10 Expensive Things Previously Owned By Muammar Gaddafi

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was the leader of Libya and had an estimated net worth of around $200 billion dollars before his death.

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10 – London Home

Located in Hampstead next to the homes of Television Presenters and Actors is this massive house that has eight bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Also featuring a large cinema room, the home that Gadhafi once shared with his entourage also features a private indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.

The house has an electrically operated rubbish store, which raises and lowers eight bins into the ground before a steel plate folds over to hide them from view.

Its thought that the Colonel paid around $10 million for the London pad, mainly out of his own personal fortune that was acquired through Libya’s oil reserves.

In recent years, the United Kingdom has attempted to re-poses the house due to Muammar Gaddafi’s death in 2011.

9 – Oil Fields

The place where Muammar Gaddafi made most of his money, the oil fields of Libya were one of the richest and most diverse in the Arab world, ranking at the largest in Africa and producing around 1.6 million barrels per day.

It is estimated that Muammar Gaddafi plundered almost $500 billion worth of profits from the countries oil companies, using it to pay for soldiers and control the government with an iron fist.

Many of the larger refineries were located to the east of the country including the town of Sirte and the city of Benghazi, which was one of the first cities to fall in the civil war.

At one point, the country was the third largest importer of oil to Europe behind Norway and Russia.

8 – Afriqiyah One Airbus A340

Muammar Gaddafi’s personal Airbus A340 private airliner was nicknamed Afriqiyah One and is said to have cost him in the region of $150 million when he purchased it back in 2003.

The aircraft was reported to showcase Muammar’s 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 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 imposed 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 neighbours have also complained at the previous owner of the property.

Its thought Gaddafi paid almost $1 million dollars for the property back in 1982 and it features a swimming pool, tennis court and even a shooting range.

The house was rarely used during the latter years after the UN imposed sanctions on Gaddafi and his entourage.

6 – Libyan Rocket (Car)

Muammar Gaddafi’s personal car had five seats, a 230-hp V6 engine and the nose and tail of a rocket that were designed by Gaddafi himself.

The Libyan Rocket comes with its own airbags, electronic defence system, and a collapsible bumper that supposedly help out in a crash.

The car was reportedly commissioned in response to the increasing numbers of people killed and injured on Libya’s roads.

5 – Dassault Falcon

Another Private Jet that was once used by both Gaddafi and mainly other members of his family on trips to Europe, this jet costs around $37 million dollars.

This plane has a range of 4,750 nautical miles, cruises at a typical altitude of 51,000 feet and seats up to twelve passengers while reaching speeds of 528 miles per hour.

Its thought Muammar Gaddafi customized the plane to his complete 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 Libyan leader, this massive compound in Tripoli was both above and below ground.

The compound was both a home and military compound and was the main base for Muammar Gaddafi until his death in 2011.

The six-square kilometre base is located in the south or Tripoli City Centre at the northern end of the airport highway.

The compound features a mosque, football pitch, swimming pool, communications centre and another administrative structure with paved roadways throughout.

Gaddafi lived in a Bedouin-style air-0conditioned tent within the grounds, which he occasionally pitched in cities he visited and the main home which was earlier bombed by the United States and left in ruins.

After Gaddafi’s death, many parts of the compound were demolished and plans to turn the whole area into a park are thought to be well under way.

3 – Airbus A300

This private plane was thought to almost mimic Gaddafi’s Afriqiyah One personal jet and is a twin engine plane that has a travelling range of 4,070 nautical miles.

This exquisite plane was kitted out with leather seats, gold taps and fixtures as well as a private bedroom and bathroom.

On-board amenities included a private bar and the whole plane had LED lighting, sound system access and on-board wi-fi.

2 – The Green Book

Colonel Gaddafi’s personal handbook, written by himself and used as a guide for all Libyan people to follow.

First published in 1975, the book was intended to be read by all people across the world and it can still be found on-sale in various parts of the internet today, with Libyan children once spending up to two hours a week studying the book as part of their curriculum.

Extracts were broadcast every day on Libyan state television and radio with its slogans also used on billboards and painted on billboards throughout the country.

During the civil war in 2001, copies of the book we’re seen being burned by Libyan anti-Gadhafi rebels in Benghazi.

1 – Libyan State Bank

Muammar Gaddafi once stated, “I am Libya and Libya is mine, with that phrase not ringing more true when it came to the Libyan State Bank.

The bank, which currently goes under the name of The Central Bank of Libya, had most of its money coming and going from it, directly under the orders of Gaddafi.

During the uprising, it is thought that Gaddafi plundered around $30 billion from the banks vaults to pay for mercenaries to fight against the rebels and some of the money was even hidden abroad.

He controlled all of Libya’s gold reserves, a fifth of which were sold only days before his death.

Upwards of $200 million is still thought to be unaccounted for after his death and remains hidden from the world.

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