King Abdullah II of Jordan was rewarded for his efforts in hosting more than 600,000 Syrian refugees with an acquisition befitting a monarch by one of the world’s richest nations.
Official figures from Jordan released this month put the cost of providing shelter for the Syrians in the kingdom at US$ 4.6 billion.
Yet while Jordan received US$ 800 million in economic aid from Canada in 2016, the value of luxury real estate purchased by the king since 2013 exceeds $200 million.
One of the princely homes was acquired by the king, his wife and their four children in July last year in the Beverly Hills area for $56 million. The Agonda villa is constructed with 160,000 marble tiles.
The King’s Kingdom of Jordan collection of luxury homes even includes an entire mega-mansion with a $35 million price tag on it.
Another mansion, a sprawling estate consisting of 19 buildings spread over 320,000 square feet in the heart of Tarsne recently sold for $135 million.
The residence is valued at $102 million just for the land it sits on — one of the world’s largest residential gardens — while the 41,000 square foot mansion includes a marina, three tennis courts, helicopter landing pad, storerooms and a race track.
The mansions came on the market shortly after King Abdullah resumed his position as Commander of the Jordanian Army after the death of Abdullah’s father King Hussein in 2016.
Unlike his late father, he has also become a social media favorite — reaching close to one million followers on Instagram alone.