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Old 11-02-2021, 07:57 PM
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Friso was a genius, and knowing how to make money was part of that in his case. Though I'm sure Mabel would trade it all to have him instead. Just because the DRF doesn't live conspicuously (outside of W-A) doesn't mean they're not as rich as Croesus — that's usually how very rich people keep their money.
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Old 11-03-2021, 10:18 AM
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On February 27, 1968, the Thesauriër der Koningin (the Queen's Treasurer) informed a government commission that Juliana's assets amounted to 'only' eighty million guilders. There is a calculater which calculates the amound in todays "purchasing power": https://iisg.amsterdam/en/research/p.../calculate.php

A private fortune of 80 million guilders from the year 1968 has a "purchasing power" 195 million Euro (225 million US Dollar) in the year 2020.

According the Thesauriër the vast majority of Queen Juliana's fortune was loss-making or unprofitable. The securities portfolio generated income, in those years about 1.5 million guilders per year (3,6 million Euro in today's money).

Immovable property included Soestdijk Palace, the mansion at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, a number of properties near Soestdijk and in The Hague (including the mansion Noordeinde 66), the estate De Horsten and a number of properties in the Veluwe, but because of high functional costs Juliana had been digging in her private assets for some 2,5 million guilders annually, for several years (6 millon Euro in today's money).


For an example, in the period 1961-1966 Queen Juliana had to use more than ten million guilders (24,4 million Euro in today's money) from her private fortune because she (on her own initiative) raised the salaries of her staff to the level of civil servants. As a result, the Queen had to transfer 1,4 million guilders (3,4 million Euro in today's money) from her private purse, for years.

On July 23, 1966, the Cabinet introduced a Bill to increase the annual allowance to the Queen from 2,5 to 5.2 million guilders (12,7 million Euro in today's money). According to the Cabinet, the Queen actually needed six million guilders, but the ministers thought she could pay an average amount of 800.000 guilders from the income she generated from the Crown Domains. The proposed amount included 450.000 guilders for maintenance and personnel of Soestdijk Palace that was privately owned by Queen Juliana.

The proposals were received very critically in the Dutch media. The media pointed to foreign reports that Juliana is said to be "one of the richest women in the world".

At the end of 1970, Soestdijk Palace and the associated domain were sold by Queen Juliana to the State of the Netherlands for an amount of exactly 4.2 million guilders (10,2 million Euro in today's money). The reason was that the annual maintenance costs would put too much pressure on Queen Juliana's equities. She managed to ensure that she and her husband were allowed to continue living in the palace until their death.

The formerly Stadhouderly Court in Leeuwarden was sold by Juliana in 1971 to the municipality of Leeuwarden for an amount of 285,000 guilders (1,5 million Euro in today's money).


In 1983 then Princess Juliana sold the mansion at Noordeinde 66 in The Hague for 750,000 guilders (1,5 million Euro in today's money) to her grandson Willem-Alexander.

In the 1980s, the State of the Netherlands paid Juliana about twenty million guilders (46 million Euro in today's worth) for the acquisition of privately owned museal contents of three palaces (Het Loo, Noordeinde and Huis ten Bosch).


At the beginning of 1990, she sold the mansion at the Lange Voorhout for 4.5 million guilders (8,2 million Euro in today's worth) to the municipality of The Hague.
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Old 11-03-2021, 07:45 PM
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The annual Quote 500 (the 500 wealthiest Dutch persons) estimates the fortune of the family Orange-Nassau (Beatrix, Willem-Alexander) on 1.100.000.000,-- Euro (appr. 1,275,818,500.-- US Dollar).

The same magazine estimates the fortune of HRH Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau on 880.000.000,-- Euro (appr 1,020,000,000.-- US Dollar).

https://blauwbloed.eo.nl/artikel/202...m-in-quote-500
Princess Beatrix has invested heavily in Royal Dutch Shell shares.
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Old 11-04-2021, 06:53 AM
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Princess Beatrix has invested heavily in Royal Dutch Shell shares.

This has never been confirmed and Royal Dutch Shell are not the most profitable shares (anymore).


By the way: the King has no shares in Royal Dutch Shell (or in Royal Philips Electronics, or in KLM, etc.). The website of the Royal House specifically states that the King has no share in any company with the predicate "royal".

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/onderw...aat-koninklijk
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Old 11-04-2021, 07:07 AM
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For what it's worth: in one of his -notorious- interviews with the Volkskrant Prince Bernhard said about the Shell shares: 'the amount of Shell shares in our portfolio is zero comma zero, zero, zero, something. Three zeros after the comma. That is how little we own of Shell, sadly'.

After an intervention by Bernhard Forbes lowered the estimated wealth of the RF from 2,5 billion dollars to 250 million. Bernhard: 'they estimated Beatrix' personal wealth at 50 million euros. She doesn't have that much either but let's leave it at that'. He even estimated that she owned less than 1 million euros (hard to believe though).

Of course the stories he told in these interviews were to no small extend lies so I am not sure if we can take Bernhard's word for it.
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Old 11-04-2021, 01:58 PM
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Let us agree that the King is a wealthy man, that Queen Máxima has a platinum card without limits, that hopefully financial whizzkid Friso has also advised his mother and brothers. And that is it. Any guess about one billion Euro is nice but also Quote gives no base for it.
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