October 6, 1992 |
The Sultan of Brunei, probably the world's richest person, yesterday marked the 25th year of his reign by riding through the streets of the capital in a gold-encrusted chariot pulled by 40 men. The smiling sultan (estimated wealth: $37 billion), draped in royal yellow, sat on a throne topped with a parasol and waved to many of his 261,000 subjects. The 46-year-old ruler, in a 10- minute speech, pledged $1 million to aid Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is one of the world's last absolute monarchs; he has two wives, nine children and lives in a 1,778-room palace.
August 26, 1997 |
A former Miss USA and Miss California claims the sultan of Brunei had her held captive on an island palace for 32 days in hopes of coercing her into all-night sex parties. Now back at home, Shannon La Rhea Marketic can't get her day in court. U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled yesterday that the sultan of Brunei, as a head of state, has sovereign immunity against lawsuits. Marshall made the decision after reviewing an opinion from a lawyer for U.S. Department of State.
August 31, 1998 |
British author James Bartholomew spent years researching his 1987 book on the Sultan of Brunei, The Richest Man in the World. In elaborate detail, it scrutinized the extravagant lifestyle of the oil-rich Asian potentate who lived in a 1,788-room palace and owned more than 500 luxury automobiles. Bartholomew expected the book to generate interest in the sultan, so he was not surprised when two private investigators telephoned him. Their questions, however, focused on a member of the sultan's inner circle - a group that also included Mohamed al-Fayed, owner of Harrod's department store, Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and a Hindu mystic.
May 3, 1996 |
As boxing comedies go, The Great White Hype floats like an elephant, stings like a gnat. It has laughs, but this spoof doesn't deliver hard-hitting satire. Hype tweaks boxing like This Is Spinal Tap tweaked heavy-metal music; it's a gallery of wickedly amusing caricatures in search of a sharper story. The film stars peppery Samuel L. Jackson as the Rev. Fred Sultan, a boxing promoter so charismatic and corrupt - and did we say flashily dressed? - that he makes Don King look like a Cub Scout.
February 10, 2000 |
A Wisconsin football recruit suspended from the team before last season was sentenced to 37 years in prison yesterday for sexual assault and burglary. Dane County Circuit Judge Stuart Schwartz also sentenced Jael Speights to 40 years of probation. He will be eligible for parole in about eight years. Speights, 19, a highly recruited prep star and honor student from Zion-Benton High School in Illinois, pleaded no contest last October to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one burglary charge.
May 13, 1987 |
Mark Belnick, the sleuth who tracked down the last big missing chunk of money in the Iran-Contra affair, said yesterday that he had followed the theory that "what's right before your eyes is the thing most hidden. " Belnick, a top aide on the Senate committee investigating the scandal, discovered the whereabouts of $10 million that apparently had been something of a mystery to everyone involved, including the sultan of Brunei, who deposited the money, and a Swiss tycoon, who ended up collecting it. The sultan kept saying he had sent the money last August through his Citibank account to a secret Swiss bank account controlled by associates of Lt. Col. Oliver North, the fired White House aide.
June 18, 2011
Ignatius Stephen, 75, a top Bruneian journalist who reported from the oil-rich sultanate on Borneo island for about 50 years, died Thursday hours after a fall at his home in Bandar Seri Begawan. Mr. Stephen gained respect for covering pivotal events in Brunei's history since the early 1960s. The Brudirect.com website, which Mr. Stephen established, said Friday that he revealed details about a rare political rebellion against Brunei's sultan in 1962 that shaped the country's future.
August 3, 2005 |
Thomas W. Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute The death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has brought forth reassuring words from Riyadh of a smooth transition to the new monarch, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and stability in the kingdom. The kingdom does indeed appear stable now as the terrorism of the past two years has subsided, but in a very few years, the succession issue could become potentially destabilizing. After Abdullah and his half-brother Sultan (the defense minister who now becomes crown prince)
June 28, 1989 |
Donald Trump is fishing for another yacht. His 292-foot Trump Princess apparently is too small for his entertainment needs. The new superyacht will cost about $140 million and, with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and other luxuries, be the biggest yacht in the world, the New York Post and New York Newsday reported today. Trump said he's accepting bids from boat builders for "something in excess of 400 feet long, closer to 500 feet. " The billionaire developer said he needs a bigger boat to entertain high-rollers from his two booming Atlantic City casinos and buyers of Trump condos.
August 20, 1999 |
While an increasing number of coin sales take place on the Internet, the information about coins that can be found there has assumed even greater importance. Web sites offer vast reference material for collectors and authors, and the number and variety of sites increase daily. Counterfeiting, one of the fascinations of minting and currency systems, is the subject of an informative page set up by the American Numismatic Association. At www.money.org/cruikshank.html Robert W. Hoge, curator of the ANA Money Museum, traces the history of counterfeiting and dramatic ways that governments have responded to the threat.