EXCLUSIVE: Best friends with Dr Dre and an entourage of six ‘minders’ wherever he goes: How Saudi billionaire playboy, 23, with a fleet of golden cars spends his summer in London
- Turki Bin Abdullah, 23, is the Saudi billionaire playboy who made headlines with his fleet of gold supercars
- MailOnline met him for his first ever interview and enjoyed a bizarre afternoon seeing the reaction to his wealth
- Super-rich car-lover is friends with rappers Dr Dre and Drake and stays at The Dorchester and Mandarin Oriental
- But elusive billionaire who admits he lives off his father’s money is surprisingly shy for one so ostentatious
He is the mysterious playboy owner of the fleet of golden supercars worth millions, is a close friend of American rapper Dr Dre and stays in only the most luxurious hotels the world’s richest cities have to offer.
Since arriving in London in March Saudi billionaire Turki Bin Abdullah, 23, has made headlines for the extravagant – and some say gaudy – display of wealth which includes a custom £350,000 Aventador, a £370,000 six-wheeler Mercedes AMG off-roader, a £350,000 Rolls Phantom Coupe, a £220,000 Bentley Flying Spur and a £180,000 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, where even among the cars of the super wealthy his golden fleet sticks out like a sore thumb.
Various reports have described him as a wealthy sheik, an Arab playboy, a Saudi Prince and a businessman. But no one seems to know exactly who he is, what he does or what he is worth.
Online there are hints that he is linked to the Saudi royal family – the House of Saud – on his mother’s side, but no English language media outlets have been able to definitively confirm this rumour.
So who exactly is Turki Bin Abdullah?
MailOnline exclusively met him to find out – although he proved rather elusive to pin down.
But even when we did manage to finally track him down he was reluctant to reveal any sort of personal information, although he was happy to talk about his cars, which he described as his ‘passion.’
We did, however, discover that he is surprisingly shy for one so ostentatious; that he freely admits he is bankrolled by his father, who ‘buys me what I want’, although he is setting up his own yet-to-be revealed business; he is friends with Canadian rapper Drake and American rap legend Dr Dre, who is personally designing him a pair of one-of-a-kind solid gold Beats By Dr Dre headphones; and, rather sweetly, he counts his mother as his most treasured possession.
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.
And Bin Abdullah is clearly generous – he tips parking attendants £50 a time and hands out designer goods to his friends like sweets.
We arranged to meet Bin Abdullah at The Mall, close to Buckingham Palace, at the spot where rich Londoners like to see and be seen in their luxury cars on the weekend.
Despite it being a Saturday, which meant the tourist hotspot was crawling with visitors, we did not have any difficulty in spotting the entourage as they made a head-turning arrival in the bright gold Bentley and Mercedes AMG off-roader.
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. Bin Abdullah was not what we were expecting. Diminutive and baby cheeked he stepped out of the vehicle and shyly shook our hands while his entourage attempted to hold back the crowd of interested passers-by.
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
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