Royal families around the world have captivated us normal folk with their lavish lifestyles, which tend to include gorgeous palaces, sparkling jewels, and more than one person to wait on their every need. But not every royal is created equal, with some having a net worth far greater than others.
While King Felipe VI of Spain has a solid net worth of $20 million, and Queen Elizabeth II has $550 million, they both look “broke” compared to King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s $2.1 billion. Keep scrolling and take a look inside the wealth of some of the royals around the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II ($550 Million)
The only people in Britain whose wealth rivals the Queen’s net worth are Victoria and David Beckham. Leave it to a Spice Girl and a football star, two of Britain’s finest exports. Most of the Queen’s monstrous worth comes from her properties. She’s got a $140 million castle in the Scottish Highlands and the $65 million Sandringham House. She’s also got a few unique collections. The Queen is the owner of every single wild swan in the U.K., and she’s got the largest stamp collection in the world.
On top of her over $10 billion real estate holdings and royal art collection, Queen Elizabeth II gets a $12.9 million government stipend for her role (which includes a small amount of taxpayer money).
Prince Philip ($20 Million)
There aren’t too many 97-year-olds who are still raking in nearly half a million a year, but Prince Philip, who celebrated the massive birthday recently, is one of the lucky few.
Prince Philip gets paid just for his title, which shockingly isn’t King. The Duke of Edinburgh never took the title of King because of strict regulations but he’s still getting a massive $442,000 a year for his royal title. Most of that is for the public duties he carries out in support of the Queen. We know the Queen is a total boss lady, but it doesn’t hurt to have faithful and loving husband by your side.
Prince Charles ($100 Million)
The Duke of Cornwall is the current heir to the throne, which is why he’s got a gargantuan net worth. No other royal besides his mum has him beat. Though Prince Charles may have an estimated $100 million in cash, his assets are thought to be much, much higher (like around $1.3 billion kind of higher) – but that’s not all.
Prince Charles has a huge real estate portfolio. Though he doesn’t own the properties, he’s entitled to receive income from the land because he’s the sole beneficiary of the properties. In 2017, he raked in $25 million from his real estate portfolio alone.
Queen Beatrix Of The Netherlands ($200 Million)
Although she abdicated the throne in 2013 after 33 years of service, Queen Beatrix is still considered to be one of the most famous figures when it comes to the Dutch royal family. Even so, passing on the title of Queen didn’t exactly leave her hurting in terms of cash flow.
The former Queen’s net worth is estimated to be around $200 million. Of course, the number isn’t overly surprising, considering the dutch royal family owns a 60 percent stock ownership in the gas and oil company Shell.
Prince William ($40 Million)
Prince William is second in line to the throne and as a result, has a pretty big net worth. Both he and his brother Prince Harry collected a huge chunk of their worth through an inheritance they received on their 30th birthdays. It included £13m in trust and estate from their mother Princess Diana, who tragically passed away in a car accident years before.
William also pulled in $450,000 per year in investment profits by the time he was 21 and receives an allowance from his father that’s rumored to be around $4.6 million. Though Prince William was a helicopter pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance, he donates his $62,000 salary to charity. Who needs it when you’re that rich? His wealth is only expected to increase once his father takes the throne.
Prince Harry ($40 Million)
Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne. Yes, he’s beat out by his own children. In any event, he’s still as rich as his brother who is the current second heir. Prince Harry is so rich that he donated his estimated $45,000 salary from the Army Air Corps to charity.
Like his brother, Harry gained access to a £13m inheritance when he turned 30. He also received $450,000 a year in investments around age 21 and a rumored $4.6 million allowance from his father, the Duke of Cornwall and current heir to the throne.
Kate Middleton ($10 Million)
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a rags-to-riches story of sorts. She wasn’t always a royal, but after her wedding to Prince William in 2011, she sealed the deal. Despite being a commoner, Middleton’s family was very wealthy. They had a net worth of $50 million largely thanks to Party Pieces, a wildly successful online party supply business.
Middleton is also a notorious saver. She doesn’t really spend her family’s cash. Her wardrobe expenses are paid for by Prince Charles and most of her travel costs are funded by the countries she visits. If you’re looking at her national worth, it’s a whole lot more than $10 million because she drives UK clothing sales and tourism.
