What is it like to spend a day in the Queen’s shoes? That is a question many of us have asked ourselves. For years, most of us have sparked some curiosity about the privileged lives of royalty.
Whether they have enormous mansions or an endless travel fund, we often wonder what it would be like to step into their shoes. Here is a compiled list of the world’s richest royals.
What is it like to spend a day in the Queen's shoes? That is a question many of us have asked ourselves. For years, most of us have sparked some curiosity about the privileged lives of royalty.
Whether they have enormous mansions or an endless travel fund, we often wonder what it would be like to step into their shoes. Here is a compiled list of the world’s richest royals.
Ghana Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $19 million
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the 5th richest king in the continent of Africa. He went to graduate school in the United Kingdom, and he went on to work in private and public organizations in other countries such as Canada.
In 1989, he decided to return to Ghana to lead a 12 million dollar company that provided mining services in Africa. Because of his upbringing, he excelled in the mining company, and his personal net worth alone (not including the family’s wealth) is a whopping $10 million.
Dutch Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $200 million
The Dutch Royal Family looks like the picture-perfect family bred in the labs where they probably made the Kinder chocolate kids. With a net worth of $300 million, you’d imagine that they live pretty comfortably.
They are also one of the most expensive families in the world, and here’s why: The family has invested in the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, and their personal fortune is approximately $200 million. Their extravagant lifestyle in their Amsterdam royal palace is the dream life, but it does come at a cost.
Even though the family’s reported yearly budget is $60 million, they tend to go far beyond that.
This is due to them owning three entire royal palaces: one in Amsterdam, one called the Noordeinde Palace, and one called Huis ten Bosch. So, it goes without saying that their expenses can get pretty massive.
Monaco Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $1 billion
The Monaco Royal Family, who you might recognize as the House of Grimaldi, has been very fortunate financially. However, finances might be the only thing they have much luck in.
Prince Albert gets a lot of his fortune by owning real estate in both France and Monaco. Additionally, he is the vice president of the Princess Grace Foundation, an American charity that supports emerging names in the arts.
Despite all the great things this royal family does, they seem to have a familial curse following them. According to the tale, Prince Rainier of the 13th century kidnapped and a young woman.
So, when the woman was released, she pledged to get revenge on the family forever. She became a witch and put a curse on the family for future generations. And it seems that the curse has held true. To this day, members of the Grimaldi family have not had many successes in their romantic partners.
Bahrain Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $4 billion
The Royal Family of Bahrain, who is also known as the House of Khalifa, has ruled since the year 1766. The family is very popular and personable, as King Hamad bin Isa is close friends with people like Queen Elizabeth and Kim Kardashian.
The House of Khalifa gets a lot of their fortune from a massive oil reserve that they discovered back in 1932. Even though the king himself has a net worth of $4 billion, people speculate that the amount is much higher due to the family's investments.
Clearly, the House of Khalifa is a very wealthy family. It makes you wonder — what do they do with all of that money? Well, they invest some of their earnings into extravagant yachts. One of them is even the largest in the world!
The King’s personal yacht was custom built in Italy in 1991. The other yacht was given as a gift. Since they have so much money, some people speculate that some of their wealth was even stolen!
Liechtenstein Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $12 billion
Prince Hans-Adam II is perhaps one of the most honored and worshiped royals in the world. He lives in a beautiful castle looking out to the Alpine mountains, and his 38,000 citizens only ever formally address him as “Your Serene Highness.”
This makes you wonder — how does someone become that wealthy and privileged? Well, the easy answer is that he owns various art museums, but he also gets money from his family bank, and he doesn’t even have to pay taxes!
Hans-Adam has developed a liking for renaissance art throughout his lifetime. So, when he found out that tons of beautiful pieces were in storage after World War II, he wanted to bring them out to showcase to the world.
Thus, he created art museums to do so. Hans-Adam II said in an interview in 2004 that his family has traditionally been showing its art to the public. “World War II forced my father to put it into storage. It is a great pleasure for me — and for the whole family — to show it again.”
Dubai Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $19 billion
Dubai’s Royal family, otherwise known as the House of Maktoum, has ruled Dubai for just under 200 years. With 12 members of the family bringing in money, the family’s wealth is consistently rising.
Currently, it has stayed static at $19 billion, but it has a strong likelihood of increasing. The richest family member is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the Arab Emirates.
Having all that money makes you wonder where it came from. His wealth partly comes from his majority share in Dubai Holding and his assets with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where he invests in new companies and businesses.
With his money, he is known for donating it to different charities. In his studies, he created a vision for a better society which is a goal he still is actively working towards.
