1 February 2013, 12:50

Forbes unveils 15 richest royals list

Forbes unveils 15 richest royals list

Forbes magazine has released a list of the world's 15 richest royal persons, with British Queen Elizabeth II taking the top place.

The magazine says the Queen’s wealth is estimated at £60 billion ($94.8), which includes the estimates of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James’s Palace, Holyrood Palace, Windsor Castle, some other real estates and unique objects. Noteworthy, some of the assets, typically associated with the British Queen, are not her personal possessions, they are held in trust for the nation.

Royals from the Persian Gulf area were given seven places at once, including the second and third places.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud has been ranked number second, his personal fortune assessed at £40 billion ($63.2).

The following third place was given to Emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. According to Forbes, the sheikh’s fortune is £30 billion ($47.4), according to Forbes.

King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain with a fortune worth $5.53 has appeared to be the “poorest” of all Persian Gulf royals, according to the magazine. He was ranked #11. 

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with an assessed fortune worth over £40 and Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein with an estimated net worth of $6,32 billion were ranked #7 and #12 respectively.

The fifteenth line was occupied by Shah Karim al-Hussayni, The Aga Khan IV with an estimated net worth $3.16 billion. The Aga Khan IV is the current Imam of Ismaili Muslims. Though not presiding over any country or geographic territory, the Aga Khan IV has the title "His Highness", bestowed upon him by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1957.

Voice of Russia, Newsru.com

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