Faiq Bolkiah is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah – who is worth an estimated £15 billion.
Forget Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar – a Leicester City reserve player is officially the wealthiest footballer in the world. Faiq Bolkiah, 19, is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah – who is worth an estimated £15 billion.
His father is the Sultan of Brunei’s brother, who is the head of the Brunei Investment agency, reportedly spends a staggering £35m a month on watches, white gold pens and cars, Mirror Online reports. He is believed to have owned around 2,300 cars – including Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces – and had Michael Jackson perform a private concert for his 50th birthday. He paid the King of Pop £12.5 million for the performance and even built an entire stadium for the event.
In a rare interview, the Leicester winger revealed: “I’ve played football since as early as I can remember and from a young age I’ve always enjoyed going out on the field and having the ball at my feet. My parents have always been supportive in helping me to achieve my dreams of being a footballer. They trained me hard both psychologically and physically through my childhood years, so I have to say they are my role models.”
Bolkiah has been playing in England for some time and started his career at AFC Newbury as a youngster. In 2009, Southampton added him to their academy and, after not being handed a contract, Arsenal offered the Bruneian a trial in 2013. Bolkiah competed with the Gunners in the 2013 Lion City Cup and even bagged a goal in the competition.
After being made aware of his situation, Chelsea offered the winger a two-year deal which he promptly signed. But after just one year Bolkiah left to join Leicester on a three-year contract.
Despite being born in Los Angeles, United States, Bolkiah opted to play for Brunei and has represented his country nine times, scoring once.