In the history of the world, monarchies have ruled the world literally and metaphorically. Alexander the Great, Rome’s Augustus Caesar, and England’s Queen Victoria are just some of the royals that will forever color the past with their extraordinary stories of governance, love, and wealth.
The royals were, of course, royalty because they held an important role in the society as rulers and a symbol of a country’s wellbeing. Everybody looked up to them. It also helped that they were insanely rich. Today, royalties have greatly dwindled but that doesn’t mean they live less eventful lives. While the earlier monarchs of the world held most of a country’s fortune, today’s monarchs aren’t as wealthy but still extravagant. Still, they are one of wealthiest. Here are the richest royals of the world today.
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Worth: $30 Billion
Thailand’s king is the country’s longest reigning monarch and the world’s longest serving head of state after he ascended to the throne at the ripe age of 18 on June 1946. So not only is he the richest in the list, he is also the oldest in terms of reign. The 87 year old king has ruled for more than 70 years, surviving countless coups and prime ministers. The bulk of his wealth comes from the Crown Property Bureau, a special company that is not owned by the company and is also not a private company. It generates profit from investments made in Thailand businesses such as the Siam Commercial Bank.
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Worth: $20 Billion
Brunei’s monarchy is headed by 68 year old Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah whose full name is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien. Famous for his long name, the Sultan is also recognized for his love of extremely rare and expensive cars. He currently has over a thousand cars. What’s unique about him is that his monarchy in Brunei grants him absolute power, one of the few royalties left in the world with such capacity. Understandably, his immense wealth comes from the country’s rich oil resources and natural products.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah
Worth: $18 Billion
The 90 year-old king made headlines last year when he died of pneumonia and other health complications. Despite this, he had a long celebrated life. In fact, he outlived two of his successors and fathered over 40 children in 30 wives. Most of his wealth comes from Saudi Aramco, a state-owned oil company that has monopoly over the country’s reserves and has branches abroad.