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There are 14 active monarchies across Europe, ranging from the obvious to the more obscure.

Some are hugely independently wealthy, some receive generous grants and upkeep costs from their governments and some receive nothing at all.

There’s even a billionaire prince who doesn’t have a country.

Keep scrolling for the complete list of European royals, ranked by what they receive from the states they preside over.

Albert, Prince of Thurn und Taxis — no salary nor country

Albert, Prince of Thurn und Taxis, does not have a country to rule over, but is technically a German prince. After the death of his father in 1990 he became one of the world’s youngest billionaires, and his assets include real estate, art and a tech company.

In 2014, Forbes estimated his wealth to be about $1.6 billion (£1.23 billion).

Source: Forbes 

The Pope, Vatican City — no salary

The Pope, the head of the Catholic Church, does not get paid an annual salary. However, he is in charge of the Vatican budget, which has revenues around $300 million (£230 million) per year, which goes towards covering his expenses, among other things.

The Vatican’s wealth has been estimated to be somewhere in the region of $10 — $15 billion (£7.7 — £11.5 billion), which includes shareholdings and investments.

Source: Time Magazine 


Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Grand Master of Malta — no salary

British Queen Elizabeth II was the official Queen of Malta until 1974, when the country became a republic. However, there is a Grand Master of the Knights of Malta — the head of a Catholic fraternity founded in 1048. The Order has no territory, but is considered a sovereign entity and prints its own postage stamps and coins.

The Grand Master governs as the Order’s sovereign and religious superior. He is not given a salary, but his living costs are met.

The Order has benefactors, both private citizens and public organisations, that make donations to support its charitable work.

Source: Sovereign Order of Malta   

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