Throwback Tuesday: Did you know Michael Jackson was once paid $16 Million to perform for the Sultan of Brunei?

On the occasion of Hassanal Bolkiah aka The Sultan of Brunei's birthday, The King of Pop Michael Jackson was specially invited to perform for a crowd of over 60,000.

Hassanal Bolkiah aka The Sultan of Brunei is world-famous for his extravagant lifestyle and expenditures. Everything about him from his lavish car collection to haircut screams royalty. But did you know the famous Sultan was a huge diehard fan of the king of Pop Michael Jackson?

Sultan turned 50 in the year 1996 and that was reason enough for a grand celebration. Hassanal Bolkiah did not spare any luxury in celebrating his birthday unlike no one else. The guest list comprised of 3000 guests with global personalities like Prince Charles present to wish him. The celebration went on for two whole weeks. As per reports, the sultan spent approximately $27 million on his grand birthday celebration.

It is a common known fact that Hassanal Bolkiah was always a huge Michael Jackson fan. So, no one was surprised when the sultan invited the king of pop to perform at his birthday ceremony. However, not many know that out of the $27 million, a huge sum of $16 million was paid to Michael Jackson alone! Yes, that is correct. No matter how many times you read it, it will remain true. He performed in Jerudong Amusement Park in Brunei to a humongous crowd of 60,000 people.

Not only that, but Michael Jackson also performed at two smaller concerts for Sultan’s special guests.
The King of Pop performed for almost two hours in the Jerudong Amusement Park. The show was completely free for the audience.

A part of the grand celebration of commemorating the Sultan’s birthday, a stadium was erected. A grand dinner was also conducted in 1,778 rooms of Sultan’s palace.  If this isn’t the Royal life, we don’t know what is.

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