Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei

Happy Birthday to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, who turns 75 today! The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit, he became the 29th Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei in 1967, and is the world’s second longest-reigning current monarch, as well as one of the world’s wealthiest individuals. To mark the day, we are featuring a documentary that examines the life of the ruler of one of the richest nations in the world, who has made various, sometimes controversial, social reforms despite being one of the world’s last absolute monarchs.

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