King Felipe VI Of Spain ($20 Million)
King Felipe VI ascended the throne of Spain in June of 2014. Since then, his majesty has actually cut his personal salary 20 percent, leaving him with an annual income of $267,447. Since the King’s current net worth is $20 million, it doesn’t look like he’s struggling too much with the cut.
Even so, King Felipe and his family enjoy the luxuries of being one of the wealthiest royals in the world. According to Business Insider, they have five royal county residences as well as eight royal palaces at their disposal.
Meghan Markle ($5 Million)
Meghan Markle used to do freelance calligraphy between acting auditions in order to make ends meet. Despite the fact that numerous members of her family have filed for bankruptcy over the years (including her own father), the actress was independently wealthy before she ever became a royal. It’s estimated that she earned around $50,000 per episode of Suits and was thought to have brought in around half a million a year from acting and sponsorships.
Markle has a net worth of around $5 million, which increased when she tied the knot to Prince Harry. She had to ditch her acting career, but she gained an inheritance and a similar allowance to the ones the royal brothers receive from the Duke of Cornwall. There’s still no word on whether or not she signed a prenup.
Prince George ($3.6 Billion)
Prince George may be just four years old, but he’s probably richer than you’ll ever be (unless you’re a billionaire, in which case, kudos). As third in line to the throne, he’s a pretty big deal even though he doesn’t realize it yet. Almost all of his money is in an inheritance, which he can’t touch until he’s a little bit older.
Prince George will never have to work a day in his life, unless you count royal duties (there will surely be more than a few cups of tea had, but they’ll likely be poured by someone else). His net worth was also calculated based on his value to the British economy. He’s got the potential to drive billions in sales to the UK.
Princess Charlotte ($5 Billion)
Princess Charlotte is fourth in line for the throne, right behind her older brother Prince George. Yet, she’s estimated to be worth over $1.5 billion more than her older brother. Why? Charlotte is a fashion icon in the making. She has what’s known as the “Charlotte effect” (when everything she wears sells out within 24 hours). This was first tested with a pastel yellow cardigan from a popular British department store. Just 24 hours after pictures of the tot in her sweater surfaced, the store had sold out.
Charlotte’s net worth was also calculated through a mix of her inheritance and her value to the UK economy. If her outfit choices sell out like her mom’s do, she’s worth quite a bit more than Prince George. Sorry, but boys’ clothes just aren’t as interesting.
Queen Margrethe II Of Denmark ($40 Million)
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has been on the throne since 1972 and has lived a very cushy lifestyle. The Queen’s net worth is around $40 million, with The Danish Civil List granting the monarchy an annual allowance of $12.8 million.
Of course, the Queen puts her money to good use. According to Business Insider, Queen Margrethe II uses the money to cover day-to-day operations in the royal house, her personal activities, as well as funding her private art collection.
Prince Louis ($70 Million)
Prince Louis is only a couple of months old, but the royal baby added an estimated $70 million of worth to the British economy. How could this be? Well, the royal family is thought to generate $2.5 billion every year for the UK’s economy. The new baby’s worth comes from souvenir sales and memorabilia (he’s a pretty big deal as the fifth heir to the throne). If he’s anything like his sister Princess Charlotte, everything from his clothes to the toys he plays with will push retail sales.
Prince Louis will probably bring in less for the British economy than his sister (who’s estimated to pull in £100 million a year thanks to her sartorial savvy) and his brother Prince George, who pulls in an estimated £75 million a year. Just wait until he gets a little older.
Princess Diana ($55 Million)
Diana, the Princess of Wales, tragically passed away in August 1997 leaving behind her two young boys Prince Harry and Prince William. At the time of her death, the Princess of Wales was very wealthy. She had an estimated $55 million net worth which was a combination of family money and marrying into the royal family (obviously, that’s pretty lucrative).
Her independent wealth soared after divorcing from Charles, Prince of Wales, and reportedly received a $22.8 million lump sum along with an allowance for her private office. After her death, her estate was split and put into to two separate trusts for her sons. They received this money when they were around 30 years old.
Camilla Parker-Bowles ($5 Million)
Camilla Parker-Bowles married into the royal family years after Diana’s passing. She wed Prince Charles in April 2005, but was always well off. Her father was the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, and she grew up on a $2 million estate in Sussex. She regularly socialized with the royals in her youth and met her future hubby in 1972. He later went on to marry Princess Diana, but the pair reconnected after Di’s tragic passing.
