When we speak about Kings or Queens of the world, we tend to think of Medieval Ages and castles, but unbelievably, the living Kings and Queens of the world are no less in power or property than their predecessors and their palaces are no less than the fabled ones at Xanadu. The amount of money these kings or queens worth can be jaw dropping - some are worth nearly $22 billion. Here’s a list of the top 10 Kings and Queens of the world and their beautiful palaces:
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah- Sultan Brunei
The 29th Sultan of Brunei carrying a 600-year old Muslim dynasty forward is worth $20 billion. His official residence Istana Nurul Iman Palace - Bandar Seri Begawan, is probably the biggest palace in the world (worth USD350 million).
The United Arab Emirates - Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan
60 years of age, President of the UAE and hereditary ruler of its capital emirate, Abu Dhabi as well hit the headlines by buying the New York’s Chrysler Building for a hopping $800 million. Emirates palace, his residence is a US$3 billion hotel managed with nearly 400 rooms and suites.
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz - Saudi Arabia
Worth $21 billion, a city costing $26 billion is being constructed in his honor. The king is the founder of the Equestrian Club in Riyadh and takes interest in Arabian horse breeding. His official residence King's Palace in Riyadh is also called "King Saud Palace”.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej - King Thailand
Reigning since 1946, he is the longest serving Head of the State of Thailand. He has a personal property of $35 billion dollars. He is also a world record holder for receiving as many as 136 honorary university degrees. His official residence Grand Palace – Bangkok is still a must watch for visitors for its amazing art work.
Prince Albert II – Monaco
The head of the House of Grimaldi, Prince Allbert II is a successor of his father. He is the first head of the state to have reached North Pole. He also acts as a Global Advisor to Orphans International. Owning a property worth $1.4 billion, he stays at the Palace of Monaco. The palace is uniquely built on a site of a fortress built by the Genoese in 1215.
Queen Elizabeth II – Queen/U.K.
Ascending the throne at the age of 25, she is the oldest living monarch in British history. She has love for horses. With as many as 775 rooms it has been serving as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns for more than 135 years.
Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard - Queen/Netherlands
70 years of age, rumored of stepping down to allow her eldest son to have a taste of the throne. But she was deprived by the fate of the declining Dutch equities market.
Akihito - Emperor of Japan
Ascended to the throne in 1989 and became the 125th Emperor in Japan. He is the world's only reigning monarch whose title is translated into English as "Emperor". The official residence Imperial Palace is open for public only on January 2nd and 23rd December every year.
Juan Carlos I - King of Spain
Born in Rome in 1938 he played a significant role in restoring democracy in Spain. At the age of 10 after Franco's death he became the king. His official residence The Royal Palace of Madrid s located on Bailén street. It is also known as Palacio de Oriente.
Carl XVI Gustaf - King of Sweden
He holds a personal title of Duke of Jämtland. The Swedish dynasty has King Carl XVI Gustaf as the seventh King in the Bernadotte dynasty. His official residence Royal Palace of Stockholm is situated on Stadsholmen, an island in Gamla Stan in the capital Stockholm.