Andrew Tate’s claims of being the world’s first trillionaire have come into focus, after it emerged the former kickboxer has been living in a compound by Bucharest Airport.
The American-born Brit was one of four people arrested in connection with an investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group. Tate, 36, was filmed being taken away in cuffs on Thursday and Romanian police raided the complex worth a reported £600,000.
It is believed the controversial figure lives in a fortress-like compound situated on the outskirts of Bucharest, close to Aurel Vlaicu International Airport and surrounded by abandoned buildings.
It’s a far cry from the flashy and wealthy lifestyle Tate was so keen to show his legion of followers on social media. Before he was banned from Instagram, Tate did a virtual tour of the complex showing a number of rooms, including a cinema, a luxury bathroom and a room displaying his clothes and guns.
But the outside of the property is significantly less impressive, with abandoned cars adorning the broken-up road which makes it way towards the property.
Tate’s actual net worth is unknown, although it is almost certain to be substantially lower than the trillion he bragged in a YouTube video earlier this year. In a live stream with Adin Ross, the “Hustlers University” creator brought in a woman named Kazumi for a virtual date which attracted criticism across social media.
He said: “I’ll look after you baby, you’ll never have to work again. I don’t know if you knew this, I don’t want to brag but I’m going to tell you something – I’m a trillionaire… the world’s first.”
Tate had reportedly moved to Romania in order to have his team of armed bodyguards. In a rare recent visit to the UK, he revealed he was travelling with six security guards, claiming the country where he was raised had turned into a “cesspit”.
In a clip released by Romanian police which took place after Tate’s arrest, officers can be seen walking through his residence. The video, from an officer’s perspective, shows guns, brass knuckles and swords on tables in the house. Wads of cash, cigars and a gorilla ornament made out of American dollars are also on display.
Alongside two other Romanian nationals, the brothers have been investigated since April. A statement from Romanian authorities read: “The four suspects appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost.
A spokesperson for Tate told the Daily Mirror: “We cannot provide any details at the moment regarding alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can.”
Tate looks set to bring in the new year locked in a prison cell after a request from his lawyer to be released was rejected on Friday. That means Tate, and his younger brother Tristan are set to spend up to 30 days locked away in a ‘detention centre’.
It remains unknown as to which one of Romania’s ‘Detention and Preventative Arrest Centres’ Tate will be held, but it is expected that it will be in the capital of Bucharest.