Woman who dated billionaire Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi lifts lid on romance


A former model has revealed how she walked away from dating billionaire Saudi playboy Adnan Khashoggi  – and a life of private jets, A-list parties and five-star suites – because she couldn’t stand sharing him with up to 11 other ‘pleasure wives’.   

Californinan Jill Dodd, founder of international clothing brand Roxy, was just 20 when she first met flamboyant Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who was then in his early forties, in Cannes in the early 1980s. 

In a new podcast for VICE, airing on Spotify, Dodd, now 60, lifts the lid on their bizarre romance, which saw her living a glitzy life, sharing it with Khashoggi’s harem of up to 11 other young women.  

Adnan Khashoggi was worth $4billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s and was often said to be the richest man in the world. 

The Saudi-born arms dealer was the most prolific weapons dealer of his era who brokered deals with governments, arms manufacturers and private clients across the globe. 

 

Model-turned-entrepreneur Jill Dodd, now 60, has opened up about her former relationship with Saudi billionaire businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who she dated in the early 80s, sharing his attention with up to 11 other women, who he dubbed ‘pleasure wives’

Dodd and Khashoggi are pictured together in the early eighties when their romance saw her live a jet-set lifestyle, staying in five-star suites with the notorious Saudi arms dealer and traveling the world by private jet

Dodd and Khashoggi are pictured together in the early eighties when their romance saw her live a jet-set lifestyle, staying in five-star suites with the notorious Saudi arms dealer and traveling the world by private jet

Mecca-born Saudi businessman Khashoggi, pictured with his third official wife, Shahpari Azam Zanganeh, in 2001, was worth $4billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s and was often said to be the richest man in the world

Mecca-born Saudi businessman Khashoggi, pictured with his third official wife, Shahpari Azam Zanganeh, in 2001, was worth $4billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s and was often said to be the richest man in the world 

In a new interview with VICE, Dodd says that she met the arms dealer, who had an insatiable appetite for beautiful young women, at a party in Cannes and on their first night together, he wrote 'I love you' using his own blood (Dodd pictured in her modeling days)

In a new interview with VICE, Dodd says that she met the arms dealer, who had an insatiable appetite for beautiful young women, at a party in Cannes and on their first night together, he wrote ‘I love you’ using his own blood (Dodd pictured in her modeling days)

The Roxy entrepreneur, who now lives in Los Angeles, says she eventually grew tired of being part of a harem, and decided to turn her back on the life of luxury being one of Khashoggi's 'pleasure wives' afforded her

The Roxy entrepreneur, who now lives in Los Angeles, says she eventually grew tired of being part of a harem, and decided to turn her back on the life of luxury being one of Khashoggi’s ‘pleasure wives’ afforded her

He also had an insatiable appetite for dating beautiful women, as Dodd discovered. 

She reveals some of the unnerving behavior that she experienced while dating the notorious billionaire arms dealer, who died in London 2017 at the age of 82, including him declaring his love for her on their first night together by writing ‘l love you’ in blood on her arm.

Dodd had been working in Paris as a young model building a successful career when she jetted into Monte Carlo in the summer of 1980. 

She told VICE that she noticed Khashoggi staring at her at a beach-side pirate-themed party and was entranced by his odd his odd way of getting her attention, after he smashed a champagne glass while they were dancing. 

WHO WAS ADNAN KHASHOGGI?

Born to the Saudi king’s personal doctor Muhammad Khashoggi in 1935, the businessman was once dubbed 'the richest man in the world' and enjoyed a vast personal wealth of $4billion during the peak of his powers in the 1970s

Born to the Saudi king’s personal doctor Muhammad Khashoggi in 1935, the businessman was once dubbed ‘the richest man in the world’ and enjoyed a vast personal wealth of $4billion during the peak of his powers in the 1970s

Adnan Khashoggi was worth $4billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s and was often said to be the richest man in the world. 

The Saudi-born arms dealer was the most prolific weapons dealer of his era who brokered deals with governments, arms manufacturers and private clients across the globe.   

Born in Mecca to the Saudi king’s personal doctor Muhammad Khashoggi, he married Sandra Daly, a 20-year-old English woman who converted to Islam and took the name Soraya. They had five children and Soraya gave birth to another daughter, Petrina Khashoggi, shortly after the couple divorced.

