What child didn’t dream of being a prince or princess when they grew up? Few monarchs actually fit the storybook ideal of living in castles and reigning from diamond-encrusted thrones that we, as children, may have imagined. Still, many have amassed a fortune that makes grown up men and women green with envy. Perhaps surprisingly, being born into a royal family isn’t the only way the world’s wealthiest royals earned a coveted spot on this list. Sure, inheriting much of their wealth helped, but many of these royals actually earned a large share of their fortune through investments and business ventures. Being born into the right family has a lot to do with these royals’ wealth but talent and hard work are a lesser – but not insignificant – contributing factor to their mega wealth. In fact, many royals invest. For instance, the Queen of England herself holds investments in real estate and other diverse assets. Meanwhile, many of the richest royals in the world owe their massive wealth to their country’s natural resources. Many of the Middle Eastern royals’ wealth can be tied to investments in oil and other natural resources that are valuable all over the world. The fortune of the wealthiest royals in the world is almost always in flux - from dwindling oil supplies to massive charitable donations. Who are the ten very richest of that class of people we often believe to be the wealthiest in the world? These list shows the most affluent royals who made it to the top.