News flash: the British royal family is extremely rich! Okay, you probably knew that already. But did you also know that, according to Forbes, the overall worth of the clan is about $88 billion? And when it comes to physical assets, they have some of the most remarkable art and jewelry collections in the world. That’s not even to mention all the land they own. What about the individual members of the family, though, such as Meghan and Harry? Just how much are they each worth? Let’s find out…
10. Prince George — $500,000
Okay, Prince George isn’t actually all that much of a spender, seeing as he’s not even in double figures yet. But despite his young age, George is reportedly already worth half a million dollars. And that’s only going to grow in the future. As heir to the throne, the prince already has some aspects of his life planned out for him. This includes some of the assets he’ll eventually have.
Eventually, George will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall, as the oldest child of the king or queen on the throne always does. The Duchy dates all the way back to the days of King Edward III, and it grants financial independence to the person who’s bequeathed the private estate. Lucky kid.
The official website for the Duchy of Cornwall explains, “Under the guidance of the current Duke of Cornwall, it is the Duchy’s responsibility to manage this estate in a way that is sustainable, financially viable and of meaningful value to the local community.” In time, this will be one of George’s jobs, and he’s going to need a pretty big abacus to do those sums.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are apparently so dedicated to giving George a normal childhood that he may not actually know he’s going to be king one day. Yes, while Prince William was told the truth during his early years, he’s indicated in interviews that he wants to spare his eldest son that pressure.
9. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — $5 million
Camilla Parker Bowles was born into wealth, as her father was the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex. The young Camilla was raised on a country estate, too, and sent to finishing school. Taking all this into account, she already occupied a high place in British society before joining the royal family. But Camilla is not anywhere as rich as her husband Prince Charles. Her net worth is said to be a “mere” $5 million.
That’s a pretty big sum, of course, although it’s not enough to snap up a lot of royal jewelry. Lucky for Camilla, then, that when Charles popped the question, he did so with a huge engagement ring that had once belonged to the Queen Mother. Clarence House has never revealed how much the piece is worth, but one expert has valued it from afar at approximately $225,000.
Rather than buying herself more jewels, though, Camilla appears to be trying to use her fortune for good causes. She’s a working royal and supports a lot of charities — reportedly at least 90. Her causes tend to center around supporting abuse victims, improving literacy and animal welfare. But Camilla’s role will inevitably change when the Queen passes away and Charles becomes king.
No one is sure yet what title Camilla will take when her husband is crowned. When she first came into the picture as the second wife, you see, she was so unpopular that royal experts believed she wouldn’t even be known as “queen consort.” In more recent years, however, her PR has improved considerably, meaning it’s possible a respectable designation will eventually come her way.
8. Meghan Markle — $5 million
Apparently, Meghan Markle’s net worth is, as it stands, $5 million. And she wasn’t always that rich, not by a long shot. She used to practice freelance calligraphy when acting wasn’t bringing in the dough, in fact. But Meghan’s time on the popular TV show Suits changed all that, as she ended up being paid an estimated $50,000 per episode. That’s definitely enough to get us out of bed in the morning.
On top of her enviable TV gig, Meghan was also a social media influencer before she married Prince Harry and became a duchess. She used to have a lifestyle blog called The Tig as well as an Instagram account, with these both netting her a reported $80,000. But when she became a member of the royal family, it was a whole different ballgame.
For one, Meghan is said to have received some expensive gifts from Harry. These reportedly include a Mini Cooper, a Cartier bracelet and a diptych titled Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by British artist Van Donna. But the presents may have dried up at the beginning of 2020, when the pair stepped down as working royals and stated that they would become financially independent.
While Meghan and Harry have kept quiet about their finances since then, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has been keeping track. In July 2020 she said to Entertainment Tonight, “[Harry and Meghan] do need to make money. They’ve been in LA since March, they left the royal family at the end of March, and as yet, they haven’t actually earned anything.” Of course, the couple’s Netflix deal – reportedly worth over $100 million – may change all that.
7. Princess Eugenie — $10 million
Princess Eugenie was born into royalty as the daughter of Prince Andrew. But unlike some of her cousins, she’s not a working royal. That means whenever she pops up at an official event, it’s not usually in a professional capacity. You see, Eugenie has a relatively ordinary job: associate art director at the London-based Hauser & Wirth art gallery.
Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, have inherited a great deal of money, mind you, as the Queen Mother left millions to her great-grandchildren. And when Prince Andrew divorced Sarah Ferguson in 1996, the Queen ended up adding $1.85 million into a trust fund for the couple’s two daughters, who were caught up in the scandal.
