The wealthiest regal houses
Boasting fortunes running into the tens, hundreds and even thousands of billions, the richest royal families in the world make the likes of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos look decidedly hard up.
Click ahead as we reveal the regal houses with the highest net worths, counting down from the 10th wealthiest to the most moneyed ruling family on the planet,
Not rich enough to make it into the top 10, the British royal family has an estimated combined net worth of $900 million, while Monaco’s Grimaldis and the family of the Aga Khan are thought to be worth $1 billion apiece.
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Bahrain’s royal family:
Along with his family, the king is reported to have a fortune of some $4 billion, but could actually be worth a lot more. According to the Financial Times, the dynasty’s assets include a UK property empire valued at $900 million, which is controlled via Premier Group, the Al Khalifas’ private investment firm.
Liechtenstein’s royal family:
In addition to the bank, the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation presides over a portfolio of high-value property, thriving companies and other lucrative investments, not to mention a world-class collection of art featuring masterpieces by Raphael, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
Dubai’s royal family:
Rashid Al Maktoum controls investment vehicle Dubai Holdings and is known for his largess, spending a world-record $100 million on his first wedding in 1979, and donating billions to charity. The sheikh also owns luxury properties in Europe, as well as one of the world’s largest yachts.
Morocco’s royal family:
Forbes has estimated the family’s combined wealth at up to $5 billion, but other sources put it closer to $20 billion. On top of owning billions of dollars-worth of assets, the Moroccan royal family receives one of the world’s most generous civil lists.
Brunei’s royal family:
Brunei’s royal dynasty, the House of Bolkiah, was formed in 1363 and has ruled the southeast Asian country on and off ever since. It is headed by Sultan Hassana Bolkiah, who has been in power for the past 51 years.
Thailand’s royal family:
The Chakri dynasty has been Thailand’s ruling royal house for the past 236 years and continues to be treated with the utmost reverence in the country. The current King Mahavjiralongkorn accepted the throne in 2016 upon the death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Abu Dhabi’s royal family:
The House of Nahyan descends from the same tribe as Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum dynasty, and has been the reigning royal family of Abu Dhabi since 1793. The clan counts 200 male members – the number of females in the family is unknown.
Qatar’s royal family
The House of Thani has been in charge in Qatar since the mid-19th century and the current ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha mad Al Thani, who at 37 is the youngest sovereign in the world, was appointed emir in 2013. The family is said to number in the thousands, possibly around 7,000 or 8,000.