Moroccan Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $20 billion
The Morrocan Royal family, who is headed by King Mohammed VI, has made some interesting leaps in Morocco’s history. The King outwardly broke some dated traditions by the way he handled his marriage with Princess Lalla Salma.
After giving her a title and acknowledging her publicly after the wedding, the public perceived his modern ideals in different ways. But, criticism faded away due to Princess Lalla Salma’s efforts in creating a charity. She is even a Goodwill Ambassador for the WHO. Unfortunately, she and the king are now divorced.
After becoming the king, he has been known for actively looking for new and improved ways to enhance the country of Morocco. He has implemented different approaches to improve issues on women’s rights, poverty levels, and the failing job market.
He is also known for spending a large amount of money while pursuing those goals. For example, last year he spent $4.6 million per month on employee wages, $124,000 on car repairs, and $86,000 on animal care — that is a lot of money!
Brunei Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $30 billion
The country of Brunei isn’t commonly known by many, but the Brunei Royal Family is incredibly well-known. Brunei is known for its national alcohol ban and lack of nightlife, so it is fair to say it is not exactly a dream destination.
Still, the country is ranked fifth in the world in terms of wealth. Out of the family, Prince Jefri is amongst the most unruly. He lives an extravagant lifestyle with numerous palaces and yachts.
According to Fortune Magazine, the family has many different possessions that it's almost hard to believe. Some include 9,000 cars, 150 houses, 17 airplanes, and 10 luxury watches.
If you thought that was a lot, you might want to sit down for this — they also have a private zoo, life-size statues, golf courses, and hundreds of custom luxury suits — and that’s only to name a few! “They could have cured diseases with their money,” an adviser told Jefri in an interview. “But they have little interest in the rest of humanity.”
Thai Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $60 billion
The Thai Royal family is most famously known King Bhumibol Adulyadej, their late king who acquired a fortune of $30 billion in the Crown Property Bureau.
When he died and the new king took over, those fortunes were passed down and added to the new king’s personal earnings. Many speculate where the money has come from, and even the family has admitted that the origins of their money are quite mysterious.
The 1948 legislation rule gives the family a lot of power, as it states, “all revenue may be disbursed only by the king.” This was done to monetarily control the monarchy’s power, and around $170 million covers the funding of the palace’s employees.
Just like many other royal families, many people wonder where their money comes from. But, the family has improved their image since then, masking the mystery of their money.
British Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $88 billion
The overall wealth of the beloved and well-known British Royal Family is calculated by the individual family member’s earnings. For example, Queen Elizabeth’s fortune is around $530 million and Meghan Markle’s is at $5 million.
Also, the calculation includes possessions such as art collections, prized jewels, estates, and personal items like clothing, jewelry, and family heirlooms. Another part of their wealth comes from a trust called the Crown Estate which gives the Queen 25 percent of all the revenue gained from tourism, as well as a portion from citizen taxes.
Even though this family is one of the richest in the world, they still choose to save whenever possible. For example, they fly commercial, reduce their palace costs, and they are very energy efficient.
They choose to re-wear designer pieces, they furnish their home with Ikea furniture, and they eat leftovers, which they store in Tupperware containers just like everyone else.
Abu Dhabi Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $150 billion
Abu Dhabi has been ruled by the House of Nahyan since 1793. The family consists of 200 male family members, and the number of female family members is unknown. Most of their money comes from oil reserves that originated in the oil boom that happened in the 1970s.
The Sheikh’s wife had her own personal hairstylist that she would fly to wherever she needed her to be — fancy, right? She claimed, “Once when we were in Cyprus, where she has a charity, she gave me an envelope and told me to treat my little girl. There was $3000 (£1900) in there and that happened fairly often. Anything you wanted, you just asked.” Talk about privilege!
Life for The Sheikh’s wife was an absolute dream. "She had her own beauty salon right by her bedroom. It was huge and all the make-up was Chanel. She is a beautiful woman – drop-dead gorgeous with a wonderful figure and very elegant," said the hairstylist.
"I would ask her what she had on that day and would style her hair accordingly." The hairstylist soon became her overall stylist and helped her pick out outfits and jewelry. "There were diamonds and rubies and strings and strings of Chanel pearls. She also had hundreds of handbags – lots of Chanel and Hermes." She also revealed that they travel lavishly, and they have tons of private jets.
Qatari Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $335 billion
Qatar’s Royal family, otherwise known as the House of Thani, has ruled for the last 200 years. The current ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is actually the youngest sovereign in the world.
The family holds many assets in the United Kingdom such as the Olympic village, Harrods department store, and the Shard skyscraper. Additionally, they have large investments in companies like Volkswagen and Tiffany & Co.
