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The Richest Monarchs and Royals of the World - 2014

Below is a list of the World's Richest Monarchs in order of wealth, the figures are calculated based upon their present assets as Sovereigns of the Realm, whereas it should be noted that most studies upon this subject past and present by magazines, books and by the media, listing figures attributed to the so-called true wealth of the Monarchs in question are misleading.

Those compiling these false figures, in most circumstances source their information from a small collection of individuals, who do not and in some cases choose not to understand the complicated asset wealth of a Monarch, through their vast Hereditary and Sovereign wealth therein. As such readers and viewers of such articals, should take special note that any listing, which lists Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, below first place upon the list in question, should not be read any further as their figures are not correct.

Whereas, most figures on this subject concerning the wealth of Monarchs and Royals, seem to be complied by a certain American based Magazine with its online service, the ridiculous figures that are complied by this well known American Magazine are in most part misleading, and lack any credible status when concerning the true wealth of the Monarchs and Royals concerned.

One example amongst many others, which is utterly contradictory on the part of the Magazine, is that of the listing of the King of Thailand who according to their figures, holds first place on the list. The King does indeed owns vast land holdings in the Capital of Bangkok, which is run by the Thai Crown Agency, in the exact way the Queen of Great Britain owns vast land holdings in the UK run by the British Crown Estate, except the Magazine in question states that the Queen does not own the land, but for some unknown reason the King of Thailand does. Yet the Magazine shows no legal or factual proof to substantiate their false assumption, only that it is considered by modern assumption and public opinion that the Queen does not own the Crown Estate. The Queen of Great Britain is the wealthest Monarch in the World by far, this is not an outdated notion or passe, it is fact, if one chooses to not recognise this fact one can only be considered as ignorant in its absolute meaning.

Therefore, the Almanach challenges any person or Media body to show proof by submitting any British Law under Act of Parliament stating clearly, that the Queen does own the Crown Estate. Whereas there are tens of thousands of documents and many hundreds of Laws under Act of Parliament, which state that the Crown Estate is part of the Sovereign partimony of the British Monarch, and therefore is in fact the legal property of the Reigning Monarch concerned. It should be noted that ownership can never be based upon a mere assumption, but must be backed up by legal standing and judgement.

 Whereas, another example is the so-called listed Wealth of the ex-Queen of the Netherlands, who according to their figures is worth a mere $200 Million dollars, whereas the Dutch Royal Family to which she was head of until recently, is the worlds largest share holder of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company being a 25% holder, therefore her true wealth was in the Billions of dollars, another example of the Magazines silly figures which have no connection with the true figures of Monarchs listed.

The American Magazine in question, seems to compile its figures when concerning Monarchs and Royals of the World, in the same way as it complies figures for International Film Stars, Rock Groups and of course Mickey Mouse, which shows the Magazine in question to have very little or no understanding to the complicated subject of the asset wealth of the Worlds Monarchs and Royals, who in some cases have amassed their family wealth, property and ownership rights over many centuries, and in the case of the Queen of Great Britian near on a millenium, so the true and total wealth of the aforementioned Monarchs and Royals may never be known. As a further note of interest if the Russian Revolution of 1917 had never happened, and the Imperial House of Romanov were still Monarchs of Russia, the present would be Tsar of Russia would be the wealthest Monarch on Earth followed by the Queen of Great Britain, then by the Imperial House of Habsburg as Austrian Emperors.

 

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No. 1

Age: 87

Net worth: £ 60 Billion - Plus

Her Majesty's personal fortune is based upon, Her hereditary property and ownership rights therein as Sovereign of the Realm, including: the land and Property assets of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Crown Estates, the Royal Palaces of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James's Palace, the Palace of Holyrood, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and Bangueting House, the Crown Jewels and Her family investments, the Royal Art Collection and family properties including Balmoral and Sandringham.   
 
The estimates of Her wealth are often mistakenly valued on the basis that the Crown Estates, Royal Palaces and the Crown Jewels, are in some way inalienable items held and not owned by the Sovereign, this is a misleading and false statement of facts, there are no such documents in existence to proof this false view and as such they are owned, borne and enjoyed as hereditary possessions of the Reigning Sovereign, thus can be legally viewed as personal property of the British Sovereign, being owned and enjoyed under their inalienable rights as Monarch of the Realm.  
 
 

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H.M King Abdullah Al-Aziz-Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia

No. 2

Age: 88

Net worth: £ 40 Billion - Plus

Ascended to the throne August 2005, soon after, the construction began on a 
$26 billion city named in his honor, which the government hopes will become 
the new economic epicenter of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is now earning approximately over $1 billion a day from oil exports, helping boost the royal family's fortune. The King is well known for his kindness concerning persons in need, He is an avid horseman and breeds Arabian horses, he founded the  Equestrian Club in Riyadh, His Wealth is based upon vast Oil reserves, global properties, global investments and family interests. 
 
