Who are the wealthiest rulers in the world and how did they acquire their fortunes? Here is a list of the top five richest monarchs and some facts about their lives and reigns.

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  • King Rama X of Thailand ($30-43 billion): He is the oldest monarch on the list, at 71 years old. He inherited the throne in 2016, after his father’s death. He is known for his controversial lifestyle, having married four times and spending most of his time in Germany. He also took direct control of the royal assets, which increased his wealth significantly. He rules over a strict monarchy, where any criticism of the royal family is illegal.
  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei ($20-28 billion): He is the second longest-reigning monarch on the list, having ascended the throne in 1967. He has absolute power over his country, which is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world. He lives in a lavish palace, with more than 1,700 rooms and 200,000 square metres of floor space. His wealth comes mainly from his country’s oil and gas reserves, which make Brunei one of the richest countries per capita in the world.
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia ($18 billion): He is the oldest monarch on the list, at 88 years old. He became king in 2015, after his half-brother’s death. He is largely represented by his son and crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country. He belongs to the House of Saud, a large and influential royal family, with about 15,000 members. His wealth comes mainly from his country’s oil production, which accounts for most of the country’s economy.
  • Emir Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi ($15 billion): He is the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and richest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. He also serves as the president of the UAE, a federation of hereditary monarchies. He came to power in 2004, after his father’s death. He oversees the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, which manages the emirate’s oil wealth.
  • King Mohammed VI of Morocco ($2-8 billion): He is the youngest monarch on the list, at 58 years old. He ascended the throne in 1999, after his father’s death. He is a constitutional monarch, who shares power with an elected parliament and prime minister. He is also the leader of the Alawite dynasty, which claims descent from the Prophet Muhammad. He owns a large business conglomerate, which has interests in various sectors, such as banking, agriculture, mining, and telecommunications.

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