Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum VS Shahid Khan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum vs Shahid Khan… It’s all about the money, money, money for these two. They’ve both got jaw-dropping yachts, but who comes out on top overall?

THE REPUTATION

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

MAKTOUM: Vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Slightly extravagant.

Shahid Khan

KHAN: He is the Pakistan-born, billionaire owner of Fulham football club.

THE MONEY

MAKTOUM: As of last year, it stood around a not-too-shabby $14 billion.

KHAN: At last count in 2017, his worth was valued at a very impressive $9 billion.

THE SUCCESSES

Dubai

MAKTOUM: The Sheikh transformed Dubai into the fantasy land it is today – in 1990, there were 450,000 tourists; in 2016, there were 14.9 million, who couldn’t get enough of its sun, sand and subjugation.

KHAN: Khan started from nothing, originally making his fortune by creating a one-piece car bumper that became the industry standard in the US.

THE YACHT

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s private yacht

MAKTOUM: His $400 million yacht is 162m of pure luxury, featuring a swimming pool, helipad and submarine. Sleeping 24, it’s perfect for a cosy weekend with close friends.

Shahid Khan's 340ft Kismet on the Thames
Shahid Khan’s 340ft Kismet spotted on the Thames

KHAN: Frequently spotted on the Thames, the 95.2m superyacht Kismet, which is worth around $200 million, can accommodate 12 guests and boasts an oval-shaped swimming pool and large spa.

THE WATCHES

Sheikh Mohammed's 1970s Rolex
Sheikh Mohammed’s 1970s Rolex GMT-Master

MAKTOUM: He’s a fan of Rolexes – in March a rare, specially-commissioned Rolex GMT-Master with the Sheikh’s name on its customised dial, sold for approximately £66,000.

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph
Shahid Khan’s Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

KHAN: He has been spotted sporting a £70,000 platinum Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Reference 5960P. Nice.

THE EXTRAVAGANCE

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's private jet
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s private jet

MAKTOUM: The Sheikh also has an impressive property portfolio – including a $99 million estate in Surrey – as well as a Mercedes-Benz G55, G63 AMG and a Boeing 747 worth $233 million.

Shahid Khan's Chicago Penthouse
Shahid Khan’s Chicago penthouse

KHAN: His yacht is his biggest pride and joy, but Khan’s Chicago penthouse in one of the city’s tallest buildings is pretty special too, ringing in with an almost $10 million price tag.

VERDICT

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Really, Khan should get it for the moustache alone, but we take our role as judge seriously, and you just can’t beat the Sheikh’s shameless indulgence. Plus, he has a submarine on his yacht. Enough said.