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The British Seabed

Owned Since: 1066
Valued At: Over $100 billion* 

Just like how Queen Elizabeth II owns a good portion of the U.K.’s coastline, she also owns the British Seabed. The British Seabed has been around since 1,066 A.D. when the Norman Conquest first established the territory. Because the Queen owns the seabed (consisting of both the ocean floor and the ground under the sea), she also owns all the lucrative mining rights to the area.

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One former Prime Minister estimated that drilling under the seabed could be worth $60 billion alone. These profits come in addition to the windfall from the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, located in the North Sea off the coast of Kent. 

These valuable natural resources aside, this is one of the more interesting examples of personally-owned undersea territory known. While its initial value may not have been obvious in 1066, clearly it’s a holding that’s paid off big time in the millennium since.

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150,000 Works of Art

Owned Since: 17th Century
Valued At:
$10 billion*

King Charles I first started to collect art back in the 17th century. As each new sovereign came into power, the collection passed to them. It contains over 150,000 pieces, some by the most notorious painters in history, like Raphael and Rembrandt. 

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Many different outlets have reported on Queen Elizabeth II’s impressive art collection, including ViacomCBS. Back in 2012 Liz was given more works to add to her trove by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate 60 years as England’s monarch. This transaction hit headlines across the world as it added even more value to the $10 billion-dollar collection. 

Known colloquially as the Royal Collection, this incredible gallery includes original works throughout the ages, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Fans Hals, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt (his most beloved self-portrait, in fact).

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