Abdullah II of Jordan Net Worth Wiki, Height, Biography, Wife, Children And Early Life
Abdullah II of Jordan Net Worth
What is the net worth of Abdullah II of Jordan?
King Abdullah II of Jordan is the king of Jordan, holding the position following the death of his father, King Hussein, in February 1999. As of this writing, King Abdullah has a net worth of $750 million.
Abdullah’s father originally arranged for his other son, Prince Ali bin Hussein, to take the throne, but later changed his mind. Abdullah’s great-grandfather, King Abdullah I, founded modern-day Jordan. Following his accession, Abdullah II liberalized the economy and later made many constitutional reforms to grant greater public freedoms. Abdullah has a worldwide reputation for maintaining stability in Jordan and advocating moderate interreligious dialogue.
Abdullah II bin Hussein was born on January 30, 1962 in Amman, Jordan, to King Hussein and British-born Princess Muna Hussein. His dynasty Hashem ruled Mecca for more than 700 years and Jordan for 100 years. They are the oldest ruling dynasty in the Muslim world. Abdullah has ten siblings, seven of whom are half-siblings: Princess Alia, Prince Faisal, Prince Ali, Princess Aisha, Princess Haya, Princess Zain, Prince Hamzah , Princess Leia, Prince Hashem and Princess Iman. As the eldest son, Abdullah became the heir to the throne under the 1952 constitution. However, political instability in Jordan led to adult heir Prince Hassan taking his place. To go to school, Abdullah went to the Islamic Institute of Education in Amman and then to St Edmund’s School in England. He also attended Eagle Brook School and Deerfield College in the United States.
Military career and higher education
Abdullah began his military career at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1980. He subsequently became a second lieutenant in the British Army. After completing a special studies course in Middle East affairs at Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1982, Abdullah returned and joined the Royal Jordanian Army, initially as a lieutenant, then as a platoon leader and assistant commander. He later became commander of the Tank Company of the 91st Armored Brigade.
In 1987, Abdullah entered Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service after get off work. Two years later, he resumed military service as assistant commander of the 17th Royal Tank Battalion. In 1994, Abdullah took command of the Jordanian special forces as a brigadier general. He eventually became a major general. Because of this background, Abdullah believed that Jordan had a strong army.
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Following the death of King Hussein in February 1999, Abdullah succeeded to the throne. As the new king, he continues to have broader executive and legislative powers than a typical constitutional monarchy. Abdullah is both head of state and commander-in-chief of the Jordanian armed forces. During his reign, he was known for opening the economy and implementing reforms that led to significant economic growth. However, after the Great Recession of 2008, Abdullah struggled to cope with the economic difficulties that ensued in the country.
The other notable event so far during Abdullah’s reign has been the Arab Spring. Mass protests demanding reforms across the Arab world have led to many civil wars. Abdullah won praise for his swift response to the civil unrest in Jordan; he replaced the government, initiated constitutional reforms, and changed laws on public freedoms and elections. Abdullah also gained support for his introduction of proportional representation to the Jordanian parliament during the 2016 general election. Overall, despite some criticism, Abdullah is popular both domestically and internationally for maintaining stability in Jordan and promoting dialogue among people of different faiths. He is the longest serving current Arab leader in the world.
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In 1993, Abdullah married Rania Al-Yassin, an Apple marketing employee in Amman; she is now Queen Rania. The couple have four children together: Prince Hussein, Princess Man, Princess Salma and Prince Hashim.
As for his pastimes, Abdullah enjoys skydiving, water sports and motorcycles. He is also an avid collector of ancient weapons and enjoys stand-up comedy. In 2010, Abdullah published an autobiography titled Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in Perilous Times.
In addition to his political career, Abdullah has a global real estate network estimated to exceed $100 million. Notably, his ownership was disguised through an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands and was finally revealed in the Pandora Papers leak in 2021. The disclosures show that Abdullah owns three waterfront estates in Malibu, California, as well as London, Ascot, and Washington, D.C. His lawyers have denied any tax evasion or misuse of public funds, claiming Abdullah bought the properties with his own private wealth and used offshore companies to protect privacy and security.
Honors and Awards
Abdullah has received numerous honors over the years, including honorary doctorates from institutions such as Jordan University, Georgetown University, Oxford University, and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Other awards include the Golden Shield Award, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, the Peacemaker Award and the Templeton Award for promoting interfaith dialogue.