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October 6, 1992 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, the New York Post and USA Today
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.
NEWS
August 26, 1997 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
NEWS
August 31, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
SPORTS
February 10, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
May 13, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2005 | Thomas W. Lippman
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)
NEWS
June 28, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1999 | By Henri Sault, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If it wasn't for Ottavio Missoni, fashionistas wouldn't know how beautiful, flattering, and powerful a bunch of zigzags could be. Thanks to unconventional color combinations with patterns that were sometimes curved, sometimes sharp, but always striped, the designer's dresses, accessories, and home products are iconic. Missoni, affectionately known as Tai, died Thursday at his home in northern Italy. He was 92. "He set the standard when it came to luxury and knitwear," said Paula Hian, a women's designer based in Manayunk, who manufactures some of her knitwear line, PH Paula Hian, in the same European factory as Missoni.
SPORTS
August 21, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Jose Bautista is drawing free passes faster than any player since home run king Barry Bonds . The current Sultan of Walks just isn't getting enough steady production behind him. Baseball's leader in nearly every offensive category had better expect more of the same. What a waste: Bautista walked three times to set a Blue Jays season record but was stranded each time in Toronto's 2-0 loss to Oakland on Friday night. "I take pride in going up to the plate trying to hit balls hard, but at the same time I'm trying to swing at strikes, not balls," Bautista said after running his walks total to a major-league- leading 102. "A lot of guys are going to try to come after me no matter what, but there are times when I know when they're trying to walk me. I don't think that was the case today.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2006 | By David Borgenicht
When I recently read that back in 2004 the Sultan of Brunei gave President Bush a copy of the book I co-wrote with Joshua Piven, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, I felt heartened. Perhaps, I thought, there's still hope for the man (readers of our humor books don't generally take themselves too seriously). As it turns out, books are popular gifts from visiting dignitaries. According to the Federal Register, that year, Bush also received The Rumi Collection, edited by Kabir Helminski; The Palaces of Genova, by Peter Paul Rubens; Volumes 1 and 2 of the 1850 edition of Tocqueville's Democracy in America; and the runaway bestseller Treasures of the Hungarian National Library.
NEWS
August 3, 2005 | Thomas W. Lippman
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)
SPORTS
April 6, 2005 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even though he has watched his older brother bounce around professional basketball like a bad pass, Pat Carroll still dreams about an NBA career. "I know it's kind of a bizarre job," Carroll said yesterday before departing for Portsmouth, Va., for this week's pre-NBA draft tournament. Matt Carroll, who like his younger brother had a superb collegiate career as a three-point gunner, had been on the rosters of the Knicks, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Warriors the last two years before an outstanding stint in the NBA's developmental league finally won him a steady job with the Bobcats late this season.
SPORTS
April 6, 2005 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Matt Carroll was starting to wonder. In a little more than one year, he had been cut by the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. He still felt he had the ability to play in the NBA, and still was focused to reach that goal. But when would it happen? "Mentally, it can be tough," said Carroll, a former star at Hatboro-Horsham High and Notre Dame. "I was never cut from a team prior to being in the NBA. When a team doesn't want you, it doesn't feel good at first.
NEWS
June 19, 2003 | By Jonah Goldberg
If Bill Gates and I started our own country in which we were the only residents - call it Gatesbergia - it would be racked by the worst income inequality in the world. The "haves" of the society would make hundreds of thousands of times more than the "have nots. " The disparities of wealth in our nation would be worse than those in Brazil, Nigeria or even - gasp - the United States. And, if Warren Buffet, the Sultan of Brunei and Rupert Murdoch immigrated to Gatesbergia, the problem would be even worse, for the gap would get wider and I would be "left behind.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
So, you're feeling a little low. The federal tax rebate check has come and gone, and you're not even quite sure what you spent it on. Take heart. You're nowhere near as bad off as Prince Jefri Bolkiah of the tiny South China Sea nation of Brunei. In fact, no one on the face of the earth is a bigger spendthrift than the 48-year-old prince. The prince - whose brother, the Sultan of Brunei, regularly tops the "richest person in the world" list - has run through $15 billion.
LIVING
May 28, 2000 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A hush fell over the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel when David Bar Katz stood to toast the bride and groom. "Every son has one wish that he hopes for all his life," Katz told the crowd. "And that is to see his father settle down and get married. " His father is the former charming cad, that Sultan of East Falls, Harry Jay Katz. So the laughter in the room was good-natured. Who would have thought that Harry, a tall, trim celery stalk of a man, would marry for a third time?
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