Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was the leader of Libya and had an estimated net worth of around $200 billion dollars before his death, today we take a look at 10 expensive things he once owned.
10 EXPENSIVE THINGS OWNED BY COLNEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI
10 – London Home
Located in Hampstead next to the homes of TV Presenters and actors is this massive house that features 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
The home, once belonging to Gaddafi also features a large cinema room, private indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.
The home has an electronically operated rubbish store which raises and lowers eight bins to the ground floor where a steel plate folds over to discreetly hide them.
Its thought Gaddafi paid around $10 million dollars for his London pad, mainly out of his personal funds that were aquired through Libya’s oil fortunes.
In recent years, the country has attempted to re-posess the house after the leaders death in 2011.
9 – Oil Fields
The main source of Income for Colonel Gaddafi, the oil fields of Libya are opne of the wealthiest and most diverse in the arab world, ranking at the largest in Africa and produce around 1.6 million barrels a day.
Its estimated that Gaddafi plundered almost $500 billion dollars worth of profits from the countries oil profits, using it to pay for soldiers and too control the government with an iron fist.
Many of the larger refineries are located to the east of the counrty including the town of Sirte and the city of Benghazi which was one of the first cities to fall in the civil war.
The counrty is the third largest importer of oil to Europe behind Russia and Norway.
8 – Afriqiyah One Airbus A340
Colonel Gaddafi’s Airbus A340 private airliner was nicknamed Afriqiyah One and is thought to have cost the brutal leader $150 million dollars when he purchased it back in 2003.
The aircraft was reported to showcase his vulgar tastes with armchairs bound in silver leather, red and grey carpets on the floor and nightclub-style spotlights all over the ceiling.
The plane also features a large bedroom, bathroom, on-board Wi-Fi and many other amenities like a bar and DJ system.
The aircraft has been grounded since 2003 after NATO impossed a no-fly-zone over the country.
7 – New Jersey Mansion
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, this sprawling mansion estate was nicknamed Thunder Rock and features a large mansion surrounded by green gardens and trees.
The house has been the site of many protests over the years and several neighbors have complained at the previous owner of the property.
Its thought Gaddafi paid around $1 million dollars for the property back in 1982 and it features a swimming pool, tennis courts and its own private shooting range.
The home was rarely used during the end years of Gaddafi’s life after the United Nations impossed sanctions on Gaddafi and his government.
6 – Libiyan Rocket (CAR)
Gaddafi’s personal car has five seats, has a 230-horsepower V6 engine and the nose and tail of a rocket that was designed by Gaddafi himself.
The libyan rocket comes with airbags, an electronic defense system and collapsable bumpers that supposedly help out in a crash.
The car was comissioned in response to the increasing numbers of people killed and injured on Libya’s roads.
5 – Dassault Falcon
Another private jet that was used by both Gaddafi and many other members of his inner circle, this plane was mainly used for family trips to Europe and costs around $37 million dollars.
The plane has a range of 4,750 nautical miles, cruises at a typical altitude of 51,000 feet, seats up to 12 passengers and ca reach speeds of 528 miles per hour.
It is thought Gaddafi customized the plane to his exact specifications including gold and silver trimmings with leather seats and custom made wine glasses.
4 – Tripoli Compound
By far the biggest property owned by the former Libiyan Leader, his Tripoli compound was located both above and below ground.
The compound was both a home and a military compound and was the main base of operations for Gaddafi until his death in 2011.
The 5-square kilometer base is located south of Tripoli city center at the northwestern end of the airport highway.
The compound features a mosque, football pitch, swimming pool, communications center and other administrative structures all with access to a paved roadway system.
Gaddafi lived in a Bedouin-style air conditioned tent on the grounds which he occasionally pitched in cities he visited and also his main house which was bombed by the USA and remains abandoned.
After Gaddafi’s death, many parts of the compound were demolished and plans to turn the whole area into a park are thought to have now been completed.
3 – Airbus A300
This plane is thought to almost directly mimmic Gaddafi’s Afriqiyah One airliner and is a twin engined plane that has a travelling range of 4,070 nautical miles.
The plane was kitted out with leather seats, gold taps and fixtures as well as a private bedroom and bathroom for longer trips.
On-board amenities include a private bar and the whole plane has LED lighting, sound system and on-board Wi-Fi.
2 – The Little Green Book
Colonel Gaddafi’s person hand book was written by himself and was distributed across the country for all libyan people to follow.
The book was first published in 1976 and was intended for all peoples around the world, however it would appear that this did not come to fruition.
The book can still be found on-sale in parts of the internet to this day and Libyan children often spent two hours a week studying the book as part of their curriculum.
Extracts from the book were broadcast every day on state television and radio, while its slogans appeared on billboards and painted on buildings in Libya.
During the civil war in 2001, copies of the book were seen being burned by Libyan Anti-Gaddafi rebels in Benghazi.
1 – Libyan State Bank
Gaddafi once stated, I am Libya and Libya is mine and that phrase could not have been more true when it came to the State Bank of Libya.
The bank currently goes under the name, Central Bank of Libya and most of the money that came to and from the bank was controlled directly by Gaddafi and his family.
During the civil uprising in the country, its thought Gaddafi plundered up to $30 billion dollars form the bank in order to fund his war chest, paying mercenaries and some of the money was even hidden abroad.
He controlled all of Libya’s gold reserves through the bank, a fifth of which were sold days before his death.
Up to $200 million dollars is still thought to be missing after the leaders passing and remains hidden from the world to this day.
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