When you're born into a royal family, it's automatically assumed that you're very rich, and while that's generally the case, some royals are much richer than others. Have you ever wondered just how much members of the royal families of the world are worth? You might be surprised at some of the lesser talked about royals who have massive fortunes that outshine those that are more commonly highlighted in gossip columns. We've researched the net worth of the richest royals in the world for 2019, and here are the top 20 for your enjoyment and information.
20. King Felipe VI - Net worth: $20 million
King Felipe VI is the ruling monarch of the country of Spain. His benevolence was noted in 2015 when he cut his salary to just over a quarter of a million dollars annually. We learned that the five royal county residences and the eight royal palaces that the royal family calls home are managed by the National Heritage group of Spain, although they have full access to them. King Felipe and his family cost the country of Spain roughly $9 million per year in support of their royal lifestyle, but we really don't hear many complaints.
19. King Harald V - Net worth: $30 million
King Harald V, the ruler of Norway assumed the throne on January 17th of 1991. He is married to his Queen, Sonja and the couple live in the Royal Palace at Oslo. Their royal family consists of two children who have gifted them with five grandkids. The Norwegian state spends approximately $72 million per year to support their royal lifestyle, but a good portion of this is spent in the protection of the family when they're at home or out and about.
18. Queen Margrethe II - Net worth: $40 million
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark assumed the monarchy in 1972. Her personal net worth is estimated at $40 million, and the royal family is allowed just under $13 million per year for lifestyle expenses. Margrethe is married to Prince Henrik, and he and her sister Benedikte are also granted a small cash allowance, but much of the budget is allocated towards household operations, financing activities of the queen and some private expenses.
17. King Carl XVI Gustaf - Net worth: $70 million
King Carl XVI Gustaf is the ruler of Sweden. He and his family are among Europe's wealthiest. He assumed the throne in 1973 whle just a young man of 27 years. Three years after assuming the crown, he married Queen Silvia, and the couple has three children together. It was estimated in 2015, that $7.6 million was spent on Palace Administration. Stenhammar Castle is the country residence of the royal family, who leases the home from the state government. They are owners of their summer home Solliden Palace which is located on Oland, a Baltic island.
16. Mswati III King of Eswatni - Net worth: $100 million
This royal is the twentieth richest in the world. As a ruler, he has gained his fortune from a variety of different enterprises.
15. Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands - Net worth: $200 million
Beatrix was formerly Queen of the Netherlands, but she abdicated her royal throne in 2013. She is still considered to be royalty. She has holdings in Royal Dutch Shell as well as in other varied enterprises.
14. Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah- Net worth: $350 million
Sabah Al- Ahmad is the Emir of Kuwait. His net worth of $350 million comes from investments and holdings in a variety of different enterprises.
13. Prince Charles - Net worth: $420 million
Prince Charles' formal title is the Prince of Wales. He is the son of Queen Elizabeth II, of England. His personal net worth is estimated to be at $420 million, making him one of the wealthiest royals in the world. He has greater net worth than many rulers who are currently in power within their nations, although Prince Charles has never ruled the country.
12. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Net worth: $500 million
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a king in Saudi Arabia. He rose to power on January 23, 2015. As king of Saudi Arabia, he enjoys the comforts that he people are willing to afford him, which are numerous. His private residence is Erga Palace and it is elaborately decorated with the finest materials with even a tissue box bearing pure gold construction. He also enjoys a luxury yacht. This is no big change from the lifestyle that he was accustomed to living prior to becoming king. Salman enjoys all of the things that money can buy, but he is a benevolent ruler as well. He shares the wealth with others by handing out tens of billions of dollars in bonuses, grants, and investments in worthy ventures.
11. Queen Elizabeth II - Net worth: $600 million
Queen Elizabeth II is the mother of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and she is also the monarch ruling over the country of England. She is the richest member of her family. She assumed the crown in June of 1953 and she is still ruling over her country. She is the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Britain. Although the queen does not own the Crown Estate, the estimated values of this and the other UK properties under the Crown are estimated in value at $14.8 billion.
10. King Abdullah II - Net worth: $750 million
King Abdullah II is the king of the country of Jordan. He inherited the throne in February of 1999 when his father King Hussein died. Abdullah is an interesting ruler hwo is also a writer who has authored a book titled "Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril." His words are timely and helpful in a world where war is prevalent and an ever-present threat to countries attempting to leave in peace with their neighbors in the Middle East. He is an avid fan of Star Trek and has even made an investment in a special Star Trek theme park located at the Red Sea Astrarium.
