A Mysterious Billionaire From Qatar Has Been Giving Away His Vast Wealth To Random Strangers_Featured_, Conscious Living Friday, October 19th, 2012
Abdel Wassim El Whani is a Qatari billionaire who appears to live in Paris, and he loves to show off his wealth by giving away extravagent gifts.
The world first heard from Whani last month, when a video appeared on YouTube that showed him giving away 1 million euros to a homeless Romanian woman. Later, a video of him buying as many iPhone 5s as he could before throwing them away appeared. Another recent video shows Whani giving away a Lamborghini to two young men he had just met.
These videos have been viewed in total almost 2 million times, and Whani has become something of a star. And people are desperate for his favor. When a blog hosted by Le Mondepicked up the story this week, the site was flooded with comments — almost all desperately begging for financial help from Whani.
But who exactly is Whani? The videos, shot by production company JisaMedia, claim that Whani is “Qatari billionaire who has decided to distribute his immense fortune to strangers in need,” but very little is actually known about the man — a Facebook page exists, for example, but was only created in September, and a number of personal Facebook profiles exist but do not look entirely genuine (they appear to use stills from the video for profile pictures, for example).