The world is captivated with royalty, and it is a fascination that makes a strong sense. First, royals have status, power, and trendy wardrobes. Second, there is the fact that a lot of royals out there tend to have vast amounts of money.
Although most royals in the world live quite luxurious lives, it is vital to keep in mind that not all royal families are created equal. In fact, some royals live pretty modest lives and even perform standard jobs. On the other hand, other royal families are incredibly wealthy such that they have more wealth than they could perhaps spend throughout their lives.
The royals get their riches from multiple sources. While some inherit their wealth, some build their fortunes via suitable investments. Regardless of where they get their wealth, most royals are loaded with millions, billions, or even trillions of dollars at their disposal. As a matter of fact, their wealth is enough to make any ordinary person envious.
As Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, the House of Saud has been in reign for more than two centuries now, and they are worth more than $1.4 trillion. With a land rich in natural resources like gold, oil, copper, iron core and history, the Saudi family was already projected to be one of the wealthiest royals in the world. All in all, their businesses and investments have ensured that they remain the most prosperous royal family worldwide.
Also known as the Al-Sabah family, this family ranks second, and they are worth more than $360 billion. While it has smaller membership compared to the Saudi family, it ranks second due to their US shares and stocks which have been tactically acquired by the leading financiers across the world since the 1980s.
Notably, these shares and stocks have more than quadrupled over the last two decades. With this, the family is undoubtedly one of the primary blue-chip companies in the United States.
Also known as the House of Thani, the Qatar Family has been in reign for more than 200 years, and it has broken both records and rules. It’s currently worth around $335 billion. The family’s current ruler is the youngest sovereign worldwide. The family is famous for holding various assets in the United Kingdom, such as the Harrods department store, the Olympic village, and the Shard skyscraper. Besides, they hold significant stakes in other businesses such as Barclays, Volkswagen, Tiffany & Co, and the New York Empire State building.
Abu Dhabi Family
The family is worth around $150 billion and has been at the helm in Abu Dhabi since 1793. Yes, most of their riches come from their natural oil reserves, but most of it originated from the 1970s oil boom when the state illegally acquired money from the oil revenue.
The British Royal Family
The renowned British family is estimated to be worth around $88 billion. Basically, the royal’s riches come from art collections, estates, prized jewels, as well as personal stuff like family heirlooms, jewellery, and clothing.
Notably, a substantial portion of the family’s revenue comes from a trust known as Crown Estate as it gives the queen around 25% of all the income acquired from tourism. Moreover, the queen gets a stipulated percentage of the collected taxes.
Thai family is famous due to its late King, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He acquired a wealth of around $30 billion from the Crown Property Bureau. After his death, the new King, King Vajiralongkorn, gained total control of these assets alongside his fortunes. It’s said that this family gets their riches through company investments, banks, and real estate.
While Brunei isn’t a popular country, Brunei royals are, unluckily, greatly infamous. Brunei is recognised due to its lack of nightlife and a nationwide alcohol ban. With a population of around 428,962, Brunei is ranked as the fifth richest country worldwide. The Brunei family is worth roughly $30 billion.
The present Morocco family, spearheaded by King Mohammed VI, is indeed one of the fascinating royal families in the history of Morocco. First, the King broke various traditions of the country by getting married to Princess Lalla Salma and giving her a title. Currently, the family is worth over $20 billion.
Besides being a smart businessman, King Mohammed VI holds a stake of around 35% in the SNI (Societe Nationale d’Investissement), which is typically a private holding organisation that has assets worth over $12.2 billion.