Here is a list of 15 richest monarchs of the world, who hold office as of January 29, 2013.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Age: 85 Start year reign: 1952 Status: £ 60 billion ($ 94, 8 billion) Traditional counting state of the British Queen does not take into account the unique objects that are perceived as state property, and provides a modest amount of several hundred million dollars. Meanwhile, considering the cost of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the palaces of St. James and Holyrood, Windsor Castle and other real estate owned by the royal family and the royal art collection of the British monarch is the first line in the list of the richest peers.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Age: 87 Start year reign: £ 2005 Condition: 40 billion ($ 63, 2 billion), based on the state of the Saudi king - oil, sales of which brings the state about $ 1 billion a day. Moreover, Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has vast stables, which contains the best Arabian horses (the monarch known as a passionate rider and founder of the Equestrian Club in Riyadh), and a good garage, most of the cars in which - exclusive or antique.
The emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Age: 64 year reign Start year: 2004 Status: £ 30 billion ($ 47, 4 billion) Sheikh of Abu Dhabi and current president of the United Arab Emirates, too, is rich thanks to oil produced in his country. This is not surprising: 80 percent of the oil reserves of the United Arab Emirates are concentrated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, the Caliph gets good income from the investment of own funds in various sectors of the world economy.
The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej. Age: 84 year Start year reign: 1946 Status: £ 28 billion ($ 44, 24 billion) Thai monarch is not just one of the richest monarchs in the world, but also one of the most zealous: a large part of his fortune he spent on the development and implementation of a 3000 development projects of agricultural land in the country. However, nothing surprising in this: the King "in combination" is headed by the Royal Thai real estate agency, which owns huge tracts of land in the country. In addition, the world is well-known collection of royal jewels, which seriously affects the size of the state of the monarch.
Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Age: 62 year Start year reign: 2006 Condition: (39, $ 5 billion), Emir of Dubai is currently ranked as the prime minister of the UAE and in the same way as the Saudi King, known for his horses, his stable is one of the biggest and expensive in the world. And of course, a considerable part of his fortune is made up of oil stocks, which can boast of the emirate of Dubai, as well as income from investments in different sectors of the global economy.
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. Age: 65 Start year reign: 1967 Status: £ 24 billion ($ 37, 92 billion), most famous treasure Brunei Sultan (in addition to the oil produced in his country) - a collection of cars, which has between 3,000 and 6,000 cars, many of which were produced extremely limited quantities, or even a single copy. Banners and the Sultan's Palace Istana Nurul Iman (Palace of Light), an area over 200 000 sq. m, in which there are 1788 apartments and 257 bathrooms.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Age 74 Year beginning of the reign: 1980 Condition: (15, 8 billion dollars) Traditionally, the state of the Queen of the Netherlands is estimated at 300 million - but that does not include the royal share of the company's shares Royal Dutch Shell (it is about 25 per cent), as well as the cost of the royal collections of works of art and jewelry. With all these resources the total condition of Beatrix said recently about his upcoming abdication is worth 30 times more, and allows it to enter the top ten richest monarchs of the world.
Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Age: 82 year Start year reign: 2006 Status: £ 9 billion ($ 14, 22 billion) annual "scholarship" Sheikh Sabah, down from its share of oil revenue - $ 188 million, and that these payments are the foundation of the state of the Kuwaiti monarch. However, the emir is well aware that oil resources are finite, and therefore is already trying to prepare their country for life in a post-oil era, initiating economic reform, which is based on the simplification of the rules of the privatization of land and facilitating environment for attracting foreign investment.
The Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Age: 60 Start year reign: 1995 Status: £ 7 billion ($ 11, 06 billion) current Emir of Qatar came to power after overthrowing his father, who left inadvertently on holiday in Switzerland. In their Middle Eastern counterparts Hamad enjoys a reputation as a progressive leader: Qatar when it first from the region gave suffrage to women. And the growth of its already considerable fortune Emir ensure that reforming the country's oil and gas industry, creating ideal conditions for the attraction of foreign investment from the world's largest mining companies.
Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Albusaid. Age: 71 year reign Start year: 1970 Status: £ 6 billion ($ 9, 48 billion), creator of the Sultanate of Oman, has arisen after the unification of the Sultanate of Muscat and the Imamate of Oman - the owner of yet another "oil" status. In addition, a large proportion of wealth Qaboos was built in 1972 by the royal palace Qasr al-Alam, overlooking the main harbor of Muscat and a few yachts (including the 155-meter "Al-Said," named in honor of the owner), summarized in division Royal Yacht Navy of Oman.
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Age: 62 year reign Start year: 2002 Status: £ 3, 5 billion ($ 5, 53 billion) Another passionate lover of Arabian horses in the ranking of the richest monarchs. Established in 1977, Hamad Amiri stable year later was included in the list of the World Organization of Arab horses, and today is one of the largest and most expensive in the world. The basis of the state of the king of Bahrain - oil, like other colleagues of his Middle East, as well as income from international investments, which the Special Fund of the royal.
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Age: 67 years reign Started: 1989 Status: £ 4 billion ($ 6, 32 billion) main source of wealth of the current ruler of the small Alpine state - family bank LGT. In addition to financial income in the calculation of state Hans-Adam took into account several palaces of the XVII century in Vienna, collected the princely family for 400 years, the unique collection of works of art, as well as over 20 000 hectares of land
Prince of Monaco Albert II. Age: 53 year reign Started: 2005 Status: £ 2, 5 billion ($ 3, 95 billion) collected the princely family art collection - the basis of the state of the ruling prince of Monaco. Apart from it, he owns an expensive collection of antique cars and a collection of stamps and receives substantial income from the activities of the casino in Monte Carlo.
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Age: 56 years reign Started: 2000 Status: £ 3 billion ($ 4, 74 billion) Unlike the monarchs of the Middle East who have set up their state in the oil, their European counterparts can not boast of as a source of high-yield savings. That Duke Henri of Luxembourg, the nephew of the reigning King of Belgium Albert II, manages the state, which is composed of bank deposits, gold stocks and real estate as well as shares in various industrial companies. It is noteworthy that part of their income Henri spends on protection of wildlife, first of all - the unique Galapagos Islands.
Nizari Ismaili Imam Aga Khan IV. Age: 75 Start year reign: 1957 Status: £ 2 billion ($ 3, 16 billion) Imam Aga Khan - the head of a huge community of Ismaili Nizari (an offshoot of the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam), living in India, Oman, Syria, Tajikistan and Zanzibar . Despite the fact that the Nizari not have their own state, their current head equated to the monarch: since 1957 he has the title of "His Highness", bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II. Aga Khan IV - the owner of a herd of purebred Arabian horses numbering 900 goals, which, coupled with a share of one of the British konnoauktsionnyh homes gives him an annual income of $ 300 million. To this we must add on the income from the management of several hotels and airlines, as well as investments in tourism business Sardinia (that the efforts of the Aga Khan Emerald coast with the 1960s turned into a fashionable area of relaxation) and shares of major industrial companies.