The Way that always Was
The Monarchy get their their hands on million of acres of land, which belongs to the countries they govern; the land becomes the property of the Emperor or country's leader. Here is a list of the largest land owners in the world.
10. Letsie III, the King of Lesotho's
Letsie III, - (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso; 17 July 1963), holds 3,034,948 hectares of Lesotho, including the country's diamond mines. King Letsie is in his second term being the Monarch of Lesotho, as in the past has been replaced by his father while in exile, then one year later, he rose again to the throne after his father died.
9. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan's
Owns 3,884,982 acres of fertile agricultural land and unique in the kingdom of Bhutan. Former student at Philips Andover Academy, he became king on 14 December 2006, and was officially crowned on 1 November 2008 and became the force behind the rebirth of democracy in Bhutan.
8. King Abdullah II of Jordan
KingAbdullahIIof Jordan controls Hashemi 9,229,940 acres of the kingdom of Jordan, one of the few members of both the Arab League and the World Trade Organisation. Heir of his father, the popular King Hussein, is one of the most loyal U.S. allies in the region, and currently face the same problems that cross the entire Middle East. King played a secondary role in StarTrek: The Next Generation.
7. King Gyanendra of Nepal
King Gyanendra of Nepal, owns 14,762,932 hectares in Nepal, which means that, theoretically, including even Mount Everest. Even if the country switched to a Maoist republic political structure type, in the 1990s, the royal family retains the entire Nepal. Gyanendra has the title of head of state, but it is an antitheticalfriend of the socialist government.
6. Sultan Qaboos of Oman
Sultan Qaboos of Oman, controls the whole land, mostly desert of Oman, which includes the ports of Sur coast, a major trade in the region. Oman Qaboos is both leader and military forces. It is a Westernized leader in comparison with its neighbors. He leaves the women to work in his office, which he called Diwan.
5. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thailand's King Bhumibol
The total he owns is 51,799,762 hectares in Thailand including the country's coastline, important for tourism, but also economically strong cities. Bhumihol was crowned king in 1950 after 11 years of changing the name of the country from Siam to Thailand. It is the longest reigning Asian and he is so loved by the people, that a rumor about his deteriorating health caused a strong shock to the country's financial markets in 2009.
4. King Mohammed VI of Morocco
King Mohammed VI of Morocco, holds the 71,062,798 ha of Morocco, the historical point of trade between Europe and Africa has developed a pretty healthy economy despite the 20th century and beginning of 21st century turmoil. Mohammed is the first great advocate of democracy from any monarchy ever mentioned in history, which goes ways back to 1036. The properties and assets he has inherited is a fortune estimated and at $ 2 billion.
3. Pope Benedict
Pope Benedict has the 44 hectares of the "Great Spirit ", which is Vatincan, plus roughly 71,629,358 acres of land owned by the Catholic church worldwide, including hundreds of embassies belonging to legal United Vatican Holy as an independent nation.
2. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, has absolute control over the 214,969,013 hectares of oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a GDP that year was estimated at around 618 billion dollars. Heir to the throne of his father, King Fahd, King Abdullah continued the diplomatic dance with the U.S. started by his father, about the oil rights in the Saudi. His recent problems with people revolt, have the oil prices blew up to the sky.
Additional list of wealthiest people of the world
The list is showing the number ascending.
Although this is a list of the wealthiest of the landowners, there is a list of the wealthiest people in the world. Additional info are found also on Wikipedia
1. Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II -
The Queen has 2,670,925,238 acres of property around the world, including Great Britain,Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia and several other parcels here and there. Do not forget the Falkland Islands. The third (and soon the second), the longest-serving monarch of England, Elizabeth II has over the States of the Common wealth royal title. Queen Elizabeth is by far the largest landowner in the world, ranked in the second context, King Abdullah, has about 12% of land area that the Queen owns.
Bob on November 04, 2013:
Well, the queen doesn't really count. She doesn't technically own the land. She can't sell it.
Carolina Dursina (author) from Spring Green WI on June 12, 2011:
Thank you for the info, I didn't research that in the recent time!