We don’t have royal families in the United States, but we are still fascinated with their every move. In the media, their special events, weddings and birth announcements make for great headlines.
Some of the richest people on the planet are born to royal families and have more money than they will ever know what to do with. Queen Elizabeth II of England isn’t on the list because her $450 million didn’t cut the mustard.
Some of these filthy rich royals are so wealthy that we had to investigate the source of their immense net worth and what they’re doing with all of that cash.
10. Karim al-Hussayni, Aga Khan IV ($800 Million)
Karim is of royal descent and the current Imam of Nizari Ismailism after assuming the role in 1957. Strangely enough, he doesn’t have rule over any specific territory and is considered an insanely successful business man. He breeds race horses and owns exclusive clubs that cater to a wealthy clientele. His net worth dipped to $800 million following the recession after he was once a billionaire. Still, having that kind of money is nothing to sneeze at!
9. Albert II, Prince Of Monaco ($1 Billion)
While Monaco is a tiny country, it is the wealthiest in the world per capita. The good prince owns almost 20 percent of the country personally and it consists of roughly 40,000 people. After Prince Renier passed away in 2005, Albert II took over the title and has become the topic of many controversial discussions regarding his line of succession. Thanks to his penchant for having children out of wedlock, Albert II has been quite the talk of the world.
8. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Former Emir Of Qatar ($2.4 Billion)
In 1995, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became the Prime Minister and Emir of Qatar. He was Prime Minister for only a year and a coup d’etat claimed his power in June 2013. As a result, he didn’t die, but still retains power in helping Qatar become one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Thanks to the natural gas market in the country, he and his country have become quite wealthy. Before leaving power, he was able to convince FIFA to host the World Cup there in 2022.
7. Mohammed VI, King Of Morocco ($2.5 Billion)
Mohammed VI is one of the most notable bankers in all of Europe and he along with his family are in charge of nearly every profitable company in the country. After his father died in 1999, he assumed the role of king. He has faced some controversy for pardoning almost 50 people accused of rough crimes, but aside from that he has had an easy rule.
As a bonus to his people, he commemorates his late father’s birthday by having a work holiday for his subjects.
6. Hans Adam II, Prince Of Liechtenstein ($3.5 Billion)
Hans Adam II assumed the role of Prince after his parents died in 1989. The country is rather small, but very wealthy and as prince, he was put in charge of the LGT banking group. He earned four billion from that, but he inherited a great deal of money as well.
He has given up most of his power to his son to ensure a smooth succession process.
5. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir Sheikh Of Dubai ($4.5 Billion)
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of Dubai. He helped build the United Arab Emirates into what it is now and launched the plans and creation of the Burj Khalifa, which happens to be the tallest structure in the world.
4. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi ($15 Billion)
As a royal, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is President of the UAE, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and is in charge of Union Defence Force. His family’s entire net worth is near $150 billion, but only ten percent of that accounts for his wealth.
The Burj Khalifa was named after him in honor of all of his contributions to his country. Despite donating a half billion to charity, he is known for being a rather uncharismatic person.
3. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King Of Saudi Arabia ($18 Billion)
Before his death in January 2015, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud was a wealthy man with strong economic ties to the United States. He was considered a very generous man and donated $500 million to hungry people and worked to pay off the loans of over 3,000 of his deceased countrymen.
2. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan Of Brunei ($20 Billion)
Hassanal Bolkiah became the Sultan of Brunei after his father’s abdication in the late sixties. He works in the banking sector which helped him earn the title of the world’s richest person in 1997.
Hassanal’s main controversy involves having twelve children by three different women. There is no question that his descendants will be filthy rich for years to come.
1. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Of Thailand ($30 Billion)
At the age of only 19, Bhumibol Adulyadej became the king of Thailand and is currently the longest reigning head of state. He has spent a lot of his own money investing in real estate in Thailand as well as the rest of the world and also owns banks and hotels.
If he would never have been king due to his brother getting shot, he would’ve still been wealthy, but it’s because of his position that he is the wealthiest royal on the planet.