With fortunes reaching tens, hundreds and even billions of dollars, the wealth of the 10 richest royal families in the world, make the gross domestic product (GDP) of rich countries such as Israel, Colombia, Chile and even Mexico, they look mediocre in comparison.
Many of the people on this list are some of the world’s best-known royalty members. But their fame is naturally replaced by their fortunes.
Individually, some of these royals are billionaires also included in the Forbes List of the World’s Richest People 2020.
Starting from the 10th wealthiest ruling family to the wealthiest on the planet, here we reveal the world’s wealthiest royal families:
10. Royal family of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Net worth: $ 4.4 billion (€ 4 billion)
One of the only two European royal families on our list, the Liechtenstein dynasty is ranked number ten on our list of the richest royal families in the world, with an estimated net worth of $ 4.4 billion.
Most of the family fortune falls to Prince John Adam II of Liechtenstein, the reigning monarch.
John Adam II is the latest in a long line of monarchs who have ruled over the small Alpine principality since its creation as a sovereign state in 1806.
The prince, who pays no taxes, derives much of his wealth from the LTG Group, the family’s private bank, which he controls through a foundation.
In addition to the bank, the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation presides over a portfolio of high-value properties, thriving companies, and other lucrative investments, not to mention a world-class art collection featuring masterpieces by Raphael, Rembrandt, and Van Dyck.
9. Dubai Royal Family, United Arab Emirates
Net worth: $ 19 billion (€ 17.2 billion)
The Maktoum House, the Dubai dynasty, has ruled the emirate for almost 200 years.
With 12 main members and dozens of members of the extended family, the wealth of this royal family is always increasing. Together, their wealth has been estimated at around $ 19 billion.
The wealthiest member of the family, by far, is the head of the dynasty and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktum.
Sheikh Mohamed, who has ruled the emirate since 2006, is also serving as Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has an estimated fortune of $ 18 billion (€ 1 billion).
Rashid Al Maktoum controls the investment bank Dubai Holdings and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which invests in startups. The sheikh is known for his generosity, he has donated billions to charities.
In 2010, he spearheaded the launch of “UAE Vision 2021”, with the goal of making the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021.
In 1979, he spent a record $ 100 million (€ 91 million) on his first wedding.
The sheik also owns luxury properties in Europe, as well as one of the largest yachts in the world, called: “Dubai”.
8. Moroccan royal family
Net worth: $ 20 billion (€ 18.2 billion)
The ruling family of Morocco belongs to the Alawite dynasty, which was founded in 1631 but originated in the 13th century. The main family is made up of 19 members led by King Mohammed VI, who ascended the throne in 1999.
Forbes magazine has estimated the combined wealth of the Moroccan royal family at more than $ 5 billion (€ 4.5 billion), but other knowledgeable sources put it close to $ 20 billion.
In addition to possessing billions of dollars in assets, the Moroccan royal family receives a list of the world’s most generous civilian benefits.
Experts suggest that up to $ 200 million a year of taxpayers’ money is allocated to the Royal Court, which alone spends several million dollars on personnel, and almost $ 1 million a year on electricity and water bills for the royal palaces of Rabat. and elsewhere.
7. Brunei royal family
Net worth: $ 30 billion (€ 27.3 billion)
Brunei’s royal dynasty, the House of Bolkiah, was formed in 1363 and has since ruled the country of Southeast Asia.
It is led by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who has been in power for the past 51 years.
With approximately 415,000 citizens and the size of the state of Delaware, this country is ranked as the fifth richest in the world. Brunei’s royal family has become obscenely rich thanks to Brunei’s vast oil reserves.
Knowledgeable sources put the sultan’s personal fortune at $ 20 billion (€ 18.2 billion), while his son Prince Haji Abdul Azim is believed to have a personal fortune close to $ 5 billion (€ 4.5 billion).
Famous extravagant, the sultan resides in the Istana Nurul Iman palace , which cost $ 1.4 billion (€ 1.27 billion) to build and has 1,788 rooms, 257 baths, 5 pools, a mosque, a banquet hall for 5,000 people and one of its garages can accommodate up to 110 cars.
He owns 7,000 supercars , including 600 Rolls-Royces and 300 Ferraris, and several private jets, and once spent $ 21,000 on a haircut.
The sultan’s brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah, is one of the most rebellious in the family. He has a separate pleasure palace and owned a 152-foot yacht where he hosted huge parties.