 
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H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed An-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi

No. 3

Age: 65

Net worth: £ 30 Billion - Plus

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (born 1948), referred to either as Sheikh Nahyan or Sheikh Khalifa is the current President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Emir of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded to both posts on 3 November 2004, replacing his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had died the day before. He is the current chairman of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, His wealth is based upon vast Oil reserves, global properties, global investments and international family interests. 

 

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H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

No. 4

Age: 85

Net worth: £ 28 Billion - Plus

 King Bhumibol of Thailand, the 80-year-old King of Thailand, is the longest serving monarch in Thai history. He has benevolently used his royal wealth  in over 3,000 rural development projects in the country. He has a world record in having the highest number of honorary university degrees (136). The royal Palace in Bangkok was built in 1782, the Palace consists of an aggregate of buildings on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, The total area is 218,400 sq. m. His wealth is based upon the Royal Thai Estates Agency, with vast tracks of land across Thailand including over 3000 acres of the Capital Bangkok, together with vast jewel reserves, personal investments and family property. 

 

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H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

No. 5

Age: 63

Net worth: £ 25 Billion - Plus

H.H Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم; Muḥammad bin Rāshid al Maktūm), also Sheikh Mohammed, (born July 22, 1949), is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed, is viewed as one of the greatest horse owners of all time, who is also known for his generosity and kindness to others. His wealth is based upon vast Oil reserves, global properties, global investments, and international family interests.
 

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H.M Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei

No. 6

Age: 66

Net worth: £ 24 Billion - Plus

 The 63-year Sultan of Brunei, the 29th heir to the throne of an unbroken 600-year-old Brunei dynasty, The Sultan has anything between 3000 to 6000 cars in his collection. The Istana Nurul Iman palace, the Sultan's official residence, provides visitors a spectacular sight. It is the biggest palace in the world, much bigger than the Vatican palace. US$ 350 million was spent in erecting the palace. It has 1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms and the total floor area is 2,152,782 sq. feet. His wealth is based upon Oil reserves, global properties, global investments and international family interests.

 

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HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

No. 7

Age:46

Net worth: £ 10 Billion - Plus

Willem-Alexander (pronounced [ˈʋɪləm ɑlɛˈksɑndər]; Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand; born 27 April 1967) is the reigning King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of the countries of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten. He is head of the Dutch Royal house and the House of Amsberg and upon coming to the throne became the first male monarch of the Netherlands since the death of William III in 1890. Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht and is the eldest child of Princess Beatrix and German diplomat Claus von Amsberg. He became Prince of Orange and heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands on 30 April 1980, when his mother became queen regnant, and he ascended the throne on 30 April 2013 when his mother abdicated. Upon his accession, he was Europe's youngest monarch.

He went to public primary and secondary schools, served in the Royal Netherlands Navy, and studied history at Leiden University. He married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 and they have three daughters: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (born 2003), Princess Alexia (b. 2005), and Princess Ariane (b. 2007). Willem-Alexander is interested in sports and international water management issues. Until his accession to the throne, he was a member of the International Olympic Committee (1998-2013), chairman of the Advisory Committee on Water to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment (2004-13), and chairman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations' Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (2006-13).

In 2008, His  mothers wealth was wrongly estimated at $200 million, this figure grossly under values his mothers personal and family wealth and that of the Dutch Royal family. The Dutch Royal Family is the largest shareholder in Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, estimated at about 25 per cent, which would value His Majesty, in the tens of billions, together with vast personal and family investments and Assets, Art and Jewels, a more truthful figure has been attributed to Her Majesty. 

 

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H.H Sheikh Sabah IV bin Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait

No. 8

Age: 83

Net worth: £ 9 Billion - Plus

H.H Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Arabic: صباح الأحمد الجابر الصباح Sabāh 
al-Ahmad al-Jābir as-Sabāh; born June 16, 1929) is the Emir of Kuwait. He was sworn in on January 29, 2006 after confirmation by the National Assembly of Kuwait. He isthe fourth son of the late Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a former Emir of  Kuwait.He is the head of the Ruling Al-Sabah family. Unlike royals in many Gulf  states, Sheikh Sabah's wealth is based on a stipend standing at $188 million a  year, but of course thisdoes not take in to account of the families vast wealth accumulated before the presentlaw of stipend. The Emir called for new elections after the resignation of Kuwaiti cabinetin March and is promoting economic reform to attract more investment and speed up privatization and ease land-ownership regulations to prepare for the post-oil era. Hiswealth is based upon a stipend from Oil  reserves, global properties, global investmentsand international family interests. 
 

 

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H.H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar

No. 9 

Age: 61

Net worth: £ 7 Billion - Plus

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed 
Al Thani was born in 1952, he is the Emir of the state of Qatar. He rose to that 
position on June 26, 1995, after deposing his father, who was vacationing in Switzerland at the time. Sheikh Hamad spearheaded the development of Qatar's vast oil and natural gas reserves. The country now has the highest per-capita income in the world. A graduate of Britain's Sandhurst Military Academy, Sheikh Hamad also oversaw the modernization of Qatar's armed forces and Provided key start-up capital for Al Jazeera and its English sister station. His wealth is based upon Oil and Gas reserves, global properties, global investments andinternational family interests.
 

