The Sultan of Brunei is known for spending his fortune in extravagant ways, including spending millions of dollars on a badmiton coach andÃ‚Â paying hundreds of thousandsÃ‚Â to the menÃ‚Â who guard his pet birds. He is widely believed to own a fleet of more than 5,00o luxury cars. Now, one might find his impressive dedication to a lesser-loved sport to be admirable or his affection for his feathered friends touching, but I doubt that anyone is terribly impressed with his hair.
Not that he has a bad coif, mind you. It’s fine. But is it $24,000 fine? Hmmm. A better question might be: is anyone’s hair worth that much? Perhaps the sultan should have invested in something a bit trendier, something that would get him higher ratings on a primetime network sitcom. Hey, it worked for Jennifer Aniston in the 90′s.
Anyways, I know you’re wondering, and the answer is no. No, it wasn’t the haircut that actually cost that much. In fact, his hairdresser, Ken Modestou, only charges about $43 for a haircut! So, what made the price leap so exponentially? Well, Modestou had to be flown 7,000 miles to the sultan’s home. And he didn’t just fly him first class, either. This was during the Swine Flu scare of ’08, and the sultan put him in a private suite on a Singapore airline to ensure that Modestou wouldn’t be exposed to any other customers (who might have swine flu). In addition, Modestou was paid several thousand dollars and put up for a couple of days in a first class hotel.
In case you don’t have the money to fund this kind of extravagance, you can get a little taste of luxury by visiting Modestou at London’s Dorchester Hotel.