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Thursday, 29 November, 2001, 15:25 GMT
Profile: Suharto's playboy son
Tommy and bride feeding each other
Tommy's 1997 wedding: Extravagant tastes
The flamboyant son of former Indonesian President Suharto, arrested in late November 2001 after more than a year on the run, has for most of his life enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.

Until his marriage in 1997, Hutomo Mandala Putra, nicknamed "Tommy", was renowned as a playboy who had dated a string of Indonesian starlets and beauty queens.

Tommy Suharto being escorted by police after his arrest, 28 November 2001
Tommy was arrested without a fight
But in September 2000 he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for corruption and became a fugitive after giving police the slip.

The conviction was controversially overturned by the supreme court in October 2001, but Tommy remained at large.

Police had made it clear they suspected him of masterminding the 26 July killing of Supreme Court judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita.

Mr Kartasasmita, shot in broad daylight, was one of those who had sentenced Tommy.


Police say two of the gunmen allegedly responsible admitted to being paid 100 million rupiah ($10,800) and to having handed the weapons back to Tommy after the shooting.

Wanted poster of Tommy Suharto, July 2001
Police say Tommy used a fake ID card while on the run
A cache of weapons and explosives was found at one of Tommy's homes, along with a fake identity card allegedly belonging to him. Police say he may also have been behind a series of bombings in Jakarta.

In January, police also broke into a bunker under one of Tommy's homes, after drilling through thick concrete for two days.

Tommy was the first of the former president's family to face prosecution for corruption. The allegations emerged from an $11m land deal involving a retail company.


For 32 years President Suharto ruled Indonesia as a kind of family business. The family amassed a fortune estimated at $45bn, through a series of monopolies and corrupt deals.

Rolls Royce
Fleet car: A Rolls Royce from Tommy Suharto's private collection
Time magazine in June 1998 estimated Tommy's share of this wealth was $800m.

His wide-ranging business interests stretched throughout Indonesia to the United States, to New Zealand and Nigeria.

Under the banner of the Humpuss Conglomerate, Tommy held significant shareholdings in an estimated 90 companies, ranging from oil exploration to natural gas, pharmaceuticals, construction and shipping.


But it is for cars and golf courses that Tommy is probably best known.

The Timor: A family car for the Suhartos
In Jakarta, Tommy liked to travel in a sparkling royal blue Rolls-Royce, just one of the many cars in his personal collection.

His love of fast cars was confirmed in 1993, when he spent $40m acquiring a majority shareholding in the Italian luxury car manufacturer, Lamborghini.

He also owned a 75% stake in an 18-hole golf course with 22 luxury apartments in England.

A $4m hunting ranch in New Zealand and a half share in a $4m yacht moored in Australia were other symbols of his extravagant lifestyle.

Perhaps the greatest gift Tommy received from his father was the exclusive franchise for the production of Indonesia's national car, the "Timor".

He was later forced to relinquish this lucrative tax-exempt project as a condition of the International Monetary Fund bail-out for Indonesia in 1998.

He also had to surrender a valuable local monopoly on cloves - a key ingredient in Indonesia's sweetly-scented kretek cigarettes.

See also:

28 Nov 01 | Asia-Pacific
Tommy Suharto arrested
01 Oct 01 | Asia-Pacific
Tommy Suharto conviction quashed
07 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
Suharto's son linked to killing
30 Jan 01 | Asia-Pacific
Tommy Suharto's bank accounts frozen
16 Jan 01 | Asia-Pacific
Police break into Suharto bunker
28 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Suharto's fortune
28 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Rise and fall of strongman Suharto
28 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
The case against Suharto
28 Sep 00 | Asia-Pacific
Why Suharto can't stand trial
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