Remember, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman who created quite a flutter when he visited Indonesia earlier this year as he descended slowly on his personal escalator from the plane and also accompanied by an entourage that could number up to 1,500. He was recently on an official tour in Asia and most recently visited China where he not only signed deals worth potentially $65 billion but got down from his personal plane on a golden escalator. His official tour to Asia is over now and now is back in his kingdom. Apart from the golden escalator, according to media reports, here’s a list of all the things where he spent his money, while on his Asian adventure:
1) 500 Limousines: King Salman flew two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines with him on his trip. Apart from this, he ordered 500 Limousines in Tokyo for him and his crew.
2) 1,200 hotel rooms: According to media reports, the King booked a reported 1,200 hotel rooms at Tokyo’s top hotels to accommodate his staff and delegates.
3) A Lockheed C-130 Hercules: In the Saudi King’s arsenal, it is reportedly used to carry his nearly 500 tonnes of luggage — limousines and escalators included.
4) 100 bodyguards: King Salman’s 1,500-strong squad includes 25 prince, 10 ministers, and over 100 security personnel. The retinue has a combined net worth in the multi-billions.
5) Six Boeing passenger jets: In order to transport the King’s entourage of 1,500 people, six Boeing passenger jets were chartered for the trip — including his personal 747, painted in gold.
Saudi Arabia’s octogenarian monarch, who has overseen the launch of an ambitious economic reform plan since his accession two years ago, was on a month-long tour of Asia that took him to Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and China. The visits to countries that are some of the world’s biggest importers of Saudi oil aim to promote investment opportunities in the kingdom, including the sale of a stake in national oil company Saudi Aramco.