Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII
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Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII

Last Ruler of the Princely State of Hyderabad
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Born Apr 6, 1886

Sir Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi GCSI, GBE Asaf Jah VII, born Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, was the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad and of Berar. He ruled Hyderabad between 1911 and 1948, until it was merged into India. He was styled His Exalted Highness The Nizam of Hyderabad. During his days as Nizam, he was reputed to be the richest man in the world, having a fortune estimated at US$2 billion in the early 1940s or 2 per cent of the US economy then. At that time the treasury of the newly independent Union government of India reported annual revenue of US$1 billion only. He was featured on the cover of TIME magazine, portrayed as such. The Nizam is widely believed to have remained as the richest man in South Asia until his death in 1967, though his fortunes fell to US$1 billion by then and became a subject of multiple legal disputes between bitterly fighting rival descendants. His wealth include a vast private treasury. Its coffers were said to contain £100m in gold and silver bullion, and a further £400m of jewels. Among them was the fabulously rare Jacob diamond, valued at some £100m (2008), and used by the Nizam as a paperweight. There were pearls, too – enough to pave Piccadilly – hundreds of race horses, thousands of uniforms, tonnes of royal regalia and Rolls-Royces by the dozen. He built the Hyderabad House in Delhi, now used for diplomatic meetings by the Government of India.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1886 Birth Born on April 6, 1886.

TWENTIES

1911 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He ruled Hyderabad between 1911 and 1948, until it was annexed by India. … Read More

THIRTIES

1918 32 Years Old …  In a letter dated 24 January 1918, the title Faithful Ally of the British Government was conferred on him. … Read More

FIFTIES

1941 55 Years Old In 1941, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur started his own bank, the Hyderabad State Bank (now State Bank of Hyderabad) as the state's central bank, which managed the Osmania sikka, the currency of the Hyderabad state. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1947 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1947, the Nizam made a gift of diamond jewels, including a tiara and necklace, to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage. … Read More
1967 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur died on Friday, 24 February 1967.
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