DUBAI: He ushered in the New Year by riding a horse into a cowboy-apparel store in Aspen, Colorado and now the world’s richest man is vying for a share of the $4 million prize pot on offer at this week’s 16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC).
Jeff Bezos, the visionary chief executive who turned Amazon, a basic online store into a technology powerhouse, has sent a prized Purebred Arabian horse to Dubai to compete in the annual beauty pageant held at the Dubai International Convention Centre.
No details are available on the horse that will face rivals from 18 countries in what is one of the biggest and most prestigious horse shows in the world.
Unofficial reports reveal that Bezos, who is estimated to be worth over $130 billion, will be represented at the Dubai Horse Show by his only daughter.
Bezos’ love for horses is not surprising as he worked on his grandfather’s South Texas ranch while growing up.
The DIAHC, which was first staged in 2004, is held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
Ziad Galadari, the chairman and the driving force behind the DIAHC, said the participation on a horse owned by Bezos instantly raises the profile of the March 21-23 event.
“It was always the dream of His Highness Shaikh Hamdan to attract the best horses in the world, but little did he know that it would also attract the attention of the richest man in the world,” he said.
“Bezos is internationally recognised as an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and visionary and to have him compete at our show, here in Dubai, is a massive boost for the DIAHC. “Without doubt Shaikh Hamdan will be thrilled to know that am event that he created through his passion for horses, has caught the attention of someone like Bezos.”