Queen Beatrix 10th richest head of state
5 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix is 10th richest head of state in the world, according to a list of the wealthiest kings, queens and dictators compiled annually by American financial magazine Forbes.
5 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix is 10th richest head of state in the world, according to a list of the wealthiest kings, queens and dictators compiled annually by American financial magazine Forbes.
Forbes says the Dutch monarch is worth an estimated USD 270 million (EUR 212 million), while her British counterpart, Elizabeth II, has an estimated wealth of USD 500 million.
Both Beatrix and Elizabeth are put in the shade by the royalty of the oil rich Arab states. Saudi King Abdullah, for instance, tops the list unchallenged with an estimated wealth of USD 21 billion.
But it is not only royalty who have been able to put something aside for a rainy day. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has increased his wealth substantially in recent years to USD 900 million, Forbes claims. The Communist leader reacted angrily last year when Forbes said he was worth USD 550 million.
And Forbes reported last year that the power and influence Queen Beatrix can command had declined. She dropped out of the magazine’s ranking of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She was in 35th place on this list in 2004.
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