Sultan Qaboos Bin Said – Worth More Than Queen Elizabeth II?


When we wrote our article this morning on the Sultan of Oman, we were a little puzzled why no information was coming up – but we’ve found out that the name was not accurate, although we did have the right picture of the Sultan up.

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His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said

Here are some details we’ve been able to get:

Personal Background

The Sultan of Oman is Qaboos bin Said Al Said GCB GCMG GCVO who was born November 18, 1940 in Salalah. We suppose he gets Qaboos Bin Said for short.

He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Sa‘id ibn Taymur, in a coup d’état in 1970, and if the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty.

He is the only son of Sultan Sa‘id bin Taymur and is one of the 8th generation of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty. He received his primary and secondary education in Salalah and at Pune, India and attended a private educational establishment in England from the age of sixteen.

At 20 he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst, he joined a British Infantry regiment, The Cameronians, and served in the 1st Battalion in Germany for one year. He also held a staff appointment with the British Army.

After his military service, Sultan Qaboos studied local government subjects in England and, after a world tour, returned home to Salalah where he studied Islam and the history of his country.

In 1976 Qaboos ibn Sa‘id married his cousin, Kamila, née Sayyidah Nawwal bint Tariq (born 1951), daughter of HH Sayyid Tariq ibn Taymur,[4] but the marriage soon ended in divorce. He has no children, and rumors about his personal life may have affected his authority.

Qaboos ibn Sa‘id is an avid fan and promoter of  Newcastle United classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. The orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who, since 1986, audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble.

They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan. Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to compose a work entitled Symphonic Impressions of Oman[7] and is particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ.

The Sultan’s birthday, 18 November, is celebrated as Oman’s national holiday.

For six years prior to Said bin Taymur’s overthrow, Qaboos experienced virtual house arrest in the royal palace of Salalah. In July 1970, soldiers supporting Qaboos clashed with forces loyal to Said bin Taymur, and deposed him.

Qaboos maintains that his father abdicated the throne. The British government helped to consolidate Qaboos’ power. Qaboos acceded to the throne on 1970-07-23, moving to Muscat. There he declared that the country would no longer be known as Muscat and Oman, but would change its name to “the Sultanate of Oman” in order to better reflect its political unity.

Net Worth

His net worth in August of last year was estimated at £590.1M but in the list of the The World’s Richest Royals in which he is listed at number 10, two places above Queen Elizabeth II, who is down as being worth only $349M. So he’s probably really worth a lot more than that – let’s just say he doesn’t seem to be short of money – which is good!

Political System in Oman

The political system which Qaboos established is that of an absolute monarchy. Unlike the situation in neighboring Saudi Arabia, Qaboos’ decisions are not subject to modification by other members of Oman’s  family. Government decisions are said to be made through a process of decision-making by “consensus” with federal, provincial, local and tribal representatives, though critics allege that Qaboos exercises de facto control of this process.

More recently, Qaboos has allowed parliamentary elections (in which women have voted and stood as candidates) and pledged greater openness and participation in government. As yet, however, this parliament lacks substantial political power.

Qaboos’ supporters point to his relative success in governing the country. By Persian Gulf standards, Oman boasts good public order (it is an extremely safe country), middling prosperity (given its level of oil revenues) and a relatively permissive society.

Since he acceded to the throne, Oman has broadened international relations, allowed newspapers, established high schools, built highways, opened hotels and shopping malls and spends a substantial portion of its dwindling oil revenues on health care and education.

Full democracy, they say, might threaten these accomplishments.

Residences/Palaces

He has the following palaces in Oman:

Al Alam palace (in Muscat)
Al Seeb Palace (in Muscat)
Al Hosn Palace (in Salalah)
Al Ribat Palace (in Salalah)
Royal Farms:
Bahjat Al Andhar (in Sohar)
Arzat (in Salalah)
Royal Residences:
Bait Al Baraka palace (in Muscat)
Al Mamorah Palace (in Salalah)
Al Shoumoukh Palace (in Nizwa)
Future Flat on Quayside (Newcastle Upon Tyne) ?

That’s quite a lot of information, but what comes across is he’s a  wealthy individual – that’s for sure.

If the Sultan does become the owner of Newcastle United, and Alan Shearer the manager – we suppose Alan will need to call him “Your Majesty.”

Comments welcome.



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81 comments so far

  • AndyT

    Jun 2, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Being the absolute monarch of the country, i doubt he would have the same amount of time to mess up NUFC as badly as Ashley has. Geez, we’ll accept anybody now that we’ve experienced the horrors of Mike Ashley’s incompetence!

