Two royals made it onto Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of the "World’s Most Powerful People." The king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, ranks #7. Forbes says, "The absolute monarch of the desert kingdom controls 20% of the world’s known oil reserves and guards Islam’s holiest cities."
The other royal figure on the list, at #33, is Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates. According to Forbes, Sheikh Khalifa controls “97.8 billion barrels of proven reserves” and “also runs the world’s second-largest sovereign wealth fund.”
In case you’re wondering, Queen Elizabeth II currently ranks at #26 on Forbes’ annual list of the "World’s Most Powerful Women," meaning she’s still far less powerful, according to Forbes, than pop singer Lady Gaga.