The blue bloods of the world are forever making headlines, be it for their spend thrift habits, their special rides or even their rumored nuptials. Despite the reported budget slumps, the Royal’s still manage to enjoy and live a lavish lifestyle. As a treat to the followers and fans of royalty, we present you with a list of the world’s richest royals. The list of the top 15 richest royals in the world has been compiled by Forbes and shows that despite the economic slump in the past year, these monarchs have managed to hold on to their fortunes.
The monarch who tops Forbes list of the richest royals is Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyade. The 80 year old monarch who is also the world’s longest living monarch has a fortune of $30 billion. Despite the fluctuations in the stock market, he has managed to maintain his fortune.
Second in the list is the Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. The Sultan who is known for his lavish spending has a fortune of $20 billion.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz comes in third with an estimated fortune of $18 billion. The King along with the government helped Saudi Arabia battle the economic crisis. But he will most be known as the King who tried to lighten up his Kingdom’s strict religious laws.
UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan has bagged the fourth position on the list with a fortune of $15 billion. Although his fortune was diminished by a cool $3 billion during the economic downturn, the re-elected president of UAE provided $10 billion bailout package to neighboring state of Dubai in December.
Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is at number five with a fortune of $4.5 billion. The monarch saw his fortune tumble due to Emirate’s heavy debt load.
At number six is Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein of Liechtenstein with a fortune of $3.5 billion. The seventh spot is usurped by King Mohammed IV of Morocco whose fortune is estimated at $2.5 billion while Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is at number eight position with a fortune of $2.4 billion. Monaco’s Prince Albert II comes in at number nine with a $1 billion fortune while the number 10 position is taken by Aga Lhan’s Prince Karim Al Husseini whose fortune is estimated at $800 million.
Brits will frown to know that Queen Elizabeth II, U.K didnot make it to the top ten. At $450 million, she grabbed the 12th position.
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