The 84-year-old king of Saudi Arabia is
worth over US$ 21 billion. King
Abdullah is known for his benevolence. He bore the
entire expenditure of operation of Polish conjoined
twins. He was reciprocated with "honorary
citizenship" of the Polish town where the twins
were born. The King's palace in Riyadh
is more than 1 sq. mile in area. The palace has polished
stone walkways and serene water bodies. The pink
palatial buildings are true architectural marvels.
Official residence: King's Palace in Riyadh
4. Haji Hassanal Bolkiah – Sultan of Brunei
The 62-year Sultan of Brunei, the 29th
heir to the throne of an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim
dynasty, has a net asset worth of $20 billion.
The Sultan has anything between 3000 to 6000
cars in his collection. The Istana
Nurul Iman palace, the Sultan's official
residence, provides visitors a spectacular sight. It is the
biggest palace in the world, much bigger than
the Vatican palace. US$ 350 million was spent in
erecting the palace. It has 1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms
and the total floor area is 2,152,782 sq. feet.
Official residence: Istana Nurul Iman Palace
5. Hans-Adam II – Prince of Liechtenstein
The 63-year-old prince is the 15th in succession to
the throne of Liechtenstein. His net
worth is 5 billion US$. Castle
Schloss Vaduz is his official residence. The
palace overlooks the town of Vaduz, the capital of
Liechtenstein. The main alter has a late-gothic
architecture. The original entrance of the spectacular
palace has a height of 11 m.
Official residence: Castle Schloss Vaduz
6. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani
– Emir of Qatar
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani
and his daughter and chief of staff Sheikha (Princess)
Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani
Sheikh Hamad, Emir of Qatar is aged 56
worth 2 billion US$. Sheikh Hamad is
instrumental in developing Qatar's oil and natural gas
resources. His fame is also attributed to the
modernization of the country's armed forces. His Royal
Palace is in Doha. He does not live there. The
palace is mainly used for parliamentary affairs and for
Official residence: Royal Palace in Doha
7. Mohammed VI – King of Morroco
Morocco's King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla
The 46-year-old Moroccan king has asset
strength of 1.5 billion US$. The
king is reputed for his drive to modernize the society
and inject a culture of accountability. He has tried to
eradicate poverty from Moroccan society. The Royal
Palace in Rabat is open to the public. The
king has a personal mosque within the palatial complex.
The palace is famous for its lush green gardens and the
entrance gates are truly majestic.
Official residence: Royal Palace in Rabat
8. Albert II – Prince of Monaco
Prince Albert II, aged 50, is the current ruler of the
Principality of Monaco. His net worth is 1.4
billion US$. He is the first head of state to
have visited the North Pole. He is also the Global
Advisor to Orphans International. His palace remains
open to the public during the summer. The palace hosts
many functions ranging from open-air concerts to
children's Christmas parties. It has an Italian-styled
gallery and lot of awesome salons. The palace has
several attractions. Among them the Throne Room, which
overwhelms you with memoirs of the Renaissance period,
and the Sainte-Marie Tower are notable.
Official residence: Prince's Palace of Monaco
9. Qaboos Bin Said – Sultan of Oman
Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, has
royal properties worth $1.1 billion.
The 67-year-old Sultan captured the throne after
overthrowing his father. His riches are accounted to
surplus oil production. He owns a 500 ft yacht. The Al
Alam Royal Palace, the residence of the Sultan,
overlooks the serene Muscat harbour. The regal palace is
an exquisite marvel of art and architecture. Simply
stated, the palace seems to be taken out of a fairy tale
Official residence: Qasr al Alam Royal Palace
10. Prince Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan
– leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims
Prince Aga Khan, aged 71, is the spiritual leader of
15 million Ismaili Muslims. Aga Khan, worth 1
billion US$, chairs the Aga Khan Development
Network that invests in Asian and African development
projects. He donated his palace to India in 1969 in the
honor of Mahatma Gandhi and the Gandhian philosophy. The
palace, located in Pune, India was built in 1892. The
main aim behind construction of the Aga Khan palace was
to provide employment to local people hard-hit by
Official residence: Aga Khan Palace
11. Elizabeth II – Queen of U.K.
Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest living emperor in the
history of United Kingdom at the age of 82.
Her net worth is 650 million US$. She
plans to rule until she becomes physically unable. The Buckingham
palace is the official residence of the
royals. It is also a site for hosting state occasions
and welcoming international guests. The palace, having
775 rooms, is kept open for visitors on a regular basis.
Official residence: Buckingham Palace
12. Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah – Emir of Kuwait
It is interesting to note that Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah,
the Emir of Kuwait, does not have a royal
blood. He was the foreign minister of
Kuwait and ascended to the throne in 2006
after the crown prince became too ill to rule. The royal
wealth is estimated at 500 million US$.
However, his wealth comes in the form of a stipend. He
is promoting economic reforms in Kuwait currently. Dar
Salwa palace is the official residence of the
Official residence: "Dar Salwa" Palace
13. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
– Queen of Netherlands
Queen Beatrix Armgard, the queen of Netherlands,
has a net asset worth of 300 million US$.
The queen is rumoured to have stepped down so that his
eldest son can ascend the throne. This will make her son
the first Dutch king in over a century. Huis ten Bosch
Palace is the official royal palace of the
Official residence: Huis ten Bosch Palace
14. Mswati III – King of Swaziland
Swaziland's King Mswati III (in the
King Mswati, the king of Swaziland, has
a net worth of 200 million US$. The
king, ascending to the throne at a tender age of 18, has
reportedly spent 2.5 million US$ to celebrate 40 years
of his country's independence along with his 40th
birthday. He leads a lavish lifestyle and has 13 brides.
