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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Travancore Royals may have been the Richest Royals in the World

Trivandrum, 6 July 2011: Now Sree Padmanabha swami temple has become the richest temple in the world, another analysis on the huge wealth discovered from the temple has come out. According to a media report, if the present king Sri Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma owned the temple treasue he would be the second richest royal in the world.

According to the Forbes magazine which publishes the list of wealthiest persons in the world, King Bhumibol of Thailand is the richest living royal in the world with a wealth of $30 billion. Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, comes second with $20 billion. The current unearthed wealth from the Sree Padmanabha Temple accounts to about $22 billion and still counting. As per reports the Travancore Raja may become the world's richest royal after the final report is out. But the Royal family is not at all interested in the wealth. According to history, in 1750, humble kings of Travancore has surrendered their wealth to Lord Vishnu (Sree Padmanabha) the diety of the temple and later ruled the state as the servant of the Lord.

Here is the list of Worlds Richest Royals published by The Forbes Magazine in 2010

1. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand
Fortune: $30 billion

2. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
Fortune: $20 billion

3. King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz, Saudi Arabia
Fortune: $18 billion

4. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, United Arab Emirates
Fortune: $15 billion

5. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai
Fortune: $4.5 billion

6. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Fortune: $3.5 billion

7. King Mohammed IV, Morocco
Fortune: $2.5 billion

8. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar
Fortune: $2.4 billion

9. Prince Albert II, Monaco
Fortune: $1 billion

10. Prince Karim Al Husseini, Aga Khan
Fortune: $800 million

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