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 2, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #2

    ED where did you get the info from? please don’t say wiki! you said- His net worth in August of last year was estimated at £590.1M

    does’nt make sense mate when he has a yacht worth £500m

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  • Widowmaker

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, you are a top blogger. Superb.

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  • Doocey

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Top marks Ed 😉

    Would like him as new owner, not because of wealth but he supposedly wants to rival Abu Dhabi, which might meant stability.

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  • Steve_48

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed mate, I dofeth my cap to you sir – quality research.

    Tonight Magnus my specialist subject is …

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  • cjcox88

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #7

    ok guys…i hate to put a dampener on our new rich owner, but sky sports say there is 0 interest! is there any actual fact that this guy is even a little bit interested?

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #8

    But does he want our club?

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    cjcox88 // Jun 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Luke Edwards at the Journal reckons he’s spoken to Seymour Pierce and they say that there is interest.

    Also they had a tip off regarding the Omani consortium from someone close to the deal but not involved.

    Make of that what you will

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  • Doocey

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Splashing out £100m wouldn’t be too much surely? 🙂

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  • inka2008

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    unfortunetly the toon will still be at the butt of jokes as he is one of the only gay royals

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  • cjcox88

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #12

    really?? sky sports is reporting that seymour pierce havent had any contact at all yet and that they havent even been formally appointed sellers this time round

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #13

    like i said in an earlier post if he is only worth £500m or so, why would he spend 25% of his wealth on our club? he is supposed to have 4 or five yachts, one worth £500m unless ofcourse it is state owned. anyway if he is only worth £500m thats £200m less than ashley! can’t see this one happening tbh.

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #14

    now if there was 3,4, or 5 of these sultans interested as a consortium, then that would be interesting.

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  • Nick D

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle 29 – yacht worth £500m???
    Is that a couple of 0’s too many !!!

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  • geist

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    does anyone else (when visiting this site) sometimes end up on incolide’s(i think) myspace?

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  • cjcox88

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #17

    yeah he has a 500 million pound yacht, the second biggest in the world so it would suggest 500 million is either totally wrong or cash assets! either way this guy has a LOT of cash!

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  • Doocey

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Kaka going to Real Madrid!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I was hoping he was going to be Shearer’s first signing when the Sultan gets here.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #20

    “In 1976 Qaboos ibn Sa‘id married his cousin, Kamila, née Sayyidah Nawwal bint …. ”

    So he married a ‘bint’ eh? And now she’s a sultana!

    What next? Toon Army, the raggy baggy shaggy tribe from Bbu Dhabi?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Abbu?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #22

    kaka off to madrid 68 million

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #23

    nick D. sorry nick my mistake.$ not £ either way its a lot of money for a yacht.

    Al-Said (155m long) which cost in excess of $500 million. In use since 2008. the 3rd biggest yacht in the world!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #24

    The people in Kuwait don’t understand the humour of the Flinstones.

    The people in Abbu Dhabi do 🙂

    Wilma…………!

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  • NUFCDavid

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #25

    anyone noticed hes not worth as much as Mike Ashley. not sure what that tells us but lets hope theres more of his kind in the consortimium

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #26

    …. the supporters were in tents!

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #27

    aye we have its in the thread!

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  • flyingmag

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Another totally plumb thread.

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  • tripp

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #29

    First off, he ain’t worth more than the Queen, he just has more money. 😉

    Second… don’t see this happening as this is NUFC and nothing is ever this easy.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Geroot! Or I’ll set the Burpers on yer!

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  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Thats most definitely one of the finest beards i’ve ever seen . . . . like well worked nougat stretched across the face. If he looks after NUFC as well as he looks after his beard we could be onto a winner here lads! Lets hope he’s not hair today, gone tomorrow! Mmmnyeh! . . . sorry.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Watch out for the devils in skirts.

    Time for tiffin!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh Ashley you’re in trouble. Well goodness gracious me!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #34

    It goes, bum titty bum titty bum titty bum. Well goodness gracious. How audacious. Goodness gracious me.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #35

    You’re going home on a geet big elephant!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #36

    …. or a camel or summick

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    When was the last time the Chronicle and Journal ever got anything right?

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #38

    why is everyone comparing his wealth to ashleys, at the end of the day Randy Lerner isnt a billionaire, only worth around 700 million and villa are doing just fine!!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #39

    This has got to be the daftest story for …. two days.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #40

    That pic makes him look like someone almost won him at hoop-lah.

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