Sultan of Brunei's Pricey Private Trim Amid Swine Flu Fears

By: Cecilia Biemann - Published: Aug 28, 2009 • References: timesonline and luxuo
In what must be the priciest ever trim, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s richest men and the Sultan of Brunei, is reported to have spent in excess of $24,000 on his most recent haircut.

Prompted by his fear of catching swine flu, the Sultan of Brunei outlaid £11,000 (US$18,000) to fly his favorite barber, Ken Modestou, from London in an isolated private luxury cabin on board a Singapore Airlines flight.

Modestou runs a barber shop at the Dorchester Hotel in central London and normally charges his clients just £30 for a haircut, but the billionaire sultan pays him thousands of dollars for every haircut, as well as paying for his flights and putting him up at a luxury hotel for a few nights.

What a sweet deal for the barber!