Queens and kings are rulers of the world. Some are tyrants and others are leaders that walk among us. Nevertheless, this list consists not of judgment of character but of riches, influence and power! Many folks dream or perhaps maybe even lust for millions and popularity, but only the chosen can reign. Many queens and kings far surpass the millionaire status quo, and scheme higher for billions and fame forevermore.
Author of Spiritual Economics Eric Butterworth wrote, “The secret of achieving prosperity lies in so vividly keeping yourself centered in the inner focus of affluence that you literally exude the consciousness of it.” You may know of kings and queens such as King Arthur and Queen Victoria, though in this list you might acquire the knowledge of underground royals and you too might aspire for queen or kingship.
Kings and queens believe they deserve their riches. Queen Elizabeth I presided over a rich and powerful throne of England. In a speech before a victorious battle won over the Spanish Armada the queen had this to say, “My loving people... Being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die among you all; To lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honor and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king!” From the present day's lovely Queen Rania of Jordan to King Hannibal I of classical times, see the wealth behind the world's past and present most elite rulers. Here are the 15 richest kings and queens.
15. Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I is said to be one of the most powerful royals in history. One of her richest works included restoring the quality of England's gold currency after her father exchanged its value for third-rate metal. Queen Elizabeth I's father, King Henry VIII reduced the purity of English silver and gold coins to fund foreign wars and his scandalous affairs. Many of Henry VIII's fake silver coins actually contained more cheap metal like copper than the original silver.
Justice was served when Elizabeth I commanded that all old, debased, gold coins be re-made into new, pure, gold coins. England's new coins were made of the finest silver and gold. Rumor has it the people of England tossed gold coins at Elizabeth’s feet as she walked through the streets of England on carpeted pavements.
14. Albert II
Known as Prince Albert II, the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, and king of the "Princely House of Grimaldi," has an estimated net worth of $1 billion! Further, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which supports theater, dance, and film.
Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi was born in Prince’s Palace, Monaco. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the American actress Grace Kelly. Grace Kelly was a Hollywood icon and starred in popular Hitchcock films like Rear Window. Monaco is one of the smallest countries in the world with less than 40,000 people making up the population, but it's also one of the wealthiest per capita, as the prince so richly illustrates.
7 King Mohammed VI
King Mohammed has a net worth of $2.5 billion! He was once the top banker in the small country of Morocco, and one of the most notable in all of Europe.
Myfirstclasslife.com posts, "Since the royal family of Morocco is in charge of a lot of the money in the country, Mohammed VI was set up for success before he even assumed the role as king." Mohammed VI and his family run pretty much every profitable company in Morocco. He became king in 1999 after his father passed away. Every year, to commemorate his late father’s birthday, nobody has to go to work, which we think is pretty nice of the king.
6 King of Thailand
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is crazy rich. He is estimated to have a net worth in excess of $30 billion! He became king at age 19 when his brother was assassinated. He is now 88 years old and the longest reigning head of state in the entire world. He supposedly even earned a ton of his money on his own; Myfirstclasslife.com reports “King Adulyadej’s wealth comes from a lot of real estate investing in Thailand and across the globe, as well as a few banks and hotels.”
11. Queen Rania
Queen Rania of Jordan is honored for her graceful beauty and royal riches. She took the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid monarchs for 2016 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings. Rania Al-Abdullah is the Queen consort of Jordan. She is well-known around the world for working tirelessly on topics from education and community empowerment to cross-cultural social work and economic affairs.
5 King Mansa Musa
King Mansa Musa I reigned over the Mali Empire and was estimated to have been worth the equivalent of $400 billion in today’s currency! This fact makes King Mansa the richest man to ever walk the planet earth. King Mansa was a supreme Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 and expanded the Mali influence over multiple African city-states such as Timbuktu, Gao, and Djenne. King Mansa had a "golden inheritance" and an abundance of luxuries. His uncle was the epic emperor Sundiata Keita.
Mansa was a great businessman and economist, and gained his wealth through Mali’s supply of gold, salt and ivory- the main luxuries and needs for the majority of the world during that time.
4 Catherine the Great
Catherine II, known as Catherine the Great, was the empress queen of Russia, and led her country into the political, economical, and cultural life of modern Europe, carrying on the labors started by Peter the Great. Catherine sought to contain the power of the Orthodox Church and its prestigious wealth. In the queen’s mind, the wealth of the church should belong to the state- she definitely had radical thoughts for her time. To that end, she made the church part of the state and all of its holdings, including labor and profits that became state property and subject to taxes.