According to Fortune magazine, some of the possessions of the Brunei royal family include:
- More than 17 aircraft, including a custom Boeing 747 and Airbus 340-200.
- 9,000 cars, including custom Mercedes fire trucks.
- A private zoo.
- 150 households in 12 different countries.
- A 12 foot tall rocking horse.
- Four life-size statues of Prince Jefri being intimate with one of his fiancees.
- 10 luxury watches that cost a total of $ 8 million.
- Hundreds of thousands of custom Versace and Armani suits.
- A golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
- And much more…
“With their money, they could have cured many diseases,” said an adviser to Prince Jefri in an interview. “But they have little interest in the rest of humanity.”
6. Royal family of Thailand
Net worth: $ 60 billion (€ 55 billion)
The Thai royal family is best known for its late king, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, who acquired a $ 30 billion fortune through the Crown Property Bureau.
When he died and King Maha Vajiralongkorn took over, he was assigned full control of those assets, in addition to his own personal fortune.
The Chakri dynasty, which has been the ruling royal house of Thailand for the past 236 years, continues to be treated with the greatest admiration in the country.
Based in Bangkok, a total of 22 people make up the Thai royal family, including unofficial members and former spouses. The main members of the Thai royal family are only 10.
The assets, which can be used at the “will of the King,” include a wealth of valuable real estate in central Bangkok, large stakes in several major Thai companies, and shares in the Kempinski luxury hotel group.
The king’s portfolio of companies reportedly generates around $ 3 billion (€ 2.7 billion) in revenue annually.
5. The British Royal Family
Net worth: $ 88 billion (€ 80 billion)
With the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby, many eyes turned to the British royal home and the wealth in which it was born.
While $ 88 billion may seem like a huge number, it turns out that a large chunk represents the amount the family adds to tourism, business, and other sectors.
That’s according to data from commercial consultancy Brand Finance, which calculated the estimate.
The newest addition to the royal family, Meghan Markle is estimated to have a net worth of $ 5 million, and she reportedly earned $ 50,000 for each episode of the television series, Suits, before she became royalty.
Meanwhile, Harry, who served in the Royal Air Force for 10 years, earned around $ 53,000 a year, though his $ 13 million inheritance from his late mother constitutes a significant proportion of his net worth.
But Queen Elizabeth’s fortune is the largest of all members of the royal family. The Forbes magazine estimated their net worth as $ 500 million.
A large part of the British royal family’s income comes from a trust called the Crown Estate, which gives the Queen 25% of all income from tourism, as well as a portion of citizens’ taxes. Also through real estate such as Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House in Norfolk, England.
The royal family is not responsible for any tax on their inheritances or income, so their wealth is earned in full each year. However, there are some oddities with the British royal family.
Although they are one of the richest royal families in the world, they choose to fly commercials when they can to save some money and reduce palace costs, but with so many local events, they fly in their private helicopter.
They also choose to be energy efficient by reducing energy costs whenever they can. They keep their clothes and reuse classic pieces, furnish many rooms with Ikea furniture.
The Palace family chef revealed that the family is somewhat obsessed with Tupperware and that they are strong advocates of not wasting a single item of food.
4. Abu Dhabi Royal Family
Net worth: $ 150 billion (€ 137 billion)
The House of Nahyan, which is descended from the same tribe of Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum dynasty, has ruled Abu Dhabi since 1793 and consists of 200 male members (the number of female members of the family is huge but unknown).
Like the other royal families in the Middle East, most of their wealth comes from their natural oil reserves, but specifically, from the oil boom in the 1970s when he was illegally diverting oil profits, although not it wasn’t considered wrong.
The head of the royal family, His Majesty Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, has been the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates since 2004 and chairs the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages $ 875 billion (€ 796 thousand million) in assets, including the tallest skyscraper in the world: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The sheik’s wife, Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, had her own personal stylist, Mauge Clayton, whom she flies where she needs. According to Clayton:
“Once when we were in Cyprus, where she has a charity, she gave me an envelope and said, ‘Buy your little girl what you want.’ In it were $ 3,000 dollars. This happens quite frequently. Anything you want, ask me, ‘the Sheikh told me.’ ”
3. Royal family of Qatar
Net worth: $ 335 billion (€ 305 billion)
Qatar’s royal family, called the House of Thani, has ruled for the past 200 years, continually breaking historical records of world wealth.
