Grand palaces, lavish weddings, jet-setting trips — given their high-flying lifestyle, you might assume the queen of England and her extended family must be rolling in cash. But that’s not quite the case, say people who’ve tried to put a dollar amount on the net worth of the British royals. Collectively, the key members of the House of Windsor are worth somewhere between $775 million and $1 billion, according to estimates.
A family fortune in the nine figures might sound like a lot to us humble commoners, but compared to other royals around the world, Queen Elizabeth isn’t particularly wealthy. The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is worth more than $17 billion. The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, is now the head of a royal family estimated to be worth $30 billion. Prince Albert of Monaco’s net worth is pegged at $1 billion. And the queen isn’t even among the richest people in the U.K.
Although the British royals might not top the list of the world’s wealthiest, they’re not exactly short of funds. Here’s what 15 famous members of the British royal family are worth.
1. Queen Elizabeth
Estimated net worth: $425 million
Queen Elizabeth has a personal fortune of around $425 million, according to Fortune. Much of that derives from her ownership of Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House. Those two estates are the personal property of the queen, rather than being owned by the Crown Estate. What’s the difference? She could potentially sell Balmoral Castle to raise money. But she’s not allowed to dispose of any property belonging to the Crown, though she does get income from it. She also owns outright a valuable stamp collection, jewelry, and possibly a portfolio of blue-chip stocks.
In 2017-18, the income from Crown Estate properties (known as the Sovereign Grant) amounted to about $98.1 million. Those millions are used to pay for the upkeep of palaces, staff salaries, travel for the queen and other royals, and other expenditures. In addition, the queen received $24.8 million in 2016 in income from the Duchy of Lancaster. The queen also holds in trust a vast private art collection that’s worth somewhere between $10 billion and $13 billion.
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