Parker-Bowles was a receptionist before becoming the Duchess of Cornwall. She’s estimated to have amassed a $5 million fortune – but that’s just including cash and none of The Duke of Cornwall’s real estate holdings. He’s’ got around $1.3 billion in assets and she did not sign a prenup.
Sarah Ferguson ($1 Million)
Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, only has a $1 million net worth, but that doesn’t mean she’s struggling. She currently lives in a £13 million home in an upper-crust skiing village (she can thank the Duke of York for their massive chalet, which she got in the divorce).
Fergie is one of the few scorned royals who originally wasn’t even invited to Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding (she was outright banned from William and Kate’s). Selling secrets to the press will do that. Aside from being a royal gossip, Fergie has held numerous jobs since her divorce including decades-long endorsements with Weight Watchers and Avon. She’s currently a public speaker, TV personality, and film producer.
Prince Albert II Of Monaco ($1 Billion)
Prince Albert II is the reigning Prince of Monaco and the head of the house of Grimaldi. To give some perspective, Monaco is about half the size of New York’s Central Park, and Prince Albert owns a quarter of it. But we doubt the Prince is picky about the size of his country, considering he has a net worth of a billion dollars.
Aside from Monaco, Prince Albert also owns the Philadelphia-area childhood home of Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, his mother, which he reportedly purchased for $754,000. His fortune also includes a dazzling antique car collection, a pricey stamp collection, and a stake in the Monte Carlo resort.
Prince Andrew ($82 Million)
Prince Andrew is quite familiar with two things: money and scandal. The Duke of York’s marriage to Sarah Ferguson was thought to have ended over a toe-sucking scandal. Yes, it was as bizarre as it sounds. Fergie was famously photographed having her toes sucked by her financial advisor in a posh garden in the South of France. Andrew ended the marriage that same year.
Despite the drama, Prince Andrew is still massively rich thanks to hard work (who would have thought?). He’s listed as a patron, president, and colonel of over 130 organizations, charities, and military regiments. He’s also got some great stock market investments and property holdings along with owning the football team London Angels, a vodka brand, and a perfume.
Princess Beatrice ($5 million)
Princess Beatrice is known for her wild hats and for being eighth in line to the throne She’s the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson (i.e. she calls the Queen ‘Nan’). So where does that $5 million come from? A royal trust that was established for Beatrice and her sister by the Queen Mother. An additional trust was set up by her parents after their 1996 divorce.
Princess Beatrice reportedly pulls in $5 million annually and is the first member of the Royal Family to appear in a movie (though we’ve definitely seen the Queen a couple of times). She also knows hard work and volunteered as a sales assistant at Selfridges during the summer of 2008 (she wanted the fashion experience and is supported mainly by her father’s private income).
Princess Eugenie ($5 Million)
Much like her younger sister, Princess Eugenie has around a $5 million net worth — largely from a trust fund set up by the Queen Mother and an additional trust fund set up by her parents after their divorce. She’s ninth in line to the British throne, but that doesn’t mean she’s never worked.
Princess Eugenie is the associate director of Hauer & Wirth, a London-based art gallery. She happens to live right next door to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace. Her three bedroom cottage, which she shares with fiancé Jack Brooksbanks, is known as Ivy Cottage.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Of Saudi Arabia ($18 Billion)
While King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia’s personal net worth is around $18 billion, his family’s is a whole different story. According to Business Insider, the 15,000 members of the royal family are said to have a combined net worth of around $1.4 trillion!
The monumental amount of money that contributes to the family’s empire comes from a major source, the Saudi Aramco, a state-owned oil company. In 2019, the company was named the most valuable in the world.
Prince Edward ($45 Million)
As the Earl of Wessex and 10th in line for the throne, Prince Edward is sitting on a whole lot of cash. The royal is thought to be worth a whopping $45 million. He’s the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Edward tried his hand at two careers. First, he was an officer cadet in the Royal Marines but left just a couple months into his year-long training. He then decided to pursue the world of theater, his true passion. He worked as a production assistant in Really Useful Theatre Company and has some TV production credits. Today, Prince Edward attends to his royal duties as the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Sophie Helen ($45 Million)
Sophie Helen, the Countess of Wessex, has amassed a similar net worth to her husband Prince Edward. Unlike most royals, Sophie knows a hard day’s work. Before marrying into the royal family she was a publicist. Today, she’s quit her day job and moved her efforts towards charity.
