Success is not measured in wealth, but to many, billionaires have always been inspirational people. After all, they are rich and famous enough to be able to afford almost everything they could ever need. When talking about fortune and fame, many individuals automatically think of royal figures.
Now, there is no doubt that members of royal families across the globe are some of the most powerful people in the world. They have the authority and affluence that make them inspirations for both their power and wealth. They are also admired for their noble lineage and family history.
If royalties have served as inspirational figures for you, then you are in the right place. This list ranks some of the wealthiest leaders of royal families around the world. Check them out below.
10. Monaco’s Prince Albert II
Net Worth: $1 billion
Monaco is led by Prince Albert II of the Grimaldi royal family. He is the son of Prince Rainier and former actress Grace Kelly. With around a billion to his name, Prince Albert II definitely lives up to the reputation of the French protectorate with 32% of its population being millionaires.
This small city-state is known by many for the luxurious life it offers, which has been exemplified in the film Grace of Monaco. In fact, this place is known for being a destination for billionaires, especially with the stylish and prestigious events that are often held in the country.
9. Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Net Worth: $1.2 billion
Qatar’s emir has been leading the country in strengthening its relationship with the international community, starting with his visit to Iran and meeting with its president. He also took steps to tackle various global issues such as climate change and terrorism.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been ruling Qatar since 2013. He is an advocate of strengthening international relationships. To this end, he announced that the State of Qatar will contribute $100 million to support developing island states and less developed states.
8. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI
Net Worth: $2.1 billion
The 23rd King od the Alaouite Dynasty, King Mohammed VI started his reign in Morocco way back in 1999. He was enthroned after the death of his father, former king Hassan II. This year, he is in this 21st year of ruling the country.
Many consider his leadership style as “corporatist authoritarianism,” which is seen as one of the reasons that he was able to maintain control of the throne for decades. As king, he is also seen as a figure representing the country’s unity and considered the protector of the territory.
7. Liechtenstein’s Prince Hans-Adam II
Net Worth: $3.5 billion
Prince Hans-Adam has been acting as the ruler of the state since 1984 when his father appointed him to be the then leader’s permanent representative to prepare him for the throne. With his father’s entrustment, Prince Hans-Adam became responsible for the state’s business.
Upon his father’s death in 1989, he took up the regency, making him the leader of the state. His eldest son became the Hereditary Prince, which means that he is next in line for the throne. In 2004, Hereditary Prince Alois became the permanent representative of Prince Hans-Adam.
6. Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri
Net Worth: $4 billion
When former Grand Duke Jean abdicated the leadership back in 2000, Grand Duke Henri stepped up to take the position. The Grand Ducal family does not use last names, but they usually use “de Nassau” in the event that they needed to provide a surname.
Fun fact: Grand Duke Henri is related to Queen Elizabeth II. In fact, the British royal family is related to many of the royal figures in Europe. In this case, the two royal families are related through Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau, who married into the Ducal family.
5. Dubai, UAE’s Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Net Worth: $4 billion
Dubai’s emir is noted for his role in making Dubai the global financial hub it is today. He has seen the emirates liberated from the hold of the British rule back in 1971. He was only 22 years old at the time when sovereignty was restored to Dubai.
Today, he is one of the most powerful individuals in the emirates and is the most powerful in Dubai. With British education, the emir came to hold high positions in the government early on. He was made head of Dubai’s police in 1968 and the minister of defense in 1991.
4. Abu Dhabi, UAE’s Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Net Worth: $15 billion
Ascending the throne in 2004, the emir is known for following his father’s footsteps when it comes to leadership. He replaced his father, former emir Sheikh Sultan Al Nahyan. Both leaders practiced patience and prudence when it comes to all things including ruling.
Under his leadership, Abu Dhabi saw the restructuring of the federal government and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s government. He also ordered the creation of new ministries, which were focused on business modernization, community development, and political reform.
3. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Net Worth: $18 billion
One of the leaders who only recently assumed the throne, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Sau has only been king for a little more than 5 years. He replaced his half-brother, the former King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in 2015 after his death.
King Salman is known for being one of the Sudairi Seven, which are the sons of former King Abdulaziz. The Sudairi Seven share the same mother. They hold the most power in the House of Saud. King Salman is known for being a disciplinarian and has a jail for royal family members.
2. Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Net Worth: $20 billion
Known as one of the most lavish among this list, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has garnered criticism for his extremely luxurious lifestyle. In fact, he was under fire for having 500 Rolls-Royces and $20,000 haircuts. His palace also has a whopping 1,788 rooms.
One of the controversies he has been embroiled in is his strict enforcement of the Sharia. He ordered the death of homosexuals through stoning. After receiving criticisms for this decision, the government retracted the rule, but reportedly, it still remains in the country’s laws.
1. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Net Worth: $30 billion
King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne in 2019 after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016. Very little is known about the king, but it is well-known that he studied in Australia and Britain. He is also a pilot and is a cycling enthusiast.
The lack of info about the leader is in part due to Thailand’s laws that forbid any negative news about the royal family. In fact, embarrassing news and insults toward the royals are prohibited in the country. Moreover, the Thai royal family is known for being private and secretive
So there you have it. The royal figures are deemed as the wealthiest among the powerful and affluent. In fact, these leaders have the highest net worths even compared to other royal family members across the globe.
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