We have all grown up reading fairytales about kings and queens living in a land far, far away in castles, with horses, servants and insurmountable amounts of gold and riches. But with the changing face of laws in countries across the world, democratization has prevailed vastly and those ancient kingdoms shrunk into mere stories. Well, that’s not completely true, as there are still some countries which are reined by monarch rule and even more which have adapted to democracy but still maintain the dignity of royalty. Here is a list of royal families which are still intact, not only in terms of their royalty, but also in terms of maintaining a fairytale-esque and extravagant lifestyle. They truly live life, king size!
10. The Royal Family of Oman
Oman is known for its rich oil mines and the royal family of Oman must be credited for making them practically useful and a source of economy for the country. The Sultan of Oman- Qaboos Bin Said Al Said is not only worth 700 million dollars in terms of assets, but also heads the royal family. He also finances for the restoration of mosques, clearly directing his riches in the noble direction!
09. The Royal Family of Monaco
Anybody who has been to the gambling capitals of the world must have heard about the world famous Monte Carlo Casinos, which in Monaco are called the Société des bains de mer de Monaco. These casinos are owned by none other than the royal family, headed by Albert II, whose net worth is a whopping 1 Billion dollars. Not only that, they also own the Opéra de Monte-Carlo which is one of the most famous opera houses of the world. So it is needless to say that their lifestyle is as luxurious as the suites of Monte Carlo!
08. Al Thani Qatari royal family
Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani was the Emir of Qatar from 1995 to June 2013. After that he gave away the throne to his son, Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. But Hamad has made the royal family of Qatar one of the richest and most extravagant in the world possessing assets worth around 2.5 billion dollars! Not only that, he is also responsible for making Qatar a world class destination for education by opening several schools like Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown and Northwestern. The family is also a lover of contemporary art and to protect that, they have built the Qatar Museum authority. They also set up the Qatar Investment Authority, a holdings company that owns shares in Harrods, Paris St. Germain football team, Miramax, Vivendi, Louis Vuitton and Barclay. If that’s not all, Hamad has also helped establish the Al Jazeera network.
07. The Royal Family of Liechtenstein
This family of royalty is headed by the shining prince Hans Adam II. Their castle is one of the most visited tourist spots in the world, for its grandeur and beauty, and it is maintained by their net worth of 4 billion dollars. Hans Adam II is the head honcho for Liechtenstein Global Trust, or LGT Group, the largest family-owned manager of private wealth and assets in Europe. He also has an extensive art collection housed at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna. Now we know who are the main buyers for the expensive paintings in the museums!
06. The Royal Sheikh family of Dubai
Next time you marvel at the magnificent, lean and tall structure of the famous Burj Khalifa, know that it wouldn’t have existed without the help of Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum , the Emir Sheikh of Dubai. In the throne since 2006, he and his family have various lavish indulgences like horse racing and breeding. He has won several prestigious races, including the Preakness Stakes, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Irish Derby Stakes and several British Classic Races. If that does not sound luxurious enough, they also own the Woodlands Stud Empire. They are also behind several developments in Dubai, like the Palm Islands, The Burj Al Arab and of course, The Burj Khalifa. Now that’s a tall list of extravagance!
05. The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia
It is no surprise that Saudi Arabia has some of the wealthiest people in the world and thus the royal family must be living up to their reputation the most. Abdullah bin Abdul Azil al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, and worth an impressive 18 billion dollars, is the sole custodian of the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. Not only are they an empire of gold and silver and everything shiny, the king also serves as the President of the High Council for Petroleum and Minerals, as well as President of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, and head of the Military Service Council
04. The British Royal Family
This is undoubtedly the most famous of all royal families, and also the most extensive of all. With Queen Elizabeth II on the forefront, this family is massively spotlighted by the international media. But if they are projected in the scandalous controversies, they are also simultaneously celebrated and are widely known for their extravagant royal weddings and the beautiful residence. With an estimated worth of 60 billion dollars, Queen Elizabeth II may not participate in political affairs, but has been crucial in bringing in great economy for the country. Also their legacy will continue for generations as her son Prince William and daughter in law Kate Middleton have given birth to their next heir.
03. The Royal Family of Brunei
The Sultan of Brunei is worth almost as much as his full name which is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa-adul Khairi Waddien. Quite a mouthful, eh? But as a Sultan, he has made the royal family worth more than 20 billion dollars! He is also the Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. This family surely has an extravagant lifestyle when it comes to transportation and has one of the largest and most expensive car collections in the world. Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari and Rolls Royce actually create models exclusively for him. He even has a Rolls Royce that is coated completely with 24k gold. Here, all that glitters is gold!
02. The Royal Family of France
Even though the list mainly consists of present entities in royalty, it would be unfair to forget the glories of the past. We all know about the French Revolution, and the one family which managed to stay away from Poverty during- The House of Bourbons. The stories about the royals of Versailles and Sicily are vast with popular phrases quoted by Queen Antoinette. When the city was drowning in poverty and there was no bread, she had exclaimed “then let them eat cake!” Needless to say they were smothered in riches and had the most lavish lifestyle in all of Europe. Their net estimated worth then was a grand 12.2 million pounds, which later diminished to a mere 1 million pounds, after the family tree ceased to exist one by one.
01. The Royal Family of Thailand
The ornate architecture and vastness of their palace is proof enough that the Royal Thai Family is one of the richest royal families in the world. Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, has an estimated wealth of a whopping 30 billion dollars! King Bhumibol’s wealth is managed by the Crown Property Bureau of Thailand. It includes over 3,000 acres of land in central Bangkok and shares in Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. As is said, the one with the shiniest stone will be placed on the throne, holds true for the king of Thailand and makes him take the top spot of the list as he is owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest cut and faceted diamond in the world.