King of Thailand Net Worth $30 Billion
Born on December 5th, 1927, younger son of HRH Prince Mahidol Aduljadej and HRH Princess Srinagarindra; Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Of Thailand is the longest reigning monarch in Thailand’s history and the longest serving Head of State in the history of the world. Bhumibol was born in Boston while his father was studying at Harvard and he himself was educated in Switzerland at Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande in Lausanne.
He worked his way through college and in 1945 he began studying science at the University of Lausanne. He returned to Thailand along with his family after the world war was over. Bhumibol’s uncle abdicated the throne and his older brother got to be the King of Thailand, but as destiny would want it, his brother was shot dead mysteriously and responsibility of the Thai Throne fell on the young shoulders of Bhumibol. He was barely 18 years old at that time. The politics of Thailand were dominated by military strongmen; Bhumibol used his royal authority to contain these men and held the dignity and strength of the Throne.
As Thailand opened its doors to the world and Thai politics became more transparent, Bhumibol became even more influential and he came to be considered as the ‘Living Buddha’ by the Thai people. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who will turn 86 this coming December is the world’s richest ruler by a very comfortable margin. In 2010 his personal property was estimated by Forbes to be $30 billion. However, this estimation also includes the property managed by the Crown Property Bureau which is considered a national property. Right in the heart of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the King owns 3320 acres and this stretches to 13,200 acres while taking into account his town and country holdings. Aggregate income from the property, as of the year 2010, came to 2.5 billion Baht ($80 million at current rates). If we take into account the list of properties either in the name or managed by the CPB, then there can be no doubt that Bhumibol is the world’s richest Royal. However, it is said that the property managed by the CPB is a national property and it could not be considered as the personal property of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The policies that regulate the CPB are not transparent enough to explain the curiosity that it arouses.