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Top 10 richest monarchs in the world: Charles III, King of the UK, is not on the list

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While Charles III, the King of the United Kingdom, is a globally influential monarch, he did not make the list of the world’s top 10 richest monarchs. According to the sources, his net worth is estimated to be around $747 million.

Rank Name Title Residence Net Worth (Estimated)
1 Maha Vajiralongkorn King of Thailand Thailand $43B
2 Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi $30B
3 Hassanal Bolkiah Sultan of Brunei Brunei $28B
4 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia $18B
5 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister  of UAE and Ruler of Dubai Dubai $14B
6 Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg Luxembourg $4B
7 Hans-Adam II Prince of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein $4B
8 Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Emir of Qatar Qatar $2B
9 Mohammed VI King of Morocco Morocco $2B
10 Albert II Prince of Monaco Monaco $1B

*Please note these are estimated individual net worth, based on the data provided on the internet.*

1. Maha Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand:

Maha Vajiralongkorn (Source_ X_@IndiainThailand)

Maha Vajiralongkorn, the present King of Thailand, is the richest monarch in the world. Taking the throne in 2016 after the passing of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the only son of the late king, Vajiralongkorn was the natural heir and was officially named Crown Prince back in 1972. Having an estimated net worth of $43 billion, his wealth can be attributed to the vast wealth and resources that have been accumulated by the Thai royal family over centuries.

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As the current monarch, King Vajiralongkorn has inherited a significant portion of this wealth, which includes vast real estate holdings, extensive business interests, and a substantial portfolio of investments. His net worth is further augmented by the significant assets managed by the Crown Property Bureau, a private entity responsible for managing the royal family’s financial interests. 

2. Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi:

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Source_ X_@MohamedBinZayed) Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Source_ X_@MohamedBinZayed)

Succeeding his brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, after he died in 2022, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the third President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He has an estimated net worth of $30 billion, according to Forbes, making him the second richest monarch in the world.

His wealth is derived from a diverse portfolio of assets, including significant stakes in the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE. In addition to his family’s vast real estate holdings, including the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, investments in the financial sector, such as the First Abu Dhabi Bank, and his significant stakes in various international companies contribute significantly to his net worth.

3. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei:

Hassanal Bolkiah (Source_ X_@HassanalBolkia4) Hassanal Bolkiah (Source_ X_@HassanalBolkia4)

Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei and one of the third-wealthiest monarchs in the world, with an estimated net worth of $28 billion. Ruling Brunei since 1967, his opulent lifestyle and vast fortune are symbolic of the immense wealth derived from Brunei’s oil and gas reserves. As a figure of immense influence and power, Brunei has seen economic growth and development under his leadership, becoming a high-income nation.

4. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia:

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Source: Al Jazeera) Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Source: Al Jazeera)

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, presently the King of Saudi Arabia, took the throne in 2015 after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. He has an estimated net worth of $18 billion. As the head of the House of Saud, he has held various government positions, including Governor of Riyadh Province and Minister of Defense. In addition to the fortune of the KSA’s Royal Family, a significant portion of his wealth stems from the vast oil industry controlled by the Saudi government and investments in diverse sectors such as real estate, banking, and telecommunications. Currently, he is undergoing treatment for lung inflammation.

5. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Source_ X_@HamdanMohammed) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Source_ X_@HamdanMohammed)

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the hereditary Ruler of Dubai, since 2006, following the death of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. With an estimated net worth of $14 billion, he is known for his ambitious development projects in Dubai. As the principal architect of Dubai’s transformation into a global hub of commerce, tourism, and finance, much of Al Maktoum’s wealth derives from his stakes in the emirate’s successful state-owned enterprises, such as the Emirates airline, the Dubai World conglomerate, and Dubai Holding, which operates hotels, media companies, and business parks, in addition to his family wealth.

6. Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg:

Henri (Source_ X_@UAEEmbassyBXL) Henri (Source_ X_@UAEEmbassyBXL)

Grand Duke Henri is the current monarch of Luxembourg, taking the throne in 2000 after his father, Grand Duke Jean, abdicated. He is one of the wealthiest monarchs in the world, with an estimated net worth of $4 billion. As head of state and Grand Ducal Family, Henri’s role is largely ceremonial, with the Prime Minister and Cabinet holding most of the executive power. However, his wealth can be attributed to the Grand Duke’s fortune, including investments, real estate holdings, and a stake in the Grand Duchy’s steel industry. 

7. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein:

Hans Adam II (Source_ X_@AlmanachGotha) Hans Adam II (Source_ X_@AlmanachGotha)

Prince Hans-Adam II has been the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein since 1989. He is known for his involvement in the country’s political affairs, playing a key role in the 2003 constitutional referendum that expanded his powers. His substantial wealth primarily stems from the vast assets of the Princely House of Liechtenstein, in addition to being involved in various business ventures, which include investments in banking, real estate, and various industries. The family’s private bank, LGT Group, plays a significant role in their financial portfolio, along with extensive land holdings and art collections, contributing to his estimated net worth of $4 billion. 

8. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar:

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Source_ X_@qatarliving) Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Source_ X_@qatarliving)

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current Emir of Qatar, taking the throne in 2013 after his father, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, abdicated. He has an estimated net worth of $2 billion. As the head of state and absolute monarch of the oil-rich nation, his vast wealth is derived primarily from his ownership stake in the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

Additionally, the Emir’s wealth is strengthened by his ownership of luxury properties, yachts, and other high-value assets. As the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, Qatar’s vast oil and natural gas reserves, which account for over 70% of government revenue, and energy exports have made the Emir among the wealthiest monarchs in the world.

9. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco:

Mohammed VI (Source_ X_@KOMARMIES) Mohammed VI (Source_ X_@KOMARMIES)

Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco, who took the throne in 1999 after the death of his father, Hassan II, and has an estimated net worth of $2 billion. During his reign, Mohammed VI implemented various political and economic reforms, such as granting more powers to the Prime Minister and promoting sustainable development. He derives his wealth from a diverse portfolio of investments and business ventures, owning a majority stake in Société Nationale d’Investissement (SNI), real estate holdings, and profits from state-owned phosphate company OCP Group, one of the world’s largest phosphate exporters. 

10. Albert II, Prince of Monaco:

Albert II (Source_ X_@_Arctic_Circle) Albert II (Source_ X_@_Arctic_Circle)

Albert II, Prince of Monaco, has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, which primarily stems from the vast fortune generated by the principality of Monaco, which thrives on tourism, real estate, and the lucrative gambling industry. The principality’s renowned casinos, luxury hotels, and high-end real estate have contributed significantly to Prince Albert II’s substantial wealth. Additionally, his family’s ownership of various businesses and investments further solidified his financial standing. 

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