According to Forbes, the combined wealth of these gentlemen crosses over 120 billion dollars and in these difficult times, they have lost about $22 billion. They are the owners of thousands of acres of lands and companies. Some own over a thousand thoroughbred race horses while one group controls more than one fifths of the global oil reserves. These are the top 10 riches royals across the world and not surprisingly, the Arabs rule this list.
1. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King of Thailand)
With an estimated 30 billion dollars in his treasure chest (down 5 billion due to the recession), the king of Thailand tops this list as the richest royal in the world. He is 81 years old and owns 3,493 acres alone in Bangkok.
2. Haji Hassand Bolkiah (Sultan of Brunei)
The 29th sultan of the kingdom of Brunei is said to be worth around $22 billion and increasing. The relatively young royal (62 years old), will be able to enjoy for years.
3. Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates)
The ruler of Abu Dhabi has an estimated $18 billion in his kitty and is also the owner of one tenths of the global oil deposits. He is 61 years of age.
4. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz (King of Saudi Arabia)
With a cumulative worth of $17 billion at 83 years, King Abdullah is known for developing massive centres for growth of industry and commerce in Saudi Arabia.
5. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai)
Known to many as the “the CEO of Dubai”, this 57 year old gentleman is worth $12 billion and runs his kingdom like any western company.
6. Prince Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein (Prince of Liechtenstein)
This 64 year old ruler’s heritage is almost 900 years old. The ruler of a modestly sized country in the Alps has 40,000 acres of land in Austria, several palaces and a 4 century old art compilation. Add up his riches and you get $3.5 billion.
7. King Mohammed IV (Ruler of Morocco)
The youngest royal to be among this list, at 45 years of age, King Mohammed IV is currently making his fortunes exporting phosphate and has a cool $2.5 billion tucked away. He is also the only one to have made a profit in the global slowdown of monarchs.
8. Prince Albert II (Monarch of Monaco)
An accessible bachelor, the 49 year old Prince Albert II is valued at $1.4 billion with vast properties in Europe.
9. Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa Al Thani (Emir of Qatar)
Valued 1 billion dollars and aged 56, Sheikh Hamid Khalifa became the ruler of oil country Qatar after usurping the throne from his father in 1995.
10. Prince Karim Al Husseini (Imam of the Nizari Muslims)
The 70 year old Prince is the 49th Imam of the faith and hence a direct successor of Mohammed. The owner of several international horse farms among other business interests, his current value is around 1 billion dollars.