Rich Rulers

May 7th, 2006 at 11:55 am by David Farrar

Forbes has compiled their annual list of the richest rulers. In order they are:

1. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia, $21 billion
2. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei, $20 billion
3. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates, $19 billion
4. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai, $14 billion
5. Hans Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, $4 billion
6. Prince Albert II, Monaco, $1 billion
7. Fidel Castro, Cuba, $900 million
8. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea, $600 million
9. Queen Elizabeth II, Queen/U.K., $500 million
10. Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Netherlands, $270 million

So the only two non royals who make the list are Fidel Castro and the President of Equatorial Guinea. Has there even been a poor communist leader?

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9 Responses to “Rich Rulers”

  1. Darren () says:

    The muslim leaders do quite well, also.

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  2. Robert Mugabe () says:

    It would appear that I have been omitted from the list! I will order my High Court judges to sue immediately. This is clearly a deliberate colonialist slur perpetrated on the sovereign nation of Zimbabwe.

    And that Mbasogo fellow is a tacky upstart anyway.

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  3. George () says:

    Don’t they count Cuba’s wealth as Castro’s? State-owned and all? Or is that just Castro talking shit?

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  4. MCMC () says:

    Surely you’ve read Animal Farm DPF? Some pigs learn to walk upright and wear clothes…

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  5. burt () says:

    Crikey, If the richest chap had invested all his money in Telecom, he would now be third. ($19.32 Billion – loss of 8%). Bet he’s glad he didn’t put all his eggs in one basket.

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  6. Mr Bean () says:

    um, Queen Elizabeth II a “ruler”? is there something I don’t know? I’m not aware of any decision making that she makes for the Commonwealth? (apart from declaring Commonwealth Games open)

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  7. libertyscott () says:

    Kim jong Il must be sad as well as ronery!

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  8. Michael (The Right Wing One) () says:

    Saddam used to be fourth on that list. Now he’s broke.

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  9. alice () says:

    hello, site is cool.

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