Eugenie married into money as well. Her husband, Jack Brooksbank, worked as a brand ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila company Casamigos, which was snapped up in 2017 for a cool $1 billion. It’s probably safe to assume, then, that Brooksbank isn’t hard up for cash. And this actually did cause some controversy when the time came to pay the couple’s wedding bill.
Yes, plenty of people objected to the cost of Eugenie’s 2018 wedding. Though the ceremony itself was paid for by the royals, the security fees came out of the taxpayer’s pocket. Almost 50,000 people signed a petition objecting to this fact, while anti-monarchy group Republic wrote that the issue had the potential to “damage the royals for a long time to come.” In the end, though, the wedding went ahead as planned.
6. Princess Beatrice — $10 million
Princess Beatrice apparently has the same net worth as her sister, Eugenie, and she has followed a similar path in life. In 2018 she told Vogue, “We are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.”
The young princess studied history and the history of ideas at Goldsmiths, University of London. Then, after that, she began working in the business world, traveling between England’s capital city and New York. And, in time, Beatrice ended up with a high-powered job – as vice president of partnerships and strategy, don’t you know – at the software company Afiniti.
But Beatrice also makes efforts to be active in charitable giving. Some pretty extreme efforts, in fact. She became the first royal to run the London Marathon, raising money for Children in Crisis, in 2010. The following year, she also auctioned off the bizarre fascinator she’d worn to Prince William’s wedding, passing on the money it earned to charity. Perhaps that was her reason for wearing it all along?
Thankfully, when it came to her wedding, Beatrice managed to avoid Eugenie’s costly mistake. In July 2020 she married real-estate businessman Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi — a multimillionaire in his own right — in a very small and secretive ceremony. Only 20 guests, including Mozzi’s young son Wolfie, were invited to the royal chapel.
5. Kate Middleton — $10 million
Quite incredibly, Kate Middleton was described as a “commoner” when she started dating Prince William. Yes, even though her family was wealthy, Kate’s middle-class standing made her a target of snobbery. People in high circles would allegedly whisper “Doors to manual” whenever they saw her around – a haughty reference to her mother having once been an air hostess.
However, Kate most definitely got the last laugh. She now has a net worth of $10 million, if estimates are to be believed, while her living expenses for things such as travel and wardrobe are bankrolled by the Duchy of Cornwall. And that wardrobe is an extremely impressive one, too. Kate has plenty of beautiful, expensive clothes, with her wedding dress alone coming in at a cool $332,000. That’s quite a high cost-per-wear ratio.
The Duchess of Cambridge has even started a fashion phenomenon called “the Kate effect.” Simply put, the clothes and jewelry she wears in public tend to sell out pretty much immediately. Even when the equally glamorous Meghan Markle joined the family, statistics suggested that Kate was still the top royal influencer. She still wears that crown, too.
And should Kate ever need to borrow money, she can always turn to her parents. You see, Carole and Michael Middleton have a party supply company, Party Pieces, that’s reportedly worth $50 million. The valuation of the firm had only swelled after the Middletons’ daughter became a duchess. So, although Kate may have risen from commoner to royalty, no rags were involved before the riches came along.
4. Prince William – $40 million
Prince William – the second in line to the throne – is worth an estimated $40 million. Plenty of that comes from inherited money, though, as in 2002 the Queen Mother left $17.9 million to her great-grandsons – quite enough to set the average person up for life. It’s true that William did receive a smaller share than the rest, as he will be the one to eventually become king, but we’re pretty sure it would still have been a sizeable amount.
And when Princess Diana passed away in August 1997, much of her fortune was passed down to William and Harry. They received the vast majority of her jewelry collection as well. Sweetly, William actually ended up using his late mother’s sapphire engagement ring to propose to Kate Middleton in 2010.
Then there’s the money William earned before he became a full-time working royal. When he served as a helicopter pilot for the RAF Search and Rescue Force he was on a salary of at least $68,000, according to Forbes. Meanwhile, in 2015 he earned a reported $62,000 a year as an air ambulance pilot — although he apparently donated the cash to charity.
Still, William is only going to get richer in the future. When his father takes the throne, the duke will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall. And, in time, he’ll have to start preparing to be king himself. Then, once William is monarch, he’ll have access to riches the likes of which are scarcely imaginable.
3. Prince Harry — $40 million
Like his brother, Prince Harry isn’t at all wanting for money, as he, too, is said to have a net worth of $40 million. Harry also served in the military on full salary for a decade, eventually earning the rank of captain. Reportedly, he was paid around $53,000 a year for this.