Currently, Qatar is home to the third-largest oil reserve coming in at around 34 trillion cubic meters with 25 billion barrels of oil left in the ground. Those numbers are almost too big to wrap your head around.
This will undoubtedly lead to increased revenue for Qatar and, inevitably, the Qatar Royal Family. But, if it happens to fail, they will have enough money to fall back on due to their massive amount of savings.
Kuwaiti Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $360 billion
Kuwait’s Royal family, also called the Al-Sabah family, currently comes in as the second richest Royal family in the world. Even though it is smaller than the Qatar family, the Kuwait family has more wealth from their stocks and shares.
Since the 1990s, these stocks and shares have quadrupled. This makes them the largest stakeholders in most of the major blue-chip companies in the U.S.
The Lady of Kuwait is highly honored and admired at the lush parties she hosts. “Don’t forget she is working when she is having these parties,” says Jacquelyn Fain Duberstein, the wife of Kenneth Duberstein who served as Ronald Reagans Chief of Staff. “She is making sure her guests are friends of Kuwait. She is very good at that.”
According to her, the number of parties they have is not important. The important thing is the information they learn from Washington to report back to their homeland while representing their interests to America. She is a successful businesswoman and ambassador for the small, yet powerful country of Kuwait.
Saudi Royal Family
Estimated net worth: 1.7 trillion
The family that rules Saudi Arabia, otherwise known as The House of Saud, have been ruling their kingdom for over 200 years. With a land rich in oil and natural resources, the family was already set up to be quite a bit wealthier than any other kingdom. But, what sets them apart is their business and investments.
The royal family is substantially larger than European royals such as the British or the Dutch. King Salman, for example, has no less than 13 children and other members of his family have a similar number of kids. Exponential growth is the key to those numbers.
The Saudi Arabian prince owns many expensive possessions, but perhaps one of the most lavish ones is his double-decker private jet that started at the price of $300 million!
The flooring on the bottom level is completely transparent, so passengers can look down at the views below. The Saudi Arabian king owns a lavish yacht which includes a gym, pool, cinema, spa, and more - sounds like more of a cruise ship than a yacht!
Prince Al Waleed's palace is called the Kingdom Oasis. It stretches over a 43,055,642.67 square feet land. Just for comparison's sake, let us tell you that the White House can fit in this palace 783 times! And as if that wasn't enough, the man also has a 5,381,955 square feet resort. It's called The Kingdom Resort and has three lakes, as well as gardens that would put the Amazon rainforest to shame.
His most publicized palace is called the Promotion Palace, which is his third-largest. The tenant of this palace are the prince and his two wives. The palace's grounds include a mosque, 3 swimming pools, gold-plated faucets, 4 kitchens for different types of food plus a fifth kitchen for desserts, and chefs who can accommodate the needs of up to 2,000 people within an hour.
The Instagram account of one of the other Saudi princes is bursting with pictures that scream "I'm richer than anyone you'll ever meet". Take the pictures of his golden cars for example. You can see them driving around Europe as he literally flies them with him when he goes abroad.
The estimated cost of plating each of his cars in gold is about around $5,000, and sending such a car overseas costs about $25,000 using Qatar Airways. One of the prince's Instagram videos shows him driving a Mercedez chasing a camel through the desert.
Houses that can gladly host thousands of guests and cars that cost more than we make in 1o years are apparently not enough of a status symbol for some of those royals. Another way for them to flaunt their riches is by keeping exotic animals. Cheetas are especially popular since they are said to be easier to maintain.
While Cheetas are indeed popular, some members of the royal family have branched out and started keeping other kinds of big cats, and even falcons and monkeys.
The House of Saud probably has some of the best investors in the world. It has successfully invested a lot of money in a lot of stocks over the years. Their largest investments include their Public Investment Fund, Prince Al Waleed’s personal funds, and SoftBank Vision.
They also have substantial investments in some of the largest companies in the world, such as Uber, WeWork, Twitter, Snapchat, Tesla, and more. WeWork, for example, has $4.4 billion invested in it by the House of Saud.
The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg
Estimated net worth: $4 billion
The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, also known as the House of Luxembourg, is led by the sovereign Grand Duke Henri. He was given this title from his father and other generations that came before him.
Henri studied in Luxembourg and France where he was trained to be a military officer. After this, he also studied political science at the University of Geneva. Sound like a man with a mind as sharp as his sword, so to speak.
