5 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Osama bin Laden

On March 10, 1957, terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden formed the al-Qaeda network which carried out global strikes against Western interests, culminating in the September 11 terror attacks. Here are shocking 5 facts you didn't know about Osama bin Laden... 


He Loved Whitney Houston Bin Laden was quoted as saying “Music is the flute of the devil;” however, a woman who was a captive of bin Laden said he adored singer Whitney Houston and spoke about her often. In fact, he would have been willing to add her to his collection of wives. That same woman claims bin Laden “had a paramount desire for Whitney Houston and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting with the superstar.“ He was less enthusiastic about her husband Bobby Brown and fantasized about killing him.

Bin Laden Kept a Large Collection of Pornography After bin Laden was captured, there was a large collection of porn found in his compound. According to the officials who recovered the porn, it was “modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive.”


He Loved Volleyball Standing at 6’4″ and relatively lanky, it’s not much of a surprise to hear that bin Laden could kill on the volleyball court. However, he was apparently so competitive that he never allowed anyone who was better than he was to play on his team.

He Had 52 Siblings Osama bin Laden was the 17th out of an estimated 52 children of construction magnate Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.  His father was a Saudi multi-millionaire who owned the biggest construction company in the country. The bin Laden family made $5 billion in the construction industry, of which Osama later inherited around $25–30 million.  It is reported that Osama Bin Laden fathered between 20 and 26 children with his wives.

He Carried a Stash for a Quick Getaway U.S. authorities discovered 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn into the pockets of bin Laden’s robes. This would allow him to abandon his Abottabad hideout and disappear into the Pakistani countryside at a moment’s notice. By constantly being prepared to flee, bin Laden had successfully evaded capture by U.S. forces for ten years. Bin Laden was captured May 2, 2011, and killed by a team of U.S. Navy Seals, ending his reign of terror.