Then, once Harry left the military and became a working royal, he began receiving money from the Duchy of Cornwall towards his living expenses. Just like William, he also had the money bequeathed to him by his mother. But in January 2020, he and wife Meghan stepped back from the royal family, and everything changed.
The 2020 book Finding Freedom claimed that Harry and William have also fought over money. A source said, “There were times in the past when Harry wanted to take on bigger projects and do more work, but he couldn’t get the money to support it. William was always the priority. A lot of their quarrels have been over budgets.”
And Harry’s money worries continue — not because of a lack of funds, but because he and Meghan are constantly being scrutinized now to see how much they spend. Although the pair have claimed that they want to be financially independent, rumors abound that they’re still receiving cash from British taxpayers.
2. Prince Charles – $100 million
Unsurprisingly, Prince Charles is worth a tremendous amount of money. His net worth is approximately $100 million, in fact, with a lot of that down to the Duchy of Cornwall. According to the official website for the Duchy, “The current Prince of Wales chooses to use a substantial proportion of his income from the Duchy estate to meet the cost of his public and charitable work as well as the public and private lives of his family.”
There’s another aspect to the Duchy, however. While it was created in 1337, some of its more antiquated rules are still in force today. For example, Charles is entitled to the property of any Duchy residents who pass away without formal wills or any heirs. The position also gives him the power to completely ignore the rules of “Finders Keepers,” as he is authorized to receive anything found on wrecks in Cornish waters.
But while it’s well known that Prince Charles is a regular donor to charities, he also spends a lot of money on his hobbies. And one of these is vintage car collecting. Remember the 1969 Aston Martin Volante that William was seen in on his wedding day? Well, it actually belonged to his father. Charles also paints and rakes in yet more cash by selling his artwork.
Ever since Harry and Meghan moved away from the U.K., however, Charles has allegedly been helping them out financially. In March 2020 the Daily Mail reported that the prince was shelling out millions for his son and daughter-in-law’s security arrangements in North America. Cheers, Dad!
1. Queen Elizabeth II — $600 million
Queen Elizabeth II has a net worth of $600 million, but that’s only a small portion of the treasures she possesses. She has full ownership of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, for one, as well as Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Queen also has a spectacular collection of some of the most beautiful – and most expensive – pieces of jewelry in the world.
But a lot of what we think of as the Queen’s assets are actually owned by a body called the Crown Estate. It’s this, rather than the Queen herself, that has ownership over Buckingham Palace. The estate is worth somewhere in the region of $18 billion – a staggering amount. And if the monarch did actually own it herself, her net worth would be much higher.
However, the Queen does receive money from the properties owned by the Crown Estate, with yet more coming from the Duchy of Lancaster. And if that wasn’t enough, she bets on racehorses sometimes and keeps any money she makes. So, what on earth does she do with all that moolah?
Well, some cash goes to her palace staff, naturally, and to the upkeep of her properties. A portion of her money goes in the collection box whenever she attends church, as well. The Queen also has to shell out on alcohol to entertain the multiple guests she hosts. And yet despite all this, the monarch is considered a frugal spender. Apparently, she even reuses wrapping paper!
Of course, the royals aren’t the only people in positions of power with plenty of cash coming their way. The President of the United States, for instance, earns a hefty $400,000 a year nowadays. And, unlike most members of the royal family, a career in writing or giving talks often awaits after their time in office has come to an end. But did you know that many presidents were actually already wealthy to begin with?
20. John Adams
John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers and the second man ever to hold the office of U.S. president. That’s already quite the legacy to leave behind. But on top of everything else, it turns out that Adams was incredibly wealthy, too. In fact, it’s said that he would’ve been worth more than $21 million by today’s standards.
Both Adams and his spouse Abigail were members of wealthy families. The president’s dad had left a substantial inheritance for his son, whereas Abigail had been a part of the Quincy clan. Back in the 1700s the Quincys were among the most imposing families throughout all of Massachusetts. So both John and Abigail Adams had inherited huge amounts of money – and their own kids didn’t do badly, either…
19. John Quincy Adams
Of the six babies born to John and Abigail Adams, it was their second who became the most well-known. John Quincy Adams was born in 1767, and like his father before him, he later became president of the United States. He took office in 1825, serving only a single term until 1829.
Following his father’s passing, the younger Adams took his fair share of his leftover wealth. For example, he was given possession of his dad’s property, which comprised of a home on some 40 acres of land. And on top of this, it’s said that he also picked up personality and political traits from his father.
