Meet the 23 year old Saudi billionaire playboy with a fleet of gold supercars.
Since arriving in London in March Saudi billionaire Turki Bin Abdullah, 23, has made international headlines for the extravagant display of wealth which includes a custom $500,000 Aventador, a $500,000 six-wheeler Mercedes AMG off-roader, a $500,000 Rolls Phantom Coupe, a $350,000 Bentley Flying Spur and a $250,000 Lamborghini Huracan — all painted a uniform shade of gold and imported from the Middle East. He and his entourage are regularly spotted cruising around the affluent streets of West London.
So who exactly is Turki Bin Abdullah? Britain’s MailOnline interviewed him last month. Although he was reluctant to reveal any sort of personal information, he was happy to talk about his cars, which he described as his ‘passion’. He also revealed his first ever car was a Porsche 911 and that he customises each of his cars, spending hundreds of thousands on each vehicle to have to covered in gold vinyl as it is his favourite – and lucky – colour. He tips parking attendants £50 a time and hands out designer goods to his friends like sweets.
MailOnline arranged to meet Bin Abdullah close to Buckingham Palace, at the spot where rich Londoners like to see and be seen in their luxury cars on the weekend. His entourage made a head-turning arrival in the bright gold Bentley and Mercedes AMG off-roader.
Summarizing the MailOnline report; “After several minutes the doors of the Mercedes opened and Bin Abdullah’s entourage poured out, a group including his PR man, his security detail and some friends. They then surrounded the Bentley and, finally, the star of the show himself stepped out. Diminutive and baby cheeked he stepped out of the vehicle and shyly shook hands while his entourage attempted to hold back the crowd of interested passers-by.
Despite his taste for the eye-catching the 23-year-old clearly did not relish being the centre of everyone’s attention. Some of the people in the growing crowd had begun shoving one another in order to get a better look at the circus which was unfolding.
All of a sudden Bin Abdullah bolted, walking quickly away from the cars while talking on his phone.
“His security team nodded at us to follow so we dutifully wandered over to a quiet spot where we were told the interview had to be moved as there were ‘too many people around. We were told to hop in a taxi and to meet Bin Abdullah at London’s opulent Mandarin Oriental and the golden vehicles would follow.
But as we pulled away a police car suddenly rolled up behind us after letting out a bleep of sirens.
The officers appeared to be asking what exactly the supercars were doing parking brazenly in the middle of The Mall on a Saturday afternoon. After a minute and some gesturing on both sides we moved off.
Unfortunately the relief was short lived. As we circled around the busy roundabout at Hyde Park Corner we were confused and then rather alarmed when the golden cars carried on going.
“We decided to carry on to the hotel and hope they turned up. I sent a text to Michael, Bin Abdullah’s PR man, who sent the reassuring reply ‘We will be there in 5.’
“Half an hour later we were still waiting in the opulent surroundings of one of London’s most luxurious hotels where Abdullah regularly stayed before he got his own apartment in Mayfair. Finally, the entourage and Bin Abdullah turned up. Michael the PR cheerfully told us: ‘This is what it’s like – our plans change all the time!’
“As they settled in with us it appeared some soul searching had been taking place on the journey. ‘He doesn’t want to do video or pictures,’ Michael the PR man told me. ‘It’s fine – you just ask the questions and write them down.’
He did reveal that all together he has seven gold cars – but has only brought four of them to London, which is one of his favourite cities along with Paris. But Bin Abdullah was very keen to make one point: He resents the implication that he is one of those who drive their cars loudly and anti-socially through West London.
He says he never breaks the law and it appears to be a bugbear for him that media outlets in the Middle East have tried to portray him as a feckless driver terrorising London.
He said: ‘In two months I have not had a speeding ticket or broken any red lights.”