The Queen of Britain – in the first place.
In the first place was, of course, the Queen of England.
Traditional counting state of the British Queen does not take into account those unique objects that are perceived as public property, and gives a modest amount of several hundred million dollars.
Meanwhile, considering the cost of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the palaces of St James and Holyrood, Windsor castle and other real estate owned by the Royal family and the Royal art collection of the British monarch occupies the first place in the list of the richest colleagues.
The Emir of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan
The Sheikh of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE is also rich thanks to oil produced in his country. This is not surprising: 80% of the oil reserves of the United Arab Emirates are concentrated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, the Caliph gets a good income from investing own funds in various sectors of the world economy.
The Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
The Emir of Dubai is currently also holds the post of Prime Minister of the UAE and in the same way as the Saudi king, known for his horses, his stable is one of the largest and most expensive in the world. And of course, a considerable portion of his wealth consists of oil stocks, which can boast the Emirate of Dubai, and income from investments in various sectors of the global economy.
The Sultan Of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah
The most famous treasure of Brunei Sultan (besides the oil produced in his country) – a collection of cars, which has 3,000 to 6,000 vehicles, many of which were made very limited quantities or even in single copy. And the famous Sultan’s Palace Istana Nurul Iman (Palace of light) area of over 200,000 sq. m with 1788 apartments and 257 bathrooms.
Queen Beatrix Of The Netherlands
Traditionally as the Queen of the Netherlands is estimated at $300 million – but this is excluding the Royal share of the company’s shares of Royal Dutch Shell (it is about 25%), and the value of the Royal collections of works of art and jewelry. With all these riches total state Beatrix is the sum 30 times greater and allows her to enter the top ten richest monarchs in the world.
The Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah
The annual “scholarship” Sheikh Sabah, emerging from its share of revenue from oil sales of $188 million, and these payments are the basis of the status of the Kuwaiti monarch.
However, the Emir is well aware that oil resources are finite, and therefore now tries to prepare his country for life in a post-oil era, initiating economic reforms, the basis of which formed the simplification of rules of land privatization and facilitating conditions for attracting foreign investment.
Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin said Albusaidi
Creator of the Sultanate of Oman, which arose after the unification of the Sultanate of Muscat and the Imamate of Oman – the owner of yet another “oil” state. In addition, a considerable share of the wealth Qaboos is built in 1972, the Royal Palace of Qasr al-Alam, overlooking the main Harbor of Muscat, and several yachts (including the 155-meter high “al-said”, named after the owner), consolidated into a battalion of the Royal yacht Navy of Oman.
King of Bahrain Hamad Ibn ISA al Khalifa
Another passionate lover of Arabian horses in the ranking of the richest monarchs. Hamad created in 1977 stable Amiri year later was included in the list of the world organization of Arabian horses and today is one of the largest and most expensive in the world.
The basis of the status of the king of Bahrain – oil, like its other middle Eastern colleagues, as well as income from international investment, which deals with a special Royal Fund.
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
The main source of wealth of the current ruler of a small Alpine state – family Bank LGT. In addition to financial income, the calculation of state Hans-Adam took into account several palaces of XVII century in Vienna, collected the princely family for 400 years, a unique collection of works of art, as well as over 20,000 hectares of land.
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri
Unlike middle Eastern monarchs, who have created their wealth in oil, their European counterparts can boast of an equally lucrative source of savings.
Here and Luxembourg Duke Henri, the nephew of the reigning king of Belgium albert II, manages a state, which consists of Bank deposits, gold stocks and real estate and shares of various industrial companies. It is noteworthy that the proportion of their income spent on Henri protect wildlife, especially the unique Galapagos Islands.
Prince of Monaco albert II
Collected the princely family art collection – the basis of the status of the reigning Prince of Monaco. In addition, he owns an expensive collection of antique cars and a collection of stamps and receives substantial income from the operation of the casino in Monte Carlo.
The Imam of the Ismaili nizari Aga Khan IV
Imam Aga Khan the head of a large community of Ismailis-nizari (an offshoot of the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam), living in India, Oman, Syria, Tajikistan, and on Zanzibar.
Despite the fact that the nizari do not have their own state, their current head equated to the monarch: since 1957, he wears the title of “His Highness”, bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II. Aga Khan IV – the owner of the herd of purebred Arabian horses, numbering 900 goals, which, coupled with a share in one of the British Connaughton homes provides him with an annual income of $300 million.
To this must be added the income from the management of several hotels and airlines, as well as investments in tourist business in Sardinia (namely the efforts of the Aga Khan’s Emerald coast Islands from 1960-ies became a fashionable recreation area) and stocks of major industrial companies.