Donald Trump had the opportunity during a one-on-one meeting with the Jordanian king Wednesday to set a good example for other world leaders. Afterward, the two leaders traveled to a Christian church in Amman, Jordan’s capital city, to talk about refugee relief.
While Canadians expressed their gratitude for the aid Canada has sent to Jordan, King Abdullah II acquired a new line of luxury-home cred. The Associated Press obtained copies of contracts that show he purchased new- or remodeled-ready, five-bedroom homes for his Saudi-flagged yacht, private jet, and a wife’s home, among other items.
The king’s building spree started in early 2014 when he purchased a new two-story, 9,600-square-foot home that cost an estimated $6.4 million.
In June 2016, six months after the caliphate became infamous across the world, he launched an unbridled spending spree and purchased 18 luxury home after 25 years of renting homes, none of which were renovated for more than $750,000.
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The king finished constructing his gift to his wife’s home, which offered full-floor living space, in November of last year. He had already spent about $12 million on furnishings.
King Abdullah II also sought to make sure nobody was complaining about the lavish purchases, including:
The $3.4 million he spent to purchase six-story, 19,000-square-foot home for himself and his five children to live in.
The $4.8 million he spent to build a 72-room palace at his country home.
$7.2 million he spent to construct and finish renovating the main house at his palatial palace for the royal family, complete with a corridor more than 15 feet wide, elevators, and a staff of 75 servants to cater to his needs.
His net worth, based on the contracts he signed, is about $1.4 billion. He became the king of Jordan in 1999 after his father, King Hussein, died.
It is not illegal for a Saudi to own more than one house or houseboat.
King Abdullah II has not responded to the lengths to which he has invested in his luxurious properties.
The king’s boats are not permitted to be driven by American or European pilots.
The access granted the king, which includes his private airport and an exclusive military base where the crown prince of Kuwait plans to base his private jet, is proof that the kingdom can afford the luxury.
The gilded palaces and private jets are indications that Saudi money can power every aspect of every aspect of every aspect of every aspect of every aspect of life in the kingdom.