 5,000 exotics, sports cars, rare and limited editions, all housed in a garage that is really more of a palace by all standards, with separate wings devoted to each brand. Reportedly, there are over 300 Ferraris, 20 Koenigeggs, 6 Daver Porsche 962 LM’s, 11 McLaren F1’s, and 600 Rolls Royces, all valued at an estimated $300,000,000.00. It has been reported that much of the collection actually belongs to the Sultan’s 3rd brother, Prince Jefri, and various nephews and that most of the collection is unused and decaying. Other trivia has it that the staff has a Rolls Royce in the driveway, always running, 24/7 and that members of his harem are paid over $200,000.00 a week.