While Emine Erdogan claims she is a devout Muslim who lives frugally, her love for designer clothes and expensive antiques has come under scrutiny while her husband President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly amassed a £139million fortune with at least three palaces across Turkey.
Mother of four, Emine Erdogan’s jet-set lifestyle has also raised a few eyebrows in a country where extreme poverty persists especially when the president's wife boasts she drinks specialist white tea at £1,500 a kilo… and drinks it from gold leaf glasses worth £250 each.
Reports she closed down a shopping mall in Brussels to go on a designer shopping spree and blowing £37,000 in Poland while browsing an antiques bazaar have not helped.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s £500m White Palace is said to be fitted with such opulence that vexed some critics that during the failed coup, F-16 jets bombed the Palace, but the extent of any damage is not yet known.
While the population have got used to Erdogan's extravagance with his palace, the source of his wealth remains something of a mystery.
According to Forbes magazine the 62 year old topped the list of the highest paid political figures with his earnings put at £43.2m as reported by dailymail.co.uk.