ADNAN KHASHOGGI, a Saudi Arabian arms dealer, who lived and worked in Marbella in the 1980s, has died in London aged 81.
The Stanford-educated son of a doctor was well-connected with the Saudi royal family and had trafficked arms between Europe and the Middle East, making enough money to live a millionaire’s lifestyle on the Costa del Sol with his house in Benahavis and on his yacht, named, “Nabila.”
He rode high on his wealth and notoriety for much of the 1980s, attending star studded parties and even lending Nabila to be used on the James Bond fil, Never Say Never Again.
His world unravelled in 1989 though when three banks repossessed his home and he eventually went to prison accused of money laundering after doing deals with the ex-Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.
After prison, Khashoggi retired to Riyadh, travelling to various cities in Europe and finally dying in London.