As long as money has existed, there have been those who have more than others. But nowhere is this wealth gap more apparent, perhaps, than when looking at the richest royal families. Throughout history, royalty has been able to get away with spending exorbitant amounts of money on anything they want. The question is, though, exactly what do the royals spend their money on?
Wealthy royals live incredibly lavish lives, and some of what they buy is just ridiculous. From gold-coated luxury cars to birthday parties literally held underwater, here are the most lavish and unnecessary things modern 20th and 21st century royals have spent their money on. After all, what's the fun in being royal if you can't spend $100 million on your wedding, or own a museum full of cars, or cost your taxpayers an excessive amount of money? Long live the king!
In Swaziland, The Royal Family Is Known For Gold Leaf And Underwater Birthday Parties
Over half of Swaziland's population lives on a single dollar a day - but that doesn't stop the royal family from spending their money lavishly. Frequently flaunting their wealth on social media, the Swazi royal family has been known to have underwater birthday parties, extremely profligate holidays, and a penchant for gold leaf.
Their extravagant lifestyle, flagrantly boasted online, has angered the Swazi public, and an activist group called SwaziLeaks takes to social media to spread awareness of the spending. SwaziLeaks's captions are harsh on the royal family, pointing out how the king's children fly out to Los Angeles to party, while most of Swaziland goes hungry.
The Sultan Of Brunei's Car Collection Includes A Rolls Royce Coated In 24K Gold
It seems collecting cars is a favorite pastime of the royal and wealthy. The Sultan of Brunei, who has made his family worth over $20 billion, has an extensive car collection containing the most expensive vehicles. He even has custom-made Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris and Rolls Royces. His Rolls Royce is even coated completely in 24k gold because, well, why not?
A Saudi Prince Owns The World's Most Expensive Home — But It's Not The Most Expensive Thing He Owns
The world's most expensive home is a $300 million French chateau near Versailles, and it is owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It took three years to build after developers destroyed a beautiful but decaying 19th century chateau. Crown Prince Mohammed's home boasts full smart-wiring capabilities (all of the lights, heat, and even fountains can be turned on by a smart phone from anywhere in the world), and was considered as a wedding venue for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Despite the hefty price tag, the home isn't the most expensive thing the prince has purchased. He owns a $450 million painting - controversially attributed to Leonardo da Vinci - and a nearly $500 million yacht.
The Ruler Of Dubai Had The Most Expensive Royal Wedding
Royal weddings are bound to be extravagant, but the ruler of Dubai's 1979 wedding takes the cake. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum's wedding to Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum cost a whopping $100 million — more than double Prince William and Kate Middleton's. The wedding went on for a full week, and a brand new stadium capable of holding 20,000 people was built just for the lavish occasion. Five of those days were declared a public holiday, and the family chartered 34 private jets to transport their guests to the event.