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Was he the richest man in 80s? This man built a gold palace which former presidents Bush, OBJ visited, spent N1.9bn for monthly cleaning (video, photos)

- Late Alhaji Mai Deribe was one of the rich men in Nigeria who enjoyed their wealth and had the world marveling at them

- Deribe built a gold palace in Maiduguri which took builders 10 years of continuous work to complete

- Among the many dignitaries that visited the edifice were former presidents George Bush and Olusegun Obasanjo

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Late Alhaji Mai Deribe was arguably one of the richest Nigerian men in the 80s. He built a house made from a mixture of liquid gold and owned a customized Gulfstream G550 private jet.

According to the Northeast Reporters, he was one of the 12 people to own that type of aircraft in the world.

His building, Deribe Palace (Gidan Deribe) caught the world’s attention. No wonder it played host to many world leaders like Prince Charles and his late wife, Princess Diana.

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Others who stayed in the luxurious palace were former President Olusegun Obasanjo, King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain, and ex American President George Bush.

The commissioning of the building was done by the then military head, General Ibrahim Babangida, who was also hosted at the gold building.

A collage showing the man. Photo source: Northeast Reporters

A collage showing the man. Photo source: Northeast Reporters
Source: UGC

The same media also said that the late rich man spent $100m on the building, while the cleaning gulped as much as $5m per month. The man lived in the house for 12 years before his death.

Daily Trust reports that the building has several apartments and five sets of four bedrooms which he allocated each to his wives.

His son Shettima Abubakar Deribe confirmed that its construction took every nonstop work of 10 years to complete.

An Italian company called Giovanni Monzio Compagnoni manufactured the house’s furniture and utensils.

Shettima added that the main entrance of the building is bulletproof.

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He was born in 1924 and died in 2002 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The man had 27 children.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the richest religious monarchs in the world. He was once worth $40 billion (N15,500,000,000,000).

Some of his lavish lifestyles include reportedly racing Ferraris at midnight through Brunei’s capital, building a 1,788 room palace, and spending as much as $20,000 (N7,750,000) to get a haircut.

In other news, the world’s first self-proclaimed gold-plated hotel called Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel is reportedly open for business in Vietnam. With this edifice, the face of international tourism is about to change.

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