Sophie is a patron of numerous organizations with her $45 million of wealth. She works with the SAFC Foundation (Sunderland A.F.C.’s charity), Girlguiding UK, and Tomorrow’s People Trust. She also spends her days assisting the Queen with foreign royal events. As a former publicist, she has a knack for organizing the Queen’s affairs.
King Abdullah II Of Jordon ($750 Million)
After his father passed away in 1999, King Abdullah II of Jordon took the throne. He is married to Rania AL-Yassin, of whom he has four children, including the Crown Prince Hussein. With a net worth of $750 million, it’s safe to say the King and his family are living a comfortable life.
With all of that money, it’s interesting to learn that the King is one of the main investors in a Star Trek theme park, an amusement park located in the $1.55 billion Red Sea Astrarium on the shores of the Red Sea.
King Carl XVI Gustaf Of Sweden ($70 Million)
In 1973, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden took to the throne; he was only 27 years old. Since then, he has been head of one of the wealthiest families in Europe, having a net worth of $70 million. The Court Administration covers the expenses of the King’s official duties, which cost $7.6 million in 2015.
But that doesn’t mean his majesty doesn’t use his funds for personal expenditures. The family’s net worth includes the ownership of Solliden Palace, a summer residence on Oland, an island located in the Baltic sea.
Princess Anne ($100 Million)
At one point, Princess Anne was second in line the throne after her mother’s accession but currently rests around 12th. She still does quite a bit better than her brothers Prince Edward and Prince Andrew and has an estimated worth of $100 million.
Princess Anne isn’t famous for her massive wealth but rather for her charitable work. She’s a patron to over 200 organizations – because if you’ve got over $100 million, why not spread it around? She also remains one of the only British royal family members to have competed in the Olympic Games and held the title of Princess Royal. She won a gold medal and two silver medals for her equestrian skills at the European Eventing Championships.
Zara Phillips ($20 Million)
Zara Phillips may be 17th in line to the throne, but the Queen’s granddaughter has an impressive wealth (even by royal standards). Phillips has a business empire. Her lucrative sponsorship deal with clothing company Musto is thought to be worth $1.55 million. She’s earned over $100,000 as the face of Howrse, an online game for equestrians, and has deals with Rolex and Land Rover.
On top of that, Phillips has launched her own range of upmarket jewelry and a line of perfumes. She’s also got numerous real estate holdings bolstering her already large net worth. She makes a whole lot more than most royals because her business endeavors would not be allowed were she an actual princess.
Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster ($13 Million)
When Major General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor passed away in 2016, he left his title and his fortune to son Hugh Grosvenor. The 7th Duke of Westminster is one of the world’s wealthiest people under the age of 30. He controls a British real estate company called Grosvenor Group, which owns roughly 300 acres in the London area. He’s also worked as an account manager for a clean technology company called Bio-bean.
Grosvenor’s family is intensely private and tries to avoid public attention whenever possible. William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, made this a little bit difficult when they named Grosvenor the godfather of their Prince George in 2013.
Lady Charlotte Wellesley ($4.8 Million)
As the daughter of the 9th Duke of Wellington, Lady Charlotte Wellesley was already well off financially. Her family, descendants of Queen Victoria, are worth tens of millions. But then she married Colombian billionaire financier Alejandro Santo Domingo in 2016 and her net worth went through the roof. The former photographer’s assistant is now on the Sunday Times Rich List.
The couple’s wealth comes from “inheritance, brewing and investment.” Their wedding was an extravagant affair held in Granada, Spain, and attended by the likes of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Spain’s former King Juan Carlos I.
King Mohammed VI Of Morocco ($2.1 Billion)
Ascending the throne in July of 1999, King Mohammed VI of Morocco quickly became the fifth richest royal in the entire world. Having an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion, it is said that he spends at least one million per day just to run his palaces. Yes, palaces, as in plural.
According to Forbes, the King’s wealth primarily comes from the country’s largest public company, Omnium Nord Africain, as well as agriculture, and phosphate mining.
Ladies Amelia, Eliza, And Kitty Spencer ($149 Million)
Twins Amelia and Eliza Spencer and their sister Kitty are the glamorous daughters of the 9th Earl Spencer, Charles Spencer. Many will recognize him best as the brother of the late Princess Diana. The Spencer family dates back to the 15th century and has some very famous names among its members, including former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Diana’s nieces are cousins to Princes William and Harry. They have a younger brother, Louis, Viscount Althorp, as well as some step-siblings. Kitty is a model who also worked in finance, while her younger sisters attend college in South Africa.
