One of my favourite little-recognized details about King Abdullah II of Jordan is that he is obsessive about Star Trek. Like, extraordinarily obsessed. American diplomats have been conscious of his obsession when he visited America again in 1996. This was three years earlier than he turned King of one of essentially the most geographically vital international locations on this planet. On your data, Jordan is not precisely gushing with oil like Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Bahrain. Jordan – which is roughly the scale of Idaho – is one of the west’s most essential allies due to the truth that it is pleasant to western international locations, enthusiastic about defeating terrorists and actually a squeezed between Israel and Saudi Arabia on one border and Israel and Iraq on one other border.
Searching for to impress their customer, American advisors informed the Crown Prince that he would be capable to tour the set of “Star Trek: Voyager” which was then filming its second season.
Abdullah was ecstatic.
And that was just the start of the shock. The diplomats really organized for the present’s producers to carve out a fast on-display talking function for the Nice Grandson of the founder of trendy Jordan. When he arrived on set he was given a uniform and a few strains to memorize.
Abdullah’s cameo takes place within the opening scene of Season 2, episode 20, “Investigations.” Sadly his talking elements needed to be lower from the ultimate model as a result of Abdullah isn’t an element of the Display screen Actor’s Guild. Sorry! No union rule exceptions even for visiting Crown Princes. Right here a photograph of the then 34-yr-previous Crown Prince in his sole IMDB performing credit score:
The King’s Star Trek cameo has completely nothing with the next article. I simply cannot assume or speak about Abdullah with out remembering that anecdote.
In the present day we’re speaking about King Abdullah due to the so-referred to as “Pandora Papers.” The Pandora Papers are a leak of 12 million information from 14 worldwide monetary companies which have dealt with transactions for some of the world’s wealthiest folks.
Yesterday, we broke down how the Pandora Papers revealed that an alleged girlfriend/child momma of Vladimir Putin has reportedly amassed $100 million worth of assets over the past 20 years. Her property are mentioned to incorporate a multi-million greenback residence in Monaco and possession stakes in a serious financial institution and luxurious ski resort.
In the present day, thanks again to reporting from The Guardian, we’re studying about King Abdullah’s secret private actual property portfolio.
Simply to be clear: None of the King’s American actual property purchases seem like any method unlawful or improper. As King of Jordan, Abdullah is wealthy. Extraordinarily wealthy. At a minimal we estimate his net worth to be $750 million.
In line with information reviewed by the Guardian, over the twenty years King Abdullah has used greater than 30 shell corporations primarily based within the British Virgin Islands to amass $100 million value of actual property in america and $40 million value of private properties in the UK.
In line with the leaked paperwork, between 2012 and 2014 Abdullah paid a mixed complete of $16 million for 4 residences within the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. On the time, his son, Crown Prince Hussein, was attending Georgetown College. Between 2005 and 2011 he purchased 5 luxurious properties in and round London.
However his most indulgent purchases occurred over in California.
Triple Mansion Malibu Compound
In line with the leaked paperwork, between 2014 and 2017 the King allegedly spent $70 million to purchase three facet-by-facet mansion in Malibu. He purchased the primary property in 2014 utilizing a shell firm referred to as Nabisco Holdings. The acquisition value was $33.5 million. He then used two totally different shell corporations (all three are primarily based within the British Virgin Islands) to purchase the houses subsequent door. In 2015 he paid $12.5 million for the second, and in 2017 he paid $23 million for the third.
I discovered three houses in a drone video that was filmed in regards to the space, which is called Level Dume. This video was filmed in 2015 I queued the video as much as the three:23 mark. Abdullah reportedly owns the three mansions you see closest to the undeveloped bluff:
Within the six years for the reason that above video was filmed, Abdullah seems to have razed the mansion that sits closest to the bluff and changed with a contemporary new construction. I feel the opposite two mansions stay in roughly the identical form from when he purchased them.
The video under from the Washington Submit right now has a fast drone shot of how the realm seems right now. I queued the video to the 5:51 mark:
In response to the Pandora Papers revelations, a Jordanian official launched the next assertion:
“It’s no secret that His Majesty owns a quantity of residences and residences in america and the UK. This isn’t uncommon nor improper. His Majesty makes use of these properties throughout official visits and hosts officers and overseas dignitaries there. The King and his members of the family additionally keep in some of these properties throughout non-public visits…. Any allegations that hyperlink these non-public properties to public funds or help are baseless and deliberate makes an attempt to distort details… All public funds and worldwide help are topic to skilled audits, and their allocations are totally accounted for by the federal government and donor entities.“