While very few monarchies exist in the world today, there are certain small states who have a king or a queen as their leader. A majority of the richest royal rulers reside in the Middle East – home to all the main oil producing countries of the world.
1. Hajji Hassand Bolkiah
Hajji Hassand Bolkiah is the richest royal ruler in the world today. He is the 29th Sultan of Brunei and his fortunes have been estimated at 22 billion dollars. This total expands every day and since he is only 61 years old, he will enjoy this money for several years to come.
2. Sheikh Kalifaskin Zayed Al Nahyan
The individual who rules the United Arab Emirates goes by the name of Sheikh Kalifaskin Zayed Al Nahyan. His is 59 years old and is worth over 20 billion dollars today. Sheikh Kalifaskin Zayed Al Nahyan maintains and controls one-tenth of the oil reserves world-wide.
3. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
This royal ruler is Saudi Arabia’s king and his fortunes have been estimated at 19 billion dollars. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz is 83 years old and is getting richer as we speak!
4. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum rules Dubai and is fondly called the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai as well. At 57 years of age, his fortunes have been estimated at 16 billion dollars.
5. King Bhumibal Adulyadej
King Bhumibal Adulyadej rules over Thailand and he is worth 5 billion dollars. He is an American citizen and is 79 years old.
6. Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein
Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein rules over Liechtenstein. He is 62 years old and will soon inherit a rich dynasty that is 900 years old. Even though the country he rules over is not too large, he is worth over 4.3 billion dollars. He spends his time collecting art and also manages the several business empires set up by his family.
7. King Mohammed IV
King Mohammed IV rules over Morocco and at 44, is said to be the youngest royal billionaire in the world. He fortune has been estimated at 2 billion dollars.
8. Prince Albert Monarch
Prince Albert Monarch is the royal ruler of Monaco. At 49 years old, his fortunes have been estimated at 1.2 billion dollars. He has not married yet and is quite happy as a bachelor.
9. Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Sheikh Hamed Bin Khalifa Al Thani is the Emir of Qatar and his fortunes have been estimated at 1 billion dollars. His is 55 years old and is known world-wide for overthrowing his father over 10 years ago in order to rule over the tiny nation that has very rich oil reserves.
10. Prince Karin Al Husseini
Prince Karin Al Husseini is the Aga Khan which is a title given to the Imam of the Nizari Muslims of the Shia faith. His fortunes have been estimated at 1 billion dollars. This figure is growing every day and this 70 year old rules over at least 15 million Muslims. In addition to that, he also looks after several businesses overseas.
This list would be incomplete without the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth the II. At 81 years of age, she is worth over 600 million dollars.