The younger brother of Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman has spent $12 million on a lavish eight-bedroom estate in Virginia, DailyMail.com has revealed.
Khalid bin Salman al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, bought the estate with cash in February last year using a front company, property documents show.
DailyMail.com has also discovered big spending al-Saud has blown around $8million while working as ambassador, chartering a luxury 767 jet which costs a staggering $30,000 an hour.
Al-Saud’s 24,000square-foot home, known as Le Chateau de Lumiere or the Palace of Light, is located just 18 miles from Washington, DC, in Great Falls, Virginia and will certainly raise a few eyebrows.
The 28-year-old Saudi prince bought the property while he was still a student studying International Security Affairs at Georgetown University, before rising to the role of ambassador in April last year.
The Palace of Light was built by Iranian-American luxury developer Mike Mafi, who has built other homes in the Washington area.
The property boasts eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a ballroom according to the Washington Post, which ran a profile of the Palace a month before its sale.
The home has three master suites, one on each floor. The second-floor master suite is 3,500 square feet, with a sitting area, his and her closets, a wraparound balcony and 16 chandeliers.
According to the Post the lower level has 11ft ceilings, a home theater with a 200-inch screen, a card room, a wet bar, a basketball court, a workout room with a water feature, a massage room, a steam shower and a sauna.
The front doors are decorated in ornate gold-leaf and hand-forged iron and besides having three staircases, an elevator also runs to all three levels. There are eight fireplaces and two garages that fit six cars.
Le Chateau de Lumiere received Home of the Year at the Great American Living Awards and was also honored twice more by GALA.
‘All those mansions in Rhode Island played a major factor in the design,’ Mafi told the Post. ‘Privacy was the main thing.’
While living in style is very important to the Saudi ambassador, al-Saud also likes to travel in style DailyMail.com has learned.
The prince regularly charters a private Boeing 767 at a cost of $30,000 an hour, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Video obtained by the Washington think tank shows al-Saud disembarking from the plane after it taxied from the runway at Dulles Airport near DC in July last year.
The customized plane, which has 63 seats, a master bedroom and a 14-hour range, is currently on sale for $65 million, according to German website Planespotters.net.
The jet is managed by Swiss firm Comlux, although it is owned by the government of Kazakhstan for official use by the president.
‘He’s been trying to sell it for years, but can’t, so Comlux are chartering it out for him,’ said the source. ‘Khalid bin Salman uses it from time to time.’
Analysis of al-Saud’s recorded flights by the Gulf Institute shows the total cost to be an estimated $8million, or 267 hours.
Al-Saud is a former F-15 pilot who trained with the US Air Force in Mississippi.
Al-Saud was appointed ambassador in April, 2017, replacing Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (above), who had served in the post since October 2015
In 2014, he took part in sorties and bombing raids against ISIS as part of the US-led international coalition against the militants and also served in Yemen.
Aside from jaunts to Capitol Hill and quiet visits to a few Georgetown restaurants, the prince keeps a low profile in Washington.
He has a wife and two young children and has access to the official ambassador’s residence – a palatial compound overlooking the Potomac River in McLean, Virginia.
Al-Saud was appointed ambassador in April, 2017, replacing Prince Abdullah bin Faisal, who had served in the post since October 2015.