Find out more about the greatest Monacans, including Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
Monaco has been a mecca for the rich and the famous. Its idyllic natural surroundings, pristine beaches and high-voltage night life make up for a perfect mix! But is Monaco all about its casinos and beaches? Well, don’t go by its size for the country has been the address of many renowned royal leaders and sport stars. Prince Albert II was the reigning monarch of Monaco from 1889 to 1922. Apart from being the constitutional head, he was a famous oceanographer. Rainier III, his great grandson, took up the position and served it for 56 years, thus becoming the longest ruling monarchs in European history. Though he gained fame internationally for his marriage to the American actress Grace Kelly, he was primarily responsible for revamping and expanding Monaco’s economy beyond its traditional casino gambling base. He introduced many light, non-polluting industries in Monaco. Interestingly, thanks to his progressive outlook, gambling which accounted for more than 95 per cent of the nation's annual revenue once has been reduced to merely three per cent today. Know in detail about famous Monegasques; their life and their works.