9. Prince Albert II - Net worth: $1 billion
Prince Albert II is the ruling monarch of the country of Monaco. He is the son of Prince Rainier, who passed away, along with his famous mother, Princess Grace, who prior to becoming royalty, was an American movie star named Grace Kelly. Albert has a personal net worth of $1 billion and he's the ninth richest royal in the world today. The country of Monaco is a destination spot for the rich and famous who enjoy a hearty nightlife. It's the place where many jet-setters go for a week or a weekend of fun and entertainment. Albert also owns a stake in a resort at Monte Carlo, as well as an antique car collection, a stamp collection, and multiple real-estate holdings within Monaco and in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area where his mother grew up as a child.
8. King Mohammed VI - net worth: $2.1 billion
The second billionaire ruler on our list is the eighth richest royal in the world, King Mohammed VI of Morocco. He became the King in July of 1999, upon the passing of his father. Mohammed has a personal net worth that is in the billions and he spends up to a million dollars a day for personal palace expenses. He made the bulk of his wealth through investments that he made in the largest public company in Morocco, Omnium Nord Africain, as well as in agriculture and phosphate mining. The family has also made multiple investments in other African countries in the telecommunications industry, in renewable energy and in the banking and financial sectors.
7. Prince Hans-Adam II, Liechtenstein - Net worth: $3.5 billion
Hans-Adam II is the ruler of Liechtenstein. He has a personal net worth of an estimated $3.5 billion. The royal family made their fortune through the LGT Group, which is a privately-owned bank. In addition to this, the family also operates the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation overseeing winery, forest and real-estate assets.
6. Grand Duke Henri - Net worth: $4 billion
Grand Duke Henri is the ruler of Luxembourg. His estimated net worth is placed at $4 billion. The royal family of Luxembourg receives an annual grant of $324,851 for their royal activities, but they really don't need the allowance because they're rich all on their own.
5. Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum - Net worth: $4 billion
Tied with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Emier Sheikh of Dubai. He also has an estimated net worth of $4 billion. He also serves as the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. While he is a very rich ruler, he is also a very charitable and caring one. He makes large donations to assist with charitable causes through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. One of his goals is to ensure that the generations to come will be able to develop sustainable solutions for the Arab world.
4. Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan - Net worth: $15 billion
The fourth richest royal in the world today is Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, as well as Emir of Abu Dhabi. As the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, he has made the bulk of his personal fortune. The organization is in charge of the management of excess oil reserves for the United Arab Emirates.In addition to being incredibly wealthy, Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan is also a generous philanthropist who makes regular contributions to relief organizations as well as ensuring that the country's medical facilities are state of the art.
3. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - Net worth: $18 billion
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a royal who is not currently ruling, but he was formerly the King of Saudi Arabia. He has amassed a fortune that is estimated to be at roughly $18 billion. He was the richest royal in the world until he passed away in 2015. He ruled from 2005. To honor his service, Saudi Arabia started a construction project to erect a city that would be named after him, prior to his passing.
2. Hassanal Bolkiah - Net worth: $20 billion
The second richest royal is the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. He is worth an estimated $20 billion. He made his fortune in the oil and gas industry in the development sector in the country of Brunei. The Sultan is said to have a collection of over 600 Rolls Royce vehicles. He resides at Istana Nurul Iman, which is the largest palace in the world with an estimated value at more than $350 million.
1. Bhumibol Adulyadej - Net worth: $30 billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej is the King of Thailand and he is the richest royal in the entire world today with an estimated net worth of $30 billion. The King has been in charge of the monarchy in Thailand for the longest reign in the history of the country. The Crown Property Bureau is the entity in charge of managing the wealth of King Bhumibol. The last reports indicated that the estate includes more than three thousand acres of property located within the central region of Bangkok. Also included in his wealth are shares in teh Siam Commercial bank and in Siam Cement. He lives a lavish lifestyle. He is the owner of the largest cut and faceted diamond on the face of the earth. It is called the Golden Jubilee Diamond and it weighs an amazing 545 carats. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has the second richest royal in the world beat by some $10 billion dollars in net wealth to take the leading position.
Written by Dana Hanson
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