Saudi Prince locked in US$5mil fight over ‘James Bond island’

DUBAI: A Saudi prince is suing a business partnership over US$5mil (RM21.2mil) in his purchase of a stake in a lush Bahamian island, the latest of the kingdom’s wealthy royals to turn to Delaware’s Chancery Court to resolve a dispute.

Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud claims that officials of Cave Cay LP, controlled by investment fund Yntegra Group, are violating a side agreement under which he and Yntegra officials are each to pay the US$5mil (RM21.2mil) to the partnership.

The prince alleges the partnership is demanding the sum of him but not of Yntegra.

In his lawsuit, which has been unsealed, he asks the court to make Cave Cay honour the pact.

Representatives of Yntegra didn’t immediately return a call and an email seeking comment on the suit.

The partnership is selling stakes in the 220-acre island, Big Cave Cay, as part of a project to build a “high-end residential club community, luxury resort and marina” offering “unparalleled barefoot luxury” on the property, which also includes Little Cave Cay and more than 3,000 acres of land connecting the two islands, according to the suit.

The property is something of a “James Bond island,” complete with its own airstrip, as described in a 2015 story in the Guardian newspaper that reported its value as US$90mil (RM381.8mil).

The Saudi royal family has a combined net worth of at least US$105bil (RM445bil), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The prince is the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.

The prince is the son of Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al Saud, who headed the Saudi space agency for three years before he left in 2021, after becoming the first Muslim astronaut in 1985 when he joined the crew of the US Space Shuttle Discovery on a mission to deliver a satellite to earth’s orbit.

In his suit, the prince claims Cave Cay “misrepresented Yntegra’s ability to raise outside capital.”

He is asking the court to bar the partnership from declaring him to be in default over the US$5mil (RM21.2mil) “discriminatory capital call.” — Bloomberg

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