Grand Duke Henri is primarily responsible for appointing the prime minister and government, dissolving the Chamber of Deputies, and promulgating laws. One of his main responsibilities is to coordinate foreign affairs. He lives with his family in Luxembourg at the Berg Castle, and he also has a holiday home.
Additionally, he is the commander-in-chief of the Luxembourg Army. We were wondering why would a fairly peaceful country with a population of a little over 600,000 people would even need an army but that's a topic for a completely different article so nevermind.
Belgian Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $14 million
The Belgian royal family, otherwise known as the Monarchy of Belgium, serves as the country's head of state. King Philippe was named the King of the Belgians in 2013, and he currently holds that role.
He married Countess Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz, and they have four children together. The eldest daughter, Princess Elisabeth, is the first in the line of succession.
We do not have a lot of records on King Philippe’s earnings, but we do know that he has funds in the Belgian Royal properties which can never be sold.
Additionally, the government honored Philippe by naming him honorary chairman of Belgium's Foreign Trade Board. However, after becoming the King, his sister, Princess Astrid, took over this role.
Spanish Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $20 million
The Spanish Royal Family, known as the Monarchy of Spain or, constitutionally, The Crown, is the highest office in Spain.
Currently, the members of the family include King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, and their two daughters: Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofía. The Monarchy of Spain acts as the government, as stated in their reestablished constitution (1978).
The citizens of Spain generally support the Monarchy of Spain after their constitution was reestablished. However, that shifted during their financial crisis in 2008.
Still, the King’s approval rating remained over 70% which is higher than many other political leaders in other countries. In fact, King Felipe VI is considered to be one of the most honored public figures in Spain.
Norwegian Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $30 million
The Royal House of Norway — or the House of Glücksburg if your local — is led by King Harald and Queen Sonja. The monarchy has dated back thousands of years, but the modern monarchy is relatively quite young.
The royal family tree is pretty convoluted. This is due to Norway and Denmark being merged underneath the same monarch many years ago. The merge changed in 1905 when Norway and Sweden separated from the monarch and created their own separate singular monarch.
The family accumulated their money partly by not having to pay taxes on their wealth. Keep in mind that while the family has a large net worth, they are also quite expensive.
They cost roughly $72 million a year due to their royal palace and personal expenses. They own many houses, including the royal palace, and they also own an extravagant yacht.
Danish Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $40 million
The Danish Royal Monarchy is one of the oldest monarchies in the world, as it has existed in over 1000 years. Since 1972, Queen Margrethe II has been the reigning leader of Denmark.
The family already receives a fund of $12.8 million for the Queen’s expenses which includes activities, household operations, and personal expenses.
Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Princess Mary, are other members of the Danish Royal Family. His full name is Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian and he is the son of Queen Margrethe.
He is in the line of succession for the throne. The couple married in May of 2004, which turned Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson into the Crown Princess.
Swedish Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $70 million
The Swedish Royal Family, otherwise known as the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte, has ruled Sweden since 1818. That's a long time to be passing down a crown.
Currently, the members of this family are responsible for performing official engagements and ceremonial duties. But, some members of the family are considered extended and, therefore, not considered to be royalty.
The king of the Swedish Royal Family is King Carl XVI Gustaf. Part of their wealth is given as a fund for official duties, and that amount is $7.6 million.
Other than that, they also received a fund of $7.4 million for palace administration for their royal household. The family’s wealth has been spent on their extravagant royal palace and their summer home in the Baltics.
Swaziland Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $100 million
The Swaziland Royal Family, better known as the House of Dlamini, rules Swaziland (AKA Eswatini) — a small country in Africa. King Mswati III serves as the current king of Eswatini after inheriting the crown from his father at the young age of only 18 years old.
His policies and lifestyle are known for being very controversial, as he practices polygamy and has 15 wives and many children. This led to many protests within the country as well as international criticism.
Since the family consists of many different wives and children, you can only imagine how much this depletes their budget. They have also been criticized for spending so much money when most of the country lives in poverty.
Many reports say that the family is selfish with their money and that "the royal family seems to live in its own world that is totally unaffected by the country's struggles.” So, it is easy to say that this family is not the most honored and idolized as the other families on this list.
Oman Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $900 million
Qaboos bin Said has ruled Oman as the Sultan of Oman until his death in January 2020. At the time of his death, he held the record of being the longest-reigning leader in the Middle East.
Qaboos made history by ending the country’s international isolation after overthrowing his father with British support. He implemented more modern policies that advanced the living standards in his country.
Qaboos wrote a secret letter for precautionary measures during his time as a leader. After his death in January 2020, the royal court opened the letter to find who he appointed as the new leader.
