Osman VII

Last ruler of the Princely State of Hyderabad Osman VII

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.
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  • 1967
    Age 80
    Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur died on Friday, 24 February 1967.
    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. On 14 April 1920, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur married Sahebzadi Azmathunnisa Begum (Dulhan Pasha Begum) (1889–1955), daughter of Nawab Jahangir Jung Bahadur, at Eden Bagh now known as Eden Garden at King Kothi, Hyderabad at the age 21.
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  • 1947
    Age 60
    The Nizam ruled over more than 16 million people and of territory when the British withdrew from the sub-continent in 1947.
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    In 1947, the Nizam made a gift of diamond jewels, including a tiara and necklace, to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1941
    Age 54
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 31
    In a letter dated 24 January 1918, the title Faithful Ally of the British Government was conferred on him.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1911
    Age 24
    Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur acceded as Nizam of Hyderabad upon the death of his father in 1911.
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    He ruled Hyderabad between 1911 and 1948, until it was annexed by India.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1886
    Born
    Born on April 6, 1886.
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