Can you imagine having an estimated $335 billion in the bank? Well, it’s a fact of life for the House of Thani, Qatar’s Royal Family. If you think the British royals are rolling in money, you haven’t seen anything yet. King Charles III and “the Firm” are worth a reported $28 billion. Not bad, but small by comparison! So, what’s it like living such a lavish lifestyle?
The Emir of Qatar
This is Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, otherwise known as the Emir — or ruler — of the country of Qatar in the Middle East. The role of emir stretches back to the mid-19th century, though Qatar’s status as an oil rich country began in 1939. World War II got in the way before they could capitalize on the discovery.
Who are the Emir’s family?
Marriage is a serious commitment to the Emir. He has not just one but three wives! The country operates under rules and traditions dating back hundreds of years, which have caused controversy in recent times on occasions such as the Qatar World Cup in 2022. Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad Al Thani is the Emir’s first wife and consort, whom he wed in 2005.
The Emir’s wife and children
Sheikha Al-Anoud bint Mana Al Hajri became his second wife in 2009, with Sheikha Noora bint Hathal Al Dosari committing to him as his third wife in 2014. These unions have resulted in seven sons and six daughters. All this must add up to a royal headache when it comes to the family finances… not that they’re exactly short of pocket money!
A byword for luxury and excess
Since then, the name Qatar has become a byword for luxury, at least in terms of the ruling class. It’s no surprise to learn that the Emir and his nearest and dearest own everything from mansions to private islands, to planes to boats and sports cars. However, the family and the country own a lot of things that may surprise you.