The World’s Richest Royals

The World’s 15 richest royals struggled to maintain their fortunes since 2010.

Collectively the group’s total worth is down 9%; the biggest loser is Dubai’s monarch, whose fortune fell more than 60%.

Only two rulers, those of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, saw modest gains according to FORBES. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s richest royal, according to the list. Majority of the monarchs listed are from Asia.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Net Worth: $30 Billion – As of 2010

The King’s assets, held by the Crown Property Bureau, are worth $30 billion.

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei

Net Worth: $20 Billion – As of 2010

Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is worth $20 billion.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia

Net Worth: $18 Billion – As of 2010

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia net worth $18 billion.

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed of UAE

Net Worth: $15 Billion – As of 2010

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan of UAE net worth $15 billion.

President of the UAE and hereditary ruler of its capital emirate, Abu Dhabi. UAE is home to one-tenth of world’s oil reserves; petrodollars-dollars are the president’s family’s original source of wealth. His real estate also is becoming more valuable, as property values rose 100% from 2005 to 2007. Sheikh Khalifa spent more than $1 billion–including $200 million on a Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim museum–on branding Abu Dhabi as a cultural center. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority recently made headlines by investing $7.5 billion in Citibank and buying New York’s Chrysler Building for $800 million.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid of Dubai

Net Worth: $4.5 Billion – As of 2010

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai net worth $4.5 billion.

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Net Worth: $3.3 Billion – As of 2010

Liechtenstein’s Prince Hans-Adam II is worth $3.5 billion.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Net Worth: $2.5 Billion – As of 2010

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI is worth $2.5 billion.

His kingdom’s gold is its near monopoly control of the world’s phosphate supply; Morocco holds two-thirds of the world’s phosphate mines and is the world’s biggest exporter of the mineral, which is used in fertilizer. Fortune up thanks to a fivefold increase in phosphate prices over the past several years.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar

Net Worth: $2.4 Billion – As of 2010

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is worth $2.4 billion.

Prince Albert II of Monaco

Net Worth: $1 Billion – As of 2010

Prince Albert II of Monaco is worth $1 billion.

His Highness the Aga Khan

Net Worth: $800 Million – As of 2010

His Highness the Aga Khan is worth $800 million.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman

Net Worth: $700 Million – As of 2010

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said is worth $700 million.

Queen Elizabeth of Britain

Net Worth: $500 Million – As of 2010

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is worth $500 million.

Queen Elizabeth, 85, has an estimated personal net worth of $500 million that comes from property holdings including Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, stud farms, a fruit farm and marine land throughout the U.K.; extensive art and fine jewelry; and one of the world’s largest stamp collections built by her grandfather.

Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad  of Kuwait

Net Worth: $350 Million – As of 2010

Kuwait’s Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah is worth $350 million.

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands

Net Worth: $200 Million – As of 2010

The Netherland’s Queen Beatrix is worth $200 million.

King Mswati III of Swaziland

Net Worth: $100 Million – As of 2010

Swaziland’s King Mswati III is worth $100 million.


[Source: Forbes]

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