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THAT'S RICH!; pounds 1,500 tip to taxi driver pounds 900 tip to hotel worker.

Happy Scots hotel workers sent out a message to the world's richest man yesterday: "You're a bit of OIL-RIGHT!"

For the mega-rich Sultan of Brunei gave a blank cheque to his aides when he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Edinburgh.

And it was the staff at the luxury Greywalls Country House Hotel in Gullane, East Lothian, who enjoyed the bonanza.

Workers at the hotel - a nine iron shot from the exclusive Muirfield Golf Club picked up THOUSANDS of pounds in tips from the generous Sultan's men.

One hotel worker walked away with an amazing pounds 900.

And a local taxi driver was given a pounds 1,500 tip for picking up their Chinese carry-outs.

The loadsamoney Sultan's men spent a week at the pounds 185-a-night hotel while the Sultan attended the Edinburgh conference.

The Sultan has a pounds 30 BILLION personal fortune - mostly cash raised through his interests in the oil industry.

A Greywalls member of staff - who did not wish to be named - said: "The Sultan's men were handing out fistfuls of money. It was incredible.

"I know of one colleague who walked away with pounds 900.

"The Sultan's people were very generous. They seemed to have no limits on their spending power.

"One of the local taxi drivers who kept the Sultan's men supplied with carry-out meals during their stay was given a pounds 1500 tip.

"I don't think he could believe his luck."

The leaders of more than 50 Commonwealth countries attended the meeting.

During his visit to the capital, the Sultan stayed at the five-star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh's Princes Street.

No-one from Greywalls was available for comment last night.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 2, 1997
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