- Royal families are known for having a high net worth.
- The net worth of some European ruling royals — such as Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family— pales in comparison with the net worth of others across the globe.
- Meet the top 10 richest ruling royals in the world, ranked by their billion-dollar net worths.
If you think the net worth of Europe's royal families is high, think again.
Where some European royals have the highest net worth among the continent's royal families— such as Prince Albert II of Monaco — they rank much lower compared with other royal families around the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family's net worth of more than $500 million doesn't even make the cut for the top 10 richest royals worldwide.
Here's how much the world's richest ruling royals are worth — though note that net-worth estimations may fluctuate. (Hint: They're all billionaires.)
10. Prince Albert II, Monaco
Net worth: $1 billion
Prince Albert II of Monaco's net worth reportedly comprises one-fourth of the land he reigns over, as well as an antique car collection, shares in a Monte Carlo resort, a pricey stamp collection, and the Philadelphia-area home of his mother, Grace Kelly, which he purchased in 2016 for an estimated $754,000.
9. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani took over the throne of Qatar after his father, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down in 2013.
The former emir's estimated net worth of $2.4 billion comes from Qatar Investment Authority, which manages the country's oil and gas reserves.
8. Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg
Net worth: $4 billion
The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg doesn't receive a salary but has been granted about $324,851 every year since 1948 to carry out functions — not that they need it, as their net worth is in the billions.
7. Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Net worth: $4.5 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum— the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the emir sheikh of Dubai — has spent some of his wealth on charitable donations, such as $10 billion to create the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which focuses on helping future generations.
6. Prince Hans-Adam II, Liechtenstein
Net worth: $5 billion
The Princely House of Liechtenstein's fortune is largely due to its privately owned bank, LGT Group, and investments made through the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation, which oversees real-estate, forest, and winery assets.
5. King Mohammed VI, Morocco
Net worth: $5.7 billion
King Mohammed VI's wealth largely comes from his family's ownership of Morocco's National Investment Company, a private holding company that invests in other African countries and operates in banking, telecommunication, and renewable energy.
4. Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Net worth: $15 billion
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE and the emir of Abu Dhabi, has amassed a fortune as chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages the UAE's excess oil reserves.
3. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia
Net worth: $17 billion
The source of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's wealth comes from his family's ownership of a media group that includes the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Eqtisadiah.
2. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
Net worth: $20 billion
The sultan of Brunei profits well from the oil and gas industry — he lives in the world's largest palace, which costs more than $350 million, and is said to own more than 600 Rolls-Royces.
1. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Thailand
Net worth: $30 billion
King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his family made their money from investments derived from the Crown Property Bureau, which manages the property of the crown of the Kingdom of Thailand.
He owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the world's largest cut and faceted diamond.