Loujain 'LJ' Adada Is The Second-Wealthiest Person On 'Dubai Bling'
If you’re as addicted to reality television as I am, you know that Dubai Bling is the latest and greatest Netflix TV binge-watch.
The new show dropped on Oct. 27, and people can’t stop talking about it—which is understandable. Dubai Bling follows a group of socialites living their very best lives in the the United Arab Emirates, following along with all the glitz, glam and drama that comes with life in the "City of Gold." There can never be enough parties, top-tier fashion, or petty fights when you have more money than you know what to do with.
Speaking of the rich and famous, Loujain "LJ" Adada is one of the new stars of the show, and this fabulous (and very beautiful) lady is estimated to be the second-wealthiest person in the group. Described by Netflix as “outspoken, assertive and not shy to speak her mind,” LJ has been working hard for success since she was just a teen.
Here's everything to know about her rise in Dubai, her job, and relationship with her late husband.
LJ is a model.
Born in California, she grew up in her native country of Lebanon. As a student in Beirut, LJ was interested in fashion, photography, and traveling, per Reality Tidbit.
She started her career in the modeling industry pretty young, getting her first magazine ad at just 14 years old, according to Reality Tidbit, and she made a name for herself in the entertainment world by the time she was about 21, per The Cinemaholic. LJ also got into television around that age, hosting "Energy Spin Magazine," which was MTV Lebanon’s music program, per Reality Tidbit.
When LJ was 25, she left the working world to marry her billionaire husband, Walid Juffali, in 2012.
But, perhaps thanks in part to her new stint in Dubai Bling, it looks like LJ is back on her modeling game these days—her Instagram is filled with model shots, and it looks like she’s recently modeled for Ounass.
She was married to a billionaire businessman.
Walid Juffali was born to one of the richest families in Saudi Arabia and his family runs one of the Middle East’s largest conglomerates, worth around $9 billion, according to The Telegraph. He was also chairman of E.A. Juffali and Brothers, the biggest privately-owned business in Saudi Arabia, chairman of W Investments (his company), and chairman of Saudi American Banks and the Saudi Cement Company.
Walid and LJ got married in 2012 in an estimated $10 million wedding in Venice, Italy, per Arabian Weddings. He was 60 and she was just 25, and at the time, Walid was still married to American supermodel Christina Estrada. Taking a second wife was allowed under Saudi law, according to a 2008 Law and Society study.
Walid was also previously married to a woman named Basma Al-Sulaiman until 2000, when the couple divorced. Christina also filed for divorce when she found out about Walid's marriage to LJ.
Walid was diagnosed with cancer soon after his marriage to LJ, and he died in 2016.
She is a mom.
Walid and LJ had two daughters together before his death, Talia and Lana. It’s unclear how old Talia is, but Lana was born in 2016. They both look pretty young here:
She wrote a really sweet tribute on the anniversary of Walid's passing, saying that "it’s been almost 6 years without you and my daughters without their father and there will be no love to anyone like the love I had for you 🙏🏻 ur love for life is unforgettable and u passed it on to your daughters ❤️ 🙏🏻."
LJ told Marie De La Roche that she and her daughters love baking and dancing together. Aw!
She's a big yogi.
LJ told also told Marie De La Roche that her ideal "me time" means yoga. "I feel a sense of harmony and connection with the world that infuses my consciousness," she added.
Her net worth is quite high.
Yep, it’s an estimated $3.8 million to $4 million, according to Arabian Business. The outlet dubs LJ the second-richest cast member of Dubai Bling, and reported that she inherited major $$$ when Walid passed. The Cinemaholic says she got about $1.1 million from his estate.
But LJ also earned a good deal of money during her years as a model. And with her 187,000 (and growing) IG followers, let’s be honest…she probably makes a good deal of money from brand deals.
I can’t wait to see what happens with LJ during Dubai Bling!
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