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H.M Sultan Qaboos Bin Said As-Said of Oman

No. 10

Age: 72

Net worth: £ 6 Billion - Plus

Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, His riches are accounted to surplus oil production, He owns a 500 ft yacht, and the Al Alam Royal Palace, the residence of the Sultan, which overlooks the serene Muscat harbour. The  regal palace is an exquisite marvel of art and architecture. His wealth is based upon Oil reserves, global properties, global investments and international family interests.  

 

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H.M King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain

No. 11

Age: 63

Net worth: £ 3.5 Billion - Plus 

His Majesty King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, KCMG (Arabic: حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة‎)(born 28 December 1950, Riffa, Bahrain) is the current King of Bahrain (since 2002), having previously been its Emir (from 1999). He is the son of Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, the previous emir. For his secondary schooling, he attended the The Leys School, Cambridge, England. He later attended military colleges in the United Kingdom (including Sandhurst) and the United States (including Fort Leavenworth). Al Khalifah has great interest in preserving heritage and continues to indulge in a number of sports activities and hobbies including falconry, golf, fishing, tennis and football. His keen interest in Arabian horses caused him to establish the Amiri stables in June of 1977 which was registered in the World Arabian Horses Organization in September 1978. His wealth is based upon Oil reserves, global properties, global investments and international family interests.
 
 
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No. 12

Age: 68

Net worth: £ 4 Billion - Plus

His Most Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince Hans-Adam II, Ferdinand AloisJosef Maria Marko d'Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein, (born 14th February 1945, 
in Zurich), is the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein. He is the son of Franz Joseph II, 
Prince of Liechtenstein (1906-1989) and his wife Countess Georgina von Wilczek (1921-1989). He also bears the titles Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf, Count of Rietberg. The Prince heads the small Alpine Principality, His wealth is based upon the family's bank,LGT, His most valuable asset and other holdings including an estimated 20,000 hectaresof land in Austria, several 17th-century palaces in central Vienna, the company RiceTecin the U.S and a vast 400-year-old art collection.
 

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H.R.H. The Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

No. 13

Age: 57

Net worth: £ 3 Billion - Plus

His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (given names: Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume; born at Betzdorf Castle in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, 16 April 1955) is the head of state of Luxembourg. He is the eldest son of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. His maternal grandparents were King Leopold III of Belgium and Astrid of Sweden. He is a nephew of the current King of Belgium, Albert II. His wealth is based upon various personal and family investments including industry, bank deposits, gold and real estate.

 

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H.M.S.H The Prince Albert II of Monaco

No. 14

Age: 54

Net worth: £ 2.5 Billion - Plus

His Most Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco (Albert Alexandre 
Louis Pierre Grimaldi, born 14 March 1958) is the head of the House of Grimaldi and 
the current ruler of the Principality of Monaco. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and his Princess Consort, Grace Kelly. His wealth is based upon real estate, family art collection, antique cars, stamps and a stake in Monte Carlo's Casino.
 

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H.H Shah Karim al-Hussayni - The Aga Khan IV

No. 15

Age: 76

Net worth: £ 2 Billion - Plus

Shah Karim al-Hussayni, The Aga Khan IV, KBE, CC, GCC, GCIH (Arabic: سمو الأمیر شاہ کریم الحسیني آغا خان الرابع‎) (born December 13, 1936) is the 49th and current Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. He has been in this position and has held the title of Āgā Khān since July 11, 1957, when at the age of 20 he succeeded his  grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. The Āgā Khān is responsible for the interpretation of  the faith for his followers and as part of the office of the Imamate, endeavors to improve the quality of their lives and of the communities in which they live.

The Āgā Khān is a descendant of Prophet Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, Muhammad's daughter, and is referred to by members of his community as Mawlana Hazer Imām (حاضر إمام, "Present Imām"). Since his ascension to the Imamate, the Āgā Khān has witnessed complex political and economic changes which have affected his followers, including independence of African countries from colonial rule, expulsion of Asians from Uganda, the independence of Central Asian countries such as Tajikistan from the former Soviet Union, and continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Āgā Khān has been particularly interested in the elimination of global poverty; the advancement of the status of women, the promotion of Islamic culture, art, and architecture; and furthering pluralistic values in society. He is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development networks in the world, which works towards social, economic and cultural development in Asia and Africa.

The Aga Khan's wealth is based upon global properties, global investments and international 
family interests, He owns 900 thoroughbreds and has a stake in one of Britain's largest  
horse-auction houses, His annual income is estimated to be $300m. Business interests  include hotels and airlines, and he has also invested in a tourist complex in Sardinia. His    main source of income is through investing in stocks, companies and material goods.
 


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