A motorcycle enthusiast, Sultan Ibrahim is well-known as the founder of the annual motorcycling tour event, Kembara Mahkota Johor.
Tunku Ibrahim was born at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru. As a youth, he received military training in the US–at Fort Benning, Georgia and later at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Tunku Ibrahim Ismail was appointed as the Tunku Mahkota of Johor on 4 July 1981, and had been primarily residing at Istana Pasir Pelangi since then.
Tunku Ibrahim was the regent of Johor between 26 April 1984 and 25 April 1989 when his father served his term as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
In recent years, Tunku Ibrahim gradually took over some of the state duties and functions from his aging father; these included the 211th Conference of Rulers, whereby Tunku Ibrahim and Tengku Abdullah, the Tengku Mahkota of represented their fathers in the meetings, among some other state functions.
A few hours before his father's demise on 22 January 2010, Tunku Ibrahim was appointed as the Regent of Johor, following medical reports that suggested of Sultan Iskandar's pending demise.
Sultan Iskandar died on the same night, and Tunku Ibrahim was installed as the Sultan of Johor the following morning. The Menteri Besar of Johor, Abdul Ghani Othman cited that Sultan Ibrahim and immediate members of the royal family will undertake a mourning period of 40 days. During the mourning season, Sultan Ibrahim made his inaugural presence at the Conference of Rulers in February 2010 as the Sultan of Johor.
1. Tunku Ismail Idris Abdul Majid Abu Bakar (born 30 June 1984). He was appointed the Raja Muda in April 2006 by Sultan Iskandar, and became the Tunku Mahkota upon Sultan Ibrahim's accession.
2. Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah (born c. 1987)
3.Tunku Idris (born c. 1988)
4.Tunku Abdul Jalil (born c. 1990)
5.Tunku Abdul Rahman Hassanal Jefri(born c. 1993)
6.Tunku Abu Bakar (born c. 2001)