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?
MAKTOUM: Vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Slightly extravagant.
KHAN: He is the Pakistan-born, billionaire owner of Fulham football club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KHAN: He has been spotted sporting a £70,000 platinum Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Reference 5960P. Nice.
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.
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.
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.