In the letter, he stated that his intended successor would be his cousin, Haitham bin Tariq, who is now honored as the Sultan of Oman. In his first speech as the Sultan, he stated that he would uphold Qaboos’ modern policies.
Jordanian Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $750 million
After King Hussein died in 1999, Abdullah II became the king of Jordan. He has been a very successful and esteemed leader in his time so far.
He created reforms that led the country to the 2008 economic boom, and he quickly put policies in place to change the government. Additionally, he had to deal with the lack of trade in Jordan’s neighboring countries and the decrease in petroleum supply.
Abdullah II has had many successes in his lifetime, one of which includes writing the book “Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril.”
Other than that, he invested in the Star Trek theme park which is a part of the $1.55 billion Red Sea Astrarium. He also briefly appeared in a "Star Trek: Voyager" episode, titled "Investigations.” Additionally, he promotes tourism in Jordan, and he was even a virtual tour guide on "Jordan: The Royal Tour".
Japanese Royal Family
Estimated net worth: $40 million
The Japanese Royal Family, formally called the Imperial House of Japan, is composed of the extended family members of the reigning Emperor of Japan.
In Japan, the emperor is "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people,” but the other members of the family are responsible for performing social and ceremonial duties. The emperor title is passed down to the son of the current emperor.
The Imperial House of Japan is the oldest monarch in the world dating all the way back to the year 660. The family tree looks more like a family forest at this point. The current leader, Emperor Akihito, is 86 years old and has reigned since 1989.
Historians are unsure of the exact amount of emperors there has been, but the count is estimated to be around 125. The emperor’s seat is called the Chrysanthemum Throne and it is located in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan.
Bhutan's House of Wangchuck
Estimated net worth: $32 billion
The House of Wangchuck is has been ruling Bhutan since 1907. The monarch leading the family is referred to as the Dragon King, which is probably the coolest real title given to a modern-day person. Outside of Bhutan, this person is simply known as the King of Bhutan. The current Dragon King is Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchukin.
In 2008, at the time of his coronation, Jigme Khesar was only 28 years old, making him the youngest person in the world to lead a country.
In 2011, the Dragon King married his blushing bride, Jetsun Pema, who was only 21 years old at the time. Their wedding was the biggest media event in the history of Bhutan and was followed by two more days of nationwide holiday.
The young couple's honeymoon included visits to different parts of Bhutan, where they were greeted by decorates street and dancing townsfolk, as well as trips to India and Japan.
Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan of Ugbo Land
Estimated net worth: $300 million
You can find Ugbo Land in southwest Nigeria, and in it, you can find oil. Lots of it. All that oil is actually the main source of riches for Oba Obateru Akinrutan, the king of Ugbo Land. His official title is Olugbo, — the traditional king.
He first assumed the throne in 2009 but he has been enjoying immense wealth even before that. In 1981, he founded OBAT Oil, which is the largest private oil trading company in Nigeria.
What started in 1981 with one gas station that served his family and the nearby people turned into an oil empire. Now the company has dozens of gas stations around Nigeria. And as if that wasn't enough, it also owns a tank that can contain up to 65 million liters of oil.
Other than that, the King is big on investing in real estate, including but not limited to Nigeria, London, and the Central Business District of Abuja.
Oba Okunade Sijuwade of Ile-Ife
Estimated net worth: At least $75 million
The full name is Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, and it is quite the mouthful. His local title is Ọọ̀ni, which is a traditional King in Ile-Ife, which is an ancient city located in Southwest Nigeria. The legend has it that this is the origin country of the Yoruba people.
Oba Sijuwade first sat in the throne in 1980 and he knows how to do business just as well as lead his country. He learned it all as a teenager from his father, who was King before him. Just like a proper apprentice.
The Ọọ̀ni then went on to complete a business degree in the United Kingdom. After he went back to Nigeria, he immersed himself in different business endeavors, mainly motor-related.
Other than that, he has successfully gone into the oil business and different construction projects in Nigeria. He, too, owns real estate both in the U.K. and Nigeria.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of Ashanti
Estimated net worth: $10 million
The Ashanti kingdom in Ghana is rich in gold, which makes its king, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, rich in gold. It is also where you can find Ghana's largest ethnic group — the Asantes. The current king assumed the throne in 1999 and served as a leader for the Asante people ever since.
He was educated in the U.K., worked in a few organizations there and in Canada, and then returned to Ghana in 1989.
Upon returning to Ghana, the king founded Transpomech Ghana. It is a $12 million company that deals with mining equipment and sells it to large companies in Ghana.
Other than business, some of the king's wealth comes from an impressive collection of crown jewels as well as real estate investments in Ghana and South Africa.