18. George H. W. Bush
President George Herbert Walker Bush was born into an affluent family. But he also significantly increased his riches further by drilling for oil and heavily investing in real estate. Perhaps the most extravagant example of this latter activity relates to a Maine property with an estimated value of $5 million.
Bush is said to have been worth somewhere in the region of $26.3 million. So, it’s safe to say that he led a financially comfortable life before he passed away in November 2018 at the ripe old age of 94. Indeed, his children never exactly struggled either, as we’ll soon see.
17. Grover Cleveland
Among all the presidents of the United States, Grover Cleveland is unique. Indeed, to this day, he is the only person with the bizarre honor of holding the presidency across two separate, non-consecutive spells. His first term was between 1885 and 1889, and his second started in 1893 and finished in 1897.
As a consequence, Cleveland is known as both the 22nd and the 24th U.S. president. But in addition to this distinction, he also amassed a substantial fortune thought to be worth about $28.3 million in today’s terms. Yet this is perhaps something of a surprise, as his family’s financial standing had been rather modest.
16. Martin Van Buren
Before he was president, Martin Van Buren had been born into a regular family without a huge amount of money. Yet he later started to amass a substantial fortune from his own activities and work. His role as a lawyer would’ve been vital in this endeavor, but he also likely did well from public service.
After all, across his political career Van Buren had been Secretary of State, vice president and, of course, president. Eventually, he was worth the equivalent of over $29 million. And he also owned a substantial estate in the state of New York. This was called Lindenwald and it measured up at roughly 225 acres.
15. James Monroe
President James Monroe had, at one point, been a very wealthy man. Indeed, once the owner of a substantial 3,500-acre plantation, he also would’ve picked up a decent wage for his terms in office. And, lest we forget, his spouse Elizabeth had been born into a wealthy British family.
Yet despite what you might think, it seems the presidency isn’t enough in and of itself to insulate a person from debt. And, as a matter of fact, Monroe apparently lost much of his money as an older man. Indeed, before his death he’d resorted to putting his huge plantation up for sale.
14. George W. Bush
Like his father before him, George W. Bush made lots of money before he took on the mantle of president. Of course, things were initially helped along by the fact that his family was already notably wealthy. But he was also a successful entrepreneur himself, before becoming the governor of Texas.
As with his dad, Bush had interests in the oil industry. And, for a time, he was also one of the owners of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Later, after his two terms as president had come to an end, Bush settled into a career of writing and giving talks.
13. Barack Obama
Although Barack Obama didn’t belong to an affluent family, he later made a fortune of his own. It’s not known for sure how much the 44th president is actually worth nowadays, but estimates have landed on a figure of approximately $40 million. That’s certainly not to be sniffed at.
Since finishing up his second term as president, Obama has gone on to fashion a prosperous career for himself. He reportedly receives a large pension, but he’s also earned millions with numerous other ventures. Such enterprises have included public speaking, writing books and signing an agreement with streaming giant Netflix.
12. John Tyler
On March 4, 1841, William Henry Harrison was sworn in as the ninth U.S. president. However, his reign was to be a brief one, with the man dying a mere 31 days later. Consequently, vice president John Tyler took over, the first person to do so because of the previous leader’s death.
Tyler had been an affluent man, the member of rich clan. He was the recipient of his family’s massive plantation, which was used for growing tobacco. He later even acquired his own land, which encompassed some 1,600 acres. Yet despite once being worth as much as $57 million in today’s money, Tyler lost his riches and passed away in destitution.
11. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt was born into an affluent family – and he married into one, too. But he nonetheless managed to get into financial trouble in 1919, with his mom reportedly having to pull him through. But he later got it together and went on to amass a significant fortune.
Before his presidency, FDR held a number of distinguished roles which presumably paid him quite a hefty salary. By the end of his life, he had a number of residences to his name across a number of states. All in all, it’s said that he would’ve been worth $66.8 million by today’s standards.
10. Bill Clinton
Nowadays, Bill Clinton is thought to have a figure of about $75.9 million to his name. Yet neither the 42nd president nor his spouse Hillary trace their roots back to particularly affluent families. Instead, the pair are said to have picked up their riches on the merit of their own efforts.
Comparatively speaking, Clinton wasn’t a terribly rich sitting president. It was only later, apparently, when his pay packet started to expand. After leaving office, Clinton took in big sums from writing books and giving talks. In fact, for his 2004 memoir My Life alone, he reportedly pocketed roughly $15 million.
9. Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover started out life under some rather tough circumstances. He was an orphan, brought up by an uncle, but he thrived nonetheless and ultimately enjoyed a distinguished career. Early on, Hoover was a mining engineer, toiling away in a high-paid position for over a decade and a half.
Such was the extent of Hoover’s success in engineering that he didn’t even require his presidential wage upon taking office. Instead, he decided to give it all away to charitable organizations representing those in need. It’s perhaps for acts such as this that he’s been dubbed by the White House as “The Great Humanitarian.”
8. Lyndon B. Johnson
Following the murder of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson was hastily sworn into office as the new president of the United States. But in the earlier stages of his life, Johnson had a much humbler existence. In fact, as a child he’s said to have lived through genuine economic hardship in his home state of Texas.
As he got older, though, Johnson started to buy up significant expanses of land across Texas. In Blanco County, for instance, some 1,500 acres were under his domain. On top of his land holdings, he and his spouse also held ownership of a broadcasting station in the city of Austin. Eventually, Johnson was worth almost $110 million.
7. James Madison
As with many of the country’s early presidents, James Madison possessed significant land holdings. In fact, during his time, he was among the most prominent possessors of land in all of Orange County, Virginia. He himself lived in the county on a ranch called Montpelier which encompassed some 5,000 acres.
At his financial height, the fourth U.S. president was worth what would roughly amount to $113.3 million today. But as things turned out, Madison actually ended up losing his riches after his vast plantation failed. And so, in his final days, he was reportedly broke and completely bed-bound.
6. Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson amassed a great fortune in his lifetime, aided by a career with the armed forces and by his wife’s family. As such, he was among the richest presidents of the entire 19th century. Among his holdings was a large Tennessee estate known as The Hermitage, which measured up at roughly 1,050 acres.
Jackson had also been a major slaveowner, with reportedly more than 300 individuals bound to serve him over the years. In fact, it was with the service of slaves that Jackson was able to run his vast Hermitage estate. Here, the land was used for the sake of producing cotton.
5. Theodore Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt’s family had been influential and wealthy at the time of the 26th president’s birth in 1858. And later, Roosevelt himself was given access to a substantial trust fund. However, he apparently wasted this money on a failed undertaking somewhere in the Dakotas. With that, he needed another way to make his living.
Roosevelt earned a lot of money as a writer. In fact, he authored a large number of books – supposedly roughly 18 in total. And on top of this, he was also the owner of a large estate. This was Long Island’s Sagamore Hill, which encompassed about 235 acres of land.
4. Thomas Jefferson
As one of the country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson remains as one of America’s most famed presidents to this day. But in addition to his political successes, Jefferson was also a very wealthy man – to the tune of more than $230 million at his financial peak. The son of a landowner, it’s said that much of his own estate was inherited from his dad.
Jefferson owned a massive plantation in Virginia called Monticello. This covered some 5,000 acres and was worked over by a large number of slaves. As well as the revenue that he received from Monticello, Jefferson earned from his political career. Yet in spite of all this, he nonetheless slipped into debt before his death.
3. George Washington
The name George Washington is, of course, one of the most recognizable in American history. Yet in addition to being the country’s first ever president, he was also a substantial property magnate and slaveowner. He came from an affluent family himself, but he also benefited from his spouse’s clan passing along their vast holdings.
But on top of everything else, Washington also earned a huge amount from his presidency. His wage, in fact, was larger than any received by any succeeding leaders. In 1789, apparently, his take-home pay accounted for 2 percent of the entire nation’s annual finances. All in all, his worth by today’s standards would amount to about $587 million.
2. John F. Kennedy
There have been few more influential American families than the Kennedys. So, it should come as no surprise to find one John F. Kennedy near the top of the list of the richest presidents. The Kennedy clan as a whole possessed great wealth – and JFK personally received his fair share of the spoils.
Apparently, there was a substantial family trust fund to which JFK had access, along with his relatives. But on top of this, his wife had also come from a moneyed background. In fact, Jackie Kennedy’s relatives had made a fortune from the oil industry and she hadn’t exactly been left wanting as a result.
1. Donald Trump
It should come as no surprise to learn that it’s the sitting president who’s considered to be the richest in history. Donald Trump came into the world affluent, but he went on to rack up even more wealth after he took control of his dad’s business empire. Today, he’s the owner of countless properties and golf courses dotted around the globe.
Trump is said to be worth billions – supposedly about $3.1 billion, to be more precise. According to Forbes magazine, his real estate holdings in New York alone are worth about $1.5 billion. Beyond the state, his real estate portfolio amounts to roughly $560 million, which is itself just a little more than his fortune from clubs and golf courses.