Many of us were shocked to learn about the passing of Brunei prince Haji Abdul Azim’s death yesterday (Saturday, 24th October). He was only 38 years old.
Besides being the second born son to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the late prince was also fourth-in-line to succeed the throne of Brunei. Here are 6 other facts about him:
As a royal family member, the prince had access to some of the best education institutions in the world. After his initial studies at the International School Brunei, he went on to study at Leighton Park School in Berkshire and the Oxford Brookes University in Oxford. At one point, he was even enrolled in England’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but he dropped out shortly after.
2. Rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers
Prince Haji Abdul Azim was no stranger to the Hollywood scene and had thrown parties filled with celebrity guests. Some of the A-lister guests include the likes of Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Marisa Tomei, and Pamela Anderson. He even got to meet the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in person.
3. His relationship with the Jackson family
Janet Jackson took to her Instagram Story to post a tribute to the prince, saying:
“Azim, I love you too and InshahAllah no more pain. In the name of the most high, the most merciful, He will take care of you now. Ameen.”
4. USD$5 billion net worth?
Entertainment publication MEA WorldWide (Meaww) alleged that the late prince “was worth approximately USD$5 billion (~ RM20.83 billion), which includes his worth as a member of a royal family as well as the income he’s made as a producer with London-based film company Daryl Prince Productions”.
5. Film producer
Prince Haji Abdul Azim came onboard Daryl Prince Productions in 2012 as a film producer. The company has been responsible for films such as “The Happy Prince”, “You’re Not You”, and “The Time Of Their Lives”.
6. A heart for charity
Amidst the luxurious lifestyle, the well-known public figure was also an avid activist. Besides making some of the wealthier donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, he had lent his support to autism at Smarter Brunei’s musical charity gala night in 2011.
Rest in peace, Prince Azim.