King Harald V Of Norway ($30 Million)
Ascending the throne on January 17, 1991, King Harald V of Norway has since become known as one of the world’s strongest leaders. Marrying Queen Sonja years prior to gaining the title of King, the couple now has two children as well as five grandchildren to spoil with their net worth of $30 million.
Residing at Oslo in the Royal Palace, it is said that the monarchy costs the state $72.3 million per year! This includes police escorts as well as royal expenses, and not that of the official Royal House budget.
David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Of Snowdon ($26 Million)
Twentieth in line to the throne, David Armstrong-Jones is the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the 1st Earl of Snowdon. He’s Queen Elizabeth’s nephew as well as a grandson of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. A furniture maker and former chairman of the Christie’s UK auction house, he goes professionally by the name David Linley.
Linley drew fire in 2007 for auctioning off many of his mother’s possessions, but he defended the move. Proceeds went to provide for his “family’s future and my children’s education – normal family requirements,” he said. His wife Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon, is the daughter of Charles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington, who is reportedly worth around $327 million.
Duke And Duchess Of Gloucester ($13 Million)
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He inherited his father’s position in 1974 and stopped working as an architect to focus on his duties as Duke.
The Duke is actively involved in charity work and also serves as the Chancellor of the University of Worcester. He married the Danish-born Birgitte van Deurs in 1972, and they have three children together. The couple is estimated to be worth around $13 million.
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy ($25 Million)
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy is related to both the Queen and to Prince Philip. She’s a first cousin to Elizabeth, and also Philip’s first cousin once removed. When she was born, she was sixth in line to the throne. Over the years her place in the queque has moved back 52nd!
Alexandra has worked as an ambassador to the Queen in the United Kingdom and overseas, and as such received £225,000 per year from the Civil List to cover the cost of official expenses until the program was abolished in 2013. She is reported to be worth between $22 to $25 million.
Christopher Portman, 10th Viscount Portman ($2.2 Million)
Christopher Portman became viscount when he was 41 years old, upon his father’s 1999 death. He and his family appeared on the 2005 and 2006 in the Sunday Times Rich List and have an estimated net worth of $2.2 million. Viscount Portman runs the Portman estate, a 110-acre London property, and also owns property in the U.S.
The heir apparent to the Portman Estate is his eldest son, Hon. Luke Henry Oliver Richard Berkeley Portman.
Lady Helen Taylor Represents High Fashion
The fashionably eccentric Lady Helen Taylor, 42nd in line of succession to the throne, is a great-granddaughter of King George V . She’s married to famed art dealer Timothy Taylor, and for many years was a fashion ambassador and muse to Giorgio Armani. Due to her elegant but fun wardrobe as well as her work with various charities, she’s popular with the public.
The couple’s exact net worth is not known, but considering that Timothy pays more than half a million dollars in rent for his gallery each year, it’s reasonable to assume that they’re quite comfortable financially.
Lady Amelia Windsor Is A Successful Model
Lady Amelia Windsor, 38th in line to the throne, has been called “the most beautiful royal of Britain.” We wonder if the Spencer sisters have anything to say to that! Lady Amelia is the daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and granddaughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.
She has appeared in high fashion publications including Vogue and Tatler, and she’s also been a runway model for designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Azzedine Alaia.
Lord Frederick Windsor Works As A Financial Analyst
Lord Frederick Michael George David Louis Windsor is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, currently 48th in line to the succession of the British throne. He’s a financial analyst and also serves as the president of a charity called Soldier On!
Frederick has had a rather wild reputation in the past (even reportedly holding a huge Kensington Palace party while people paid their respects during the Queen Mother’s funeral), but seems to have turned his life around for the better. He’s been married to actress Sophie Winkleman since 2009.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Of Qatar ($1.2 Billion)
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar ascended the throne after his father stepped down in 2013. While the Emir has a net worth of $1.2 billion, the royal family of Thani, which has been ruling of Qatar since the 19th century, has a combined worth of $335 billion.
A lot of the income comes from the Qatar Investment Authority. This sovereign wealth fund manages the oil and gas reserves of the country and primarily invests in the international market.