However, his extra-marital affairs, which allowed him up to 12 ‘pleasure wives’ saw him court some of the world’s most beautiful women, offering them a life of five-star suites, private jets and haute couture outfits.  

Many of his deals were brokered at glitzy parties, with celebrity friends frequently pictured with the Saudi mogul. Pictured at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival with Ivana Trump with her then partner Rossano Rubicondi

Many of his deals were brokered at glitzy parties, with celebrity friends frequently pictured with the Saudi mogul. Pictured at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival with Ivana Trump with her then partner Rossano Rubicondi

While his rivals carried out business in secret, Khashoggi did deals at champagne and caviar parties that lasted for days, often in the company of Hollywood stars.

On one occasion, the Stanford-educated magnate held a party in Istanbul for actress Liz Taylor after her cancer operation, while reportedly hiring rock band Queen to play at another bash.

Legend has it that he spent $250,000 a day at the height of his wealth, before he was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair in the mid-1980s.

The Saudi arms dealer was married officially three times, and had five children including, far left, son Mohammed and, left, daughter Nabila. The family are pictured at Elizabeth Taylor's birthday party in Cannes in 2001

The Saudi arms dealer was married officially three times, and had five children including, far left, son Mohammed and, left, daughter Nabila. The family are pictured at Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday party in Cannes in 2001 

Khashoggi was said to have brokered a secret sale of weapons by the US government to Iran when it was supposed to be under an arms embargo.

Ronald Reagan’s administration triggered the sale as part of a complex deal that led Iran to release US hostages and fund the Contra rebellion in Nicaragua on behalf of the US.  Reagan was forced to apologise when the scandal became public in 1987.

His empire unravelled amid a series of court cases and financial difficulties forced him to sell some of his assets, including his superyacht, Nabila, which eventually ended up in the hands of now US President Donald Trump. 

He died at the age of 82 at his London home in 2017 after battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Dodd says: ‘He looked into my eyes and pushed my shirtsleeve up exposing my forearm and wrote “I love you” in his own blood. Apparently, he’d cut himself smashing glasses. I had no idea who he was but I liked him a lot.’ 

Khashoggi was already a married father-of-five when he met Dodd, but pursued a relationship because he was allowed up to 12 women to serve as his ‘pleasure wives’.

Ms Dodd quickly became a member of Khashoggi’s harem, living in lavish suites in Saudi Arabia and taking turns to have sex with the billionaire arms dealer.

While she realized she was living a life of luxury thanks to her relations with Khashoggi, she told the Australia’s Channel 9 in 2017 that their relationship felt real.

Dodd, a former model who was once featured in the pages of French Vogue, pictured in a more recent photo with her book about her journey of self discovery

Dodd, a former model who was once featured in the pages of French Vogue, pictured in a more recent photo with her book about her journey of self discovery

‘I never thought of myself as a hooker, I still don’t think that,’ she said. 

Dodd revealed the business tycoon made her sign a contract before they started a relationship. 

 I discovered that chasing happiness via wealth is like running after your own shadow…

‘He said, “I want to take care of you, I want to make a five-year contract with you. I’ll provide everything for you and you will be at my beck and call 24 hours a day,”‘ she said. 

She accepted and says that, at first, she didn’t get jealous of the sharing her boyfriend with other women, including his official wife. 

However, after being diagnosed with severe anxiety, Dodd began to turn her back on the riches that being with the flamboyant dealer afforded her. 

After spotting another woman showing off a ring Khashoggi had just given her while the harem was out in Las Vegas – identical to one she had been given – she realized her dream of dating a billionaire had soured. 

Dodd said Khashoggi, pictured in 2001, with his son in Cannes, was 'a great lover' but that ultimately she couldn't live a life chasing extreme wealth

Dodd said Khashoggi, pictured in 2001, with his son in Cannes, was ‘a great lover’ but that ultimately she couldn’t live a life chasing extreme wealth

She tells VICE: ‘We broke up not long after that night in Las Vegas and it was mostly a relief. I’d discovered that chasing happiness via wealth is like running after your own shadow. 

‘I realized there was no magic object or amount of money that makes a person feel whole and at peace. Peace isn’t found in objects, power, status, or riches.’ 

Dodd has said previously that she didn’t regret her time with Khashoggi and that she loved him.

‘He was great, we just melded together. He was a great lover, everything was just mutual and beautiful,’ she said.

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