The Nizam of Hyderabad was considered as one of the richest persons in the world in the history of mankind. He was the monarch of the state of Hyderabad, present day Telangana state, Karnataka state, and Marathawada region of Maharashtra. The dynasty ruled the state of Hyderabad since 1724 and until 1948.
In this article, we have compiled a list of interesting, important, unknown, and mind blowing facts about Nizam of Hyderabad.
8 Interesting and Mind Blowing Facts About Nizam of Hyderabad
1. Turk Roots
The Asaf Jahi’s roots dates back to the Turk roots, present day Uzbekistan. They came to India in the 17th century. They have worked under the Mughal empire. They have created their own independent Hyderabad kingdom after the death of Aurangzeb.
2. They ruled Hyderabad for 224 years
The dynasty ruled the state of Hyderabad for almost 224 years! In this period, seven rulers have ruled the state and the last one was Mir Osman Ali Khan aka Asaf Jah VII.
3. Hyderabad, the largest princely state
Hyderabad was the largest princely state in India at the time of independence. It was equal to the size of Scotland and England combined. The state covered a land of 82,698 square miles and a population of roughly 16.34 million people according to 1941 census.
4. Richest king on the planet
According to the latest list of the richest persons in the history of mankind, the last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan was ranked in the list as one of the richest persons in the world in mankind’s history. His total wealth was more than the national budget of India.
5. A jumbo sized family
Did you know? Last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan was having 86 mistresses, and 100 sons. It is one of the largest royal families in the world.
6. Diamond as paperweight
It’s a popular story that the Nizam of Hyderabad was using diamond as the paperweight in his regular use. He was having tonnes of diamond in his personal fortune.
7. All time richest Indian
The Nizam of Hyderabad was named as the richest Indian in the history of the country with a net worth of US$220 billion which is more than Bill Gates, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, and others combined.
8. Gifted 38 diamonds necklace to the Queen of England
In 1947, the Nizam of Hyderabad gifted the 38 diamonds necklace to the Queen of England as a wedding present.
Article first published on May 2, 2016.