The current ruler, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who at 37 is the world’s youngest sovereign, was named emir in 2013. The Qatari royal family is said to have between 7,000 and 8,000 members.
They are best known for their asset holdings in the UK, including the Olympic Village, Harrods department store and the Shard skyscraper.
They also have large stakes in businesses like Volkswagen, Barclays, and Tiffany & Co., as well as in the Empire State Building in New York, to name a few.
Al Thani, who clashed with his Gulf rivals after paying al-Qaeda a billion-dollar ransom for the release of his family members kidnapped in Iraq, controls the legendary Qatari Sovereign Fund with assets valued at $ 335 billion.
Recently, the Thani House offered for sale his private plane with the price of $ 26 million. The aircraft, which was originally manufactured to carry around 467 passengers, was customized by the royal family to accommodate just 76 passengers and 18 crew members.
With a natural gas reserve of around 34 trillion cubic meters, the third largest in the world, and the 25 billion barrels of oil remaining on its land, Qatar is set to continue generating large amounts of profits and passive income from these sources. But if this fails, they will still be able to draw on their huge savings.
2. Kuwaiti royal family
Net worth: $ 360 billion (€ 327.7 billion)
The Kuwaiti royal family, called the Al-Sabah family, is currently considered to be the second richest royal family in the world.
Although smaller than the Qatari royal family with around 1,000 members, it is the second richest because of its American stakes and shares that have been strategically purchased since the 1980s by the world’s best financiers.
In fact, some experts believe that the fortune of the Kuwaiti royal family may have quadrupled since the early 1990s, and even this estimate may be conservative: The family is reported to have massive stakes in most major “Blue Chip” companies from the United States.
The Al-Sabah dynasty has ruled the country of the Middle East since 1752. His Majesty, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Yaber Al-Sabah, is the current Emir of Kuwait and is at the helm of the royal family.
The Royal Lady of Kuwait is often highly admired for the lavish parties she throws, but be warned: they’re not ordinary parties at all.
1. Royal family of Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $ 1.7 trillion
The House of Saud, the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, has been ruling its kingdom for more than 200 years.
The protector of the House of Saud, his majesty, King Salmán bin Abdulaziz, has been on the throne since 2015. The power of the country and much of its wealth rests with the monarch and his relatives.
With a land rich in petroleum, natural resources (gold, petroleum, petroleum, iron ore, copper) and history, the Saudi royal family is richer than any other kingdom, its knowledge of business and investments constantly keep them on top from all lists.
It is estimated to be by far the richest royal family in the world, with a staggering net worth of $ 1.7 trillion.
This unimaginable wealth extends among the approximately 15,000 members of the vast family.
King Salman alone has 13 children and many of his family members have their own numerous families. This is why the family is so large: when everyone gets married, 13 become 26; and when they start having children, 26 become 52; then at 78, and so on!
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman own their own private double-decker jet that cost him $ 300 million.
This Airbus was originally created to carry around 853 passengers, but the Saudi Prince spent another $ 150 million to customize and equip the private plane to the highest standards.
Now it can only accommodate 100 people on board and has a “magic carpet” on the lower deck, which is simply a transparent floor that allows beautiful views of the outside landscape.
The King of Saudi Arabia also owns a 139-foot long yacht with guest cabins, 37 crew cabins, a fully equipped hospital, office, lounge, gym, cinema, library, business center, beauty salon, and spa.
With 8 decks up, with an indoor and outdoor pool / Jacuzzi, it looks more like a small cruise ship than a luxury yacht.
Prince Alwaleed is the wealthiest ‘individual’ member of the family with an estimated net worth of $ 18.7 billion (€ 17 billion).
Al Waleed owns a palace called Kingdom Oasis that has 43,055,641 square feet of living space. The White Houses, the residence of the President of the United States, fits approximately 783 times in the east palace.
Also, Prince Salman, one of the family’s wasters, is known to live in excess. On an airplane trip, it was reported that he carried 506 tons of luggage only, which included 2 Mercedes limousines and 2 electric elevators.
He also owns a large mansion in the state of Virginia with 8 rooms, worth around $ 12 million. He bought it when he was a student at Georgetown University.
His private jet, which is a luxurious Boeing 767, costs him (and his family) $ 30,000 an hour to travel, and that is before he pays the pilot and aircraft personnel!