The Queen of England actually only has an estimated personal net worth of around $500 million, nothing like the "£17 Trillion" being suggested by conspiracy theorists. http://www.forbes.com/sites/luisakroll/2011/04/22/just-how-rich-is-queen-elizabeth-and-her-family/ The $10 billion of the Crown Estate does not belong to the queen in the sense of private property. By law she cannot sell it, and any profit from the use of the land goes to the UK Treasury. So essentially it's owned by the UK state. Some conspiracy sites on the internet make the rather outrageous claim that the Queen has £17 Trillion worth of land. They then go on to explain how this is terrible, because the Queen could sell this land, and pay off the National Debt, and end all the hunger and suffering in the world. £17 Trillion is $26 Trillion, which is $26,000 billion. Or about 52,000 times the Queens personal net worth (which she could theoretically sell, but in practice not really). It's also 2,600 times the value of the state owned Crown Estate, which she can't sell. Some examples: http://www.whoownstheworld.com/about-the-book/largest-landowner/ Which leads to things like: So this £17 trillion figure is total nonsense. It suggests the Queen could raise cash by selling Canada, Australia and the entirety of the UK! The Queen does not own those countries, she's simply the titular (powerless) head of state. And while she is quite rich, she's nowhere near as rich as most of the elite, she's not even an billionaire. There's over a thousand people in the world with more money than the Queen.