Royal is almost synonymous with wealth. And in some places where the monarchy still exists, the richest royal family in the world resides. Here is a list of the 10 richest royal families in the world with enormous fortunes.
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1. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Thailand
The Thai royal family is currently listed as the richest royal family in the world. King Maha Vajiralongkorn is estimated to be worth US$30 billion. The Thai ruler and his family reached this figure through investments from the Crown Property Bureau, a public institution that manages the properties of the crown. In addition, the Rama X holds 545 carats, the world’s largest engraved and faceted Jubilee gold diamond.
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2. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
It is followed by Sultan Muda Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, with the US $ 20 billion. The 73-year-old monarch, who lives in the largest palace in the world, valued at more than US $ 350 million, has a fortune from the oil and gas industry. As if that were not enough, the Asian Sultan would own more than 600 Rolls-Royce cars.
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3. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s family owns a huge media group which includes the Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Eqtisadiah publications. He is worth an estimated $18 billion.
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4. Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi
Emir of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has a huge fortune from oil. He is also the president of the UAE and the chairman of the Abu Dhabi investment authority. The Emir is worth an estimated $15 billion.
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5. Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg
The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg receives an allowance of around $324,851 a year to carry out royal duty – their net worth is estimated to be about $4 billion.
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6. Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai
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7. Prince Hans-Adam II, Liechtenstein
Another royal family among Europe’s richest are the Liechtenstein clan. They own the private LGT Group bank and are estimated to have a net worth of $3.5 billion.
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8. King Mohammed VI, Morocco
Morocco’s monarch King Mohammed VI is estimated to have a net worth of $2.1 billion. The monarchy-owned Morocco’s National Investment Company which has money in banking, telecommunications, and renewable energy is said to be the source for most of the family’s wealth.
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9. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar
Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has ruled the principality since 2013. The country’s oil and gas reserves mean the royal family is worth a reported $1.2 billion.
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10. Prince Albert II, Monaco
The fortune of Prince Albert II, son of the legendary Grace Kelly, was obtained from the holdings in the Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco, which manages the wealth of the Monte Carlo Casino and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Besides that, he also owns his mother’s house in Philadelphia. In fact, his wedding with South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2011 was among the most expensive in the world. The estimated net worth of his fortune is $ 1 billion.