3 Meiji of Japan
Early in the reign of Emperor Meiji, Japan's government was focused on modernizing the country's economy. The prestigious wealth of Japan was primarily agricultural, with only 20 percent of its land reliable for harvesting crops and valuable exports like tea and silk.
The "Meiji Restoration Renewal" was a process of events that led to amazing changes in Japan's political and social structure. It occurred during the beginning of the Meiji Era. The restoration was a direct response to the opening of Japan to Western trade by the arrival of the United States Navy. Emperor King Meiji distributed his extravagant wealth effectively. He freed farmers from restrictions on land use, allowing them to grow whatever they wanted, and granted people the right to buy and sell land.
After the fall of the infamous royals known as Marc Antony and Cleopatra, Augustus arrived as the unquestionable ruler of the Roman World. This powerful position was briefly attained by his great-uncle Julius Caesar, but Augustus had to prove his worth and ultimately become a victorious ruler.
Augustus found himself holding immense political and economic power in the middle his reign. Rome’s success depended not merely on the politics but economic reform as well. With creativity, determination and action Augustus was forced to make decisions for a nation in turmoil. This was accomplished by the creation of a massive supplemental formation of extravagant troops, intelligence and his supreme riches.
2 William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror is one of the richest rulers to have set foot on earth. His wealth has been estimated to be between $209 billion and $229 billion. Best known for becoming the first Norman king of England, William reigned from 1066 until 1087. He led the last and final successful conquest of England by an outsider and become a gallant symbol throughout the world. Reports claims the king, “…was also known as William the Bastard and is thought to have been a descendant of Viking invaders from years before, which explains where he got his knack for invasion."
1 King Abdullah
Married to beautiful Queen Rania, King Abdulluh holds the distinction of being the primary Jordanian king. After studying in the United States of America, he returned to Jordan. In 1999, Aballuh assumed the throne following the death of his father, King Hussein, and has enhanced the nation’s riches since taking over.
As a huge admirer of science fiction, he’s the majority investor in a Star Trek theme park now being constructed in Jordan that’s set to open in 2017! King Abdulluh's accomplishments include, “innumerable stock investments and property. He also possesses eateries, a soccer team, and helped create his own brand of vodka." His net worth has been estimated at $750 million, and he lives a lavish lifestyle.
4. King Louis XIV Of France
Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was the King of France and King of Navarre until his death. He was a king for 72 years. This was the longest recorded reign of any European monarch and, of course, he was one of the richest. The great French writer Voltaire used the title "Age of Louis XIV" to describe the king's enormous wealth and the power he had amassed in the King's service. Long considered the epitome of all that is stylish, glamorous, and desirable, Louis' Paris was rich in lavish boutiques, restaurants, wine cellars, and more endless treasures. King Louis had the richest fashions; china, perfumes, jewels and one could imagine even more.
3. Alexander the Great
Historians claim that the great king, Alexander the Great, once granted one of his kinsmen a lavish palace worth an estimated $650 million. Alexander the Great had a 30-year reign. Alexander the Great was so wealthy that he once gained over 1100 tons of gold and that wasn’t in a 30-year reign- that was from just one city!
Alexander once said: “My first wish is scatter the gold, silver, and gems from my treasure-house along the path to the tomb when you ship my coffin to the grave. My second wish is to tell people not to be like me in pursuing wealth. I spent my whole life pursuing wealth, but I was wasting my time most of the time. My third wish to let people understand that I came to this world in empty hands and I will leave this world also in empty hands.”
2. King Shaka Zulu
King of the Zulus, Shaka Zulu was born in 1787, the son of Zulu Chief Senzangakhona and his royal wife Nandi. When Shaka was in his late twenties, his father died and left the throne to his older son. King Shaka rose to power around 1818 after murdering his brother, the king.
Historians say, “A strong, wealthy leader and military innovator, Shaka is noted for revolutionizing 19th century Bantu warfare by first grouping regiments by age, and training his men to use standardized weapons and special tactics.” King Shaka was also an inventor and created the “assegai,” which is a short spear, and “marched his regiments in tight formation, using large shields to fend off the enemies throwing spears.”
Shaka built a small African tribe into a dominant nation of more than a million people, and united South Africa against European colonial rule. The Zulu nation has remembered Shaka Zulu long after his death.
1. Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba was a legendary figure who flaunted her gracious wealth toward King Solomon and his court. Historians write, "She is an African queen hailing from Ethiopia." As a royal woman of ancient times she made bold decisions. She had vast wealth and power and revealed her majestic riches to King Solomon. She is even mentioned in the bible in the story of the Queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to question King Solomon, arriving in a large caravan with precious stones, spices and gold.