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10. Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman
Qaboos bin Said al Said edges Queen Elizabeth II out of the top 10 with, according to Forbes’ 2011 figures, a net wealth of $700 million. Qaboos seized power by overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a 1970 coup. His wealth comes from the country’s gas and oil reserves. Qaboos, often an intermediary between Iran and the West, personally finances restorations of mosques around the Oman.
9. Karim al Hussayni, Aga Khan IV
Karim al Hussayni doesn’t have any geographic land he rules but, with a fortune of $800 million, he’s among the richest royal families. Al Hussayni is the Aga Khan IV or Imam of a denomination of Nizari Ismailism within Shia Islam that has about 25-30 million followers. Getting his wealth from business interests, he owns a yacht club in Sardinia and hundreds of racehorses.
8. Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Monaco’s a small country but packs in a lot of wealth. Its prince, Albert II, and his family own nearly 20 percent of this country with less than 40,000 people. His wealth of $1 billion comes from owning large tracts of land in Monaco and France as well as his holdings in the Monte Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo’s Hotel de Paris, and the Opera de Monte Carlo among other businesses.
7. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Former Emir of Qatar
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, a member of the Al Thani Qatari royal family, served as Qatar’s emir from 1995 to 2013 when his son Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani took the throne. He established Arab global news network Al Jazeera. He also established the Qatar Investment Authority, a holdings company that manages the country’s excess gas and oil reserves, and the Qatar Museums Authority, among the world’s main buyers of contemporary art. He owns shares in Miramax, Barclay, Harrods and more. His fortune of $2.5 billion puts him among the richest royal families in the world.
6. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
Mohammed VI became king when his father, King Hassan II, died in 1999. He’s also the country’s top banker and leading business magnate with a wealth of $2.5 billion. His business interests include agriculture and land.
5. Hans Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Hans Adam II’s wealth is estimated to be about $3.5 billion. He owns the private wealth group Liechtenstein Global Trust, Europe’s largest family-owned private wealth and assets firm. An art lover, he displays his art at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.
4. Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emir Sheikh of Dubai
Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s also the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates. His wealth of $4 billion helps bankroll his passion of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding that’s included horses that have won the Iris Derby Stakes and Preakness Stakes. His Dubai developments include the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands.
3. Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi
Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, comes in third on the list of the world’s richest royal families with $15 billion.That’s half the wealth of the royal family that leads the list.
A giving ruler, his donations center on medical facilities and relief organizations as well as education including the University of Texas.
2. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei
Oil and gas development in Brunei fueled Hassanal Bolkiah’s estimated wealth of $20 million. He’s known for his car collection that includes a Rolls Royce coated with 24 karat gold. His home, the Istana Nurul Iman, is the world’s largest palace with a cost of more than $350 million.
1. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej has ruled Thailand since 1946. He’s not only the world’s richest monarch with an estimated $30 billion but also its current longest-serving head of state. His business interests include more than 3,000 acres of land in central Bangkok and shares in Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. Bhumibol’s extravagances include owning the 545 karat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the world’s largest cut, and faceted diamond.