Lozitha Palace is the official
residence of the king.
Official residence: Lozitha Palace
15. Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa
– King of Bahrain
King Of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al
Khalifa With George W. Bush
Sheikh Hamad is the emir of Bahrain
since 2002. He is an alumnus of the Cambridge
University. He takes active interest in preserving the
country's cultural heritage. Sports and fishing are also
his areas of interest. The Riffa Palace
is his official residence.
Official residence: Riffa Palace
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16. Albert II – King of Belgium
Albert, the king of Belgium, is the titular
head of state. He symbolizes the entire nation and
appoints the Belgian cabinet after an election. The Royal
Palace in Brussels, known as Palais Royal, is
the King's palace. However, he prefers to live in
Chateau de Laeken. The Royal palace is a
neo-classic architectural marvel. It is open to public
Official residence: Royal Palace in Brussels
17. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Mizan Zainal Abidin
– Sultan of Terengganu, Malaysia
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al Wathiqu Billah,
Al-Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Al-Sultan
Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Al-Haj (Center)
Yang Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu,
is the youngest Malay ruler. There are six sultans in
Malaysia. One of these six, in this case Yang Zainal
Abidin, has been elected as the King of Malaysia. He is
the constitutional head of the country. His official
residence is Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
The palace has a ground area of 28 acres. It overlooks
the Klang River.
Official residence: Istana Negara - Kuala Lumpur
18. Margaret II – Queen of Denmark
Margaret II, the queen of Denmark, is a
great painter. She is also known for her addiction to
tobacco. The queen has multiple palaces. The winter
residence is at Amalienborg palace; the
summer residence is at Marselisborg palace (or Graasten
Palace or on the royal yacht); and the spring and autumn
residence is at Fredensborg Palace.
Official residence: Amalienborg Palace ( winter )
19. Akihito – the Emperor of Japan
Emperor Akihito is the 125th emperor of
Japan. His rule is now merely ceremonial. The
king is considered to be a direct descendent of God. The
Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the
official residence of the emperor. It is open to the
public on just two days of the year – January 2, when
the king wishes New Year to his subjects, and on
December 23rd – his birthday.
Official residence: Imperial Palace in Tokyo
20. Abdullah II – King of Jordan
King Abdullah is the constitutional head of Jordon
and retains substantial power. He has contributed
greatly to the economic revival of the country and he is
applauded for his pro-reform outlook. He is an alumnus
of the Oxford University. The Raghadan Palace
is the official residence of the King.
Official residence: Raghadan Palace
21. Henri – Grand Duke of Luxemburg
Henri, the Grand Duke, is the head of the
state of Luxemburg. He is known for his
anti-euthanasia stands. Interestingly, he is a member of
the International Olympic committee. The Grand
Ducal Palace is his official residence. It is
an awesome palace, located in the middle of the city.
Built in 1572 as a town hall, it has become a palace
replete with history.
Official residence: The Grand Ducal Palace
22. Harald V – King of Norway
Harald V is the king of Norway. The
king has no real powers, but only ceremonial authority.
He resides in the Royal Palace in Oslo.
The palace was built in the first half of the 19th
Official residence: Royal Palace, Oslo
23. Juan Carlos I – King of Spain
Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain, is
highly popular among his subjects. He helped in
establishing democratic governance in Spain. The Royal
Palace in Madrid is the designated residence
of the King, although the king prefers to live in a
smaller palace on the outskirts of Madrid. The Royal
Palace is still used for state occasions. It is the
largest palace in Western Europe. It has a total area of
135,000 sq. m and has over 2800 rooms.
Official residence: The Royal Palace of Madrid
24. Carl XVI Gustaf – King of Sweden
The present monarch of Sweden is King Carl XVI Gustaf.
He is the seventh king in the Bernadotte dynasty of
Sweden. The Royal Palace of Stockholm
is the official residence of the king. However, the
private residence of the royal family is the
Drottningholm palace. The palace has 609 rooms and is
considered as one of the largest royal palaces in the
Official residence: Royal Palace of Stockholm
24. Norodom Sihamoni – King of Combodia
Norodom Sihamoni is the king of Combodia,
although under the present constitution, he has no real
power. The royal palace of Phnom Penh
is his official residence. The palace was constructed
over a century ago and it hosts all major ceremonial
functions of the country. Foreign dignitaries also stay
Official residence: Royal Palace of Phnom Penh
26. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
– The Dragon king of Bhutan
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchukm
is the Dragon king of the secluded
Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The
Oxford-educated bachelor of 28 years is the youngest
reigning monarch in the world. The Tashichoedzong
Palace is the official residence of the royal
family. The palace houses the government and the central
clergy of monks. It remains open to the public during
festivals, weekends, and after office hours.
Official residence: Tashichoedzong Palace
27. George Tupou V – The king of Tonga
George Tupou V is the ruler of the Polynesian
archipelago that consists of 150 islands. The king lives
in the royal palace of Nukualofa, the
capital. The palace is wooden and is not open to the
people. The king made strong fencing arrangements after
some people broke the old, sacred fence after 1990.
Official residence: Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa Tonga
28. Letsie III – The king of Lesotho
(Letsie III / lesotho.gov.
Letsie III is the king of Lesotho.
Interestingly, Lesotho is the only independent state in
the world that lies over 1000 meters above sea level.
The Royal Palace in Maseru is the
official residence of the king.
Official residence: Royal Palace in Maseru,
Palace in Maseru / ornamentalsheep.