The power of RACING Sheikh Mohammed will do everything to win the Arc de Triomphe – the richest race in Europe on Sunday.
He has both horses leading the market for the £ 4.3million extravagance in the form of Hurricane Lane and Adayar – but some would say he’s already won for life.
Worth an estimated £ 4 billion, the ruler of Dubai and owner of Godolphin leads a life of total luxury.
This includes a 531 foot superyacht and an amazing real estate empire in Britain – worth a combined half BILLION pound sterling.
And these are in addition to his ownership of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Let’s look at the yacht though, the gigantic 531-foot ship – roughly three football pitches – that requires 88 crew members to keep the appearance of a ship.
It was completed in 2006, and the yacht – which until 2009 was the world’s largest – is usually moored on Sheikh Mohammed’s private island in front of his summer palace in Dubai.
The very size of the thing begs for belief.
There’s a helipad, enough space on its eight decks for 115 guests and even a nightclub on board.
There is a huge dining room to entertain visitors, a cinema, a submarine and even a squash court.
The 10m swimming pool at the top is connected not to one but to two Jacuzzis, with stunning ocean views.
Spiral staircases connect one floor to another and there are also said to be three elevators inside.
The enormous yacht has a top speed of 30 mph and its 1.2 million liter diesel tanks allow it to cover 8,500 nautical miles.
The yacht is essentially a floating palace – and a world away from the actual palace it owns in the UK.
The true scale of the Sheikh’s investment in British real estate has not been confirmed – but even what is known to the public is mind-boggling.
It includes the £ 13million purchase of Woodhay in Surrey last year, a house marketed as a ‘lavish and aesthetically beautiful mansion’.
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Woodhay has ten rooms, a swimming pool and a cinema, all in a ten hectare park located six kilometers from Ascot – where the Sheikh runs his thoroughbred horses.
There’s the £ 75million Longcross House near Cobham in Surrey.
And another property of the Sheikh is Dalham Hall.
It seized the Suffolk Estate in 2009 for £ 45million and it now serves as a Grade II listed stud near Newmarket Racecourse.
The countryside heap, which spans 3,300 acres of land, was once owned by British diamond magnate and imperialist Cecil Rhodes.
But even that estate is overshadowed by his 14-bed holiday home in the Scottish Highlands, which sits on a 63,000-acre estate.
The house, which has helipads for up to three helicopters, was also entangled in a planning row when the Sheikh planned to add a hunting lodge and a laundry room to clean guests’ clothes.
These are only known mansions – it is also believed to have properties in some of London’s most exclusive areas.
One of his family’s businesses bought a house in Eaton Square in Belgravia in 2013 for £ 17.3million.
The square was named the most expensive place to buy property in Britain in 2016.
But even the hefty price tag of that purchase may have been eclipsed by the sale of a six-story property in Knightsbridge three years ago.
When Rutland House hit the market in 2018, it made headlines for its staggering price tag of £ 61.5million.
No one knew who bought the mega-pad, which featured an underground pool, cinema, and aquarium.
But The Guardian alleges it was bought by Lizzium Ltd, a company based in the Jersey tax haven, which also owns Warren Towers, another Sheikh Mohammed property in Newmarket.
It is also unclear how much property the ruler of Dubai actually owns in Newmarket, which has become a kind of home for him.
In addition to Warren Towers and Dalham Hall, Sheikh Mohammed has two large horse racing stables there.
They are part of Godolphin, the thoroughbred family business that has stables all over the world and produces some of the most sought after stallions on the planet.
His love of horse racing is said to have led him to invest over £ 600million in the sport over the past decade, and he has been pictured with the Queen at prestigious events like Royal Ascot.
It is believed that his properties in Newmarket could now be as much as half the city, consisting of paddocks, stables and even dozens of ordinary houses.
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