Jordan's Princess Haya enters UK Rich List after record-breaking divorce settlement from Dubai ruler

Jordan's Princess Haya enters UK Rich List after record-breaking divorce settlement from Dubai ruler
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20 May, 2022
Following her record-breaking divorce settlement from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum, Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein has entered the Sunday Times' Rich List for the first time.
Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein was granted the largest divorce settlement in UK history. [Getty]

Jordan's Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein has entered the Sunday Times' annual Rich List for the first time, just a year after her multi-million pound divorce settlement from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum.

The Rich List placed the 48-year-old princess at 240th on the list of 250 of Britain's wealthiest people, with an estimated net worth of £670 million.

Princess Haya fled to the UK in 2019, fearing for her safety, after it was discovered that she was having an affair with her bodyguard.

She was later blackmailed by four members of her security team while the sheikh orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against her, and then later hacked her phone and those of her lawyers, previous court findings have shown.

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Court papers also revealed that Princess Haya paid more than £7 million to her alleged blackmailers.

Sheikh Mohammed was said to have penned poetry containing death threats against the princess, the court heard.

A London court granted Princess Haya an unprecedented £554 million ($6.7m) divorce settlement from the UAE prime minister - the largest divorce settlement in British history. In March, another ruling also granted the princess sole guardianship of the couple's daughter and son.

Haya, who resides in the UK, also owns a £100 million property near London's Kensington Palace and a 12-bedroom property in Surrey, according to The Times.

She was joined on the Times' Rich list by Lebanese billionaire May Makhzoumi and family who took the 230th spot, British-Sudanese telecommunications tycoon Mo Ibrahim at 194th,  and British-Iraqi businessman Nadhmi Auchi at 154th.

Higher up the list were Bahraini-Emirati businessman Mahdi Al-Tajir at 108th, directly followed by Egyptian former Harrods boss Mohamed Al-Fayed and family, Syrian-Saudi philanthropist Wafic Said at 94th, former Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani at 89th and Australian-born Johnny Boufarhat at 88th.