Or, more specifically, to amend a catchy title, how rich was Princess Leia Organa?

  • We know that she was Alderaanian royalty before the planet was Death-Starred out.
  • We know from EU that tons of wealthy Alderaanians remained wealthy even after its destruction (e.g., Tatooine Ghost, or whatever that book was where Han and Leia hunt for the moss painting after the wedding), so she didn't necessarily have to be poor.

I'm mostly interested in the period after battle of Yavin (in other words, after Alderaan blew up) but before formal declaration of New Republic following Episode VI. However, I'm open to answers based on New Republic EU timeline as well.

I'm looking for canon evidence (Disney, or Legends/EU up to C canon).

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    “Han and Leia hunt for the moss painting after the wedding” — now there’s an Anthology story! – Paul D. Waite Dec 2 '15 at 16:34
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    I hope the answer is yes... that would lend itself to some great memes – Adam Yoshi Dec 2 '15 at 16:35
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    Since she was adopted into the ruling family of Alderaan, it's probable that she has access to her family's off-world assets. I doubt she has to figure her pocket-change into her budget. – Joe L. Dec 2 '15 at 16:43
  • Rich enough for her dad to have his own star-cruiser, at the very least – Valorum Dec 2 '15 at 18:53

She was not very rich AFTER alderan blew up. In the now canon comics Princess Leia it is seen that she has.....no money at all except what the rebel alliance gives her.

IF you think about it (and take the information about the empire and alderan into account it becomes quite clear). With how the empire treats alderans after its destruction they are very probable going to close all bank accounts that can be associated with alderans and give the money to the empires war machine instead. Thus as soon as a bank account is associated with her publicly it is closed.

The reason behind this is:

The empire wants to eliminate all alderans.....makes no sense to let them still have any money to use to escape.

For her having no real money (spoilers as it is from the comic):

The only real treasure she still has is the necklace of her family. She gave it to a sullustan for saving her as she didn't have any medal to give. Furthermore when they land on Naboo, she states that they have absolutely no money and thus had to trick the empire into believing that they are working for them in order to not having to pay the fees at the spaceport.

About page 27 in Princess leia (1?) comic she stated the no money part. And about page 62 for the necklace part

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    Why -1? However it could use a bit more details as far as citing new canon – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 9 '15 at 11:45
  • @dvk no clue but I have stopped asking there a long time ago. what details would you need there? (added a bit more from the Leia comics) – Thomas Dec 9 '15 at 15:05
  • issue and page # (or screenshot) would be perfect :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 9 '15 at 18:39
  • @dvk added the pages there (hope I didn't miscount the book doesn't have page numbers....furthermore as far as I'm aware the book is in reality multiple comics.......and here we only got the one book collection in the stores so can't tell which part is of which of the separate comics. – Thomas Dec 9 '15 at 19:14

It's Galactic Economy we are talking about. So, there's no reason why a Princess won't remain wealthy if you have canon sources of others who remained wealthy.

The situation is similar to this: Let's say, London or UK gets demolished by an Atom Bomb or natural disaster (I'd prefer latter for the situation or it'd be equivalent to the entire Galactic Economy getting disrupted) and one member of the British Royal Family survives. Do you really think that he/she would go bankrupt? Certainly, there would be significant amount of loss, but he/she would still remain wealthy due to foreign assets and investments.


To quote Luke in New Hope when he's convincing Han to join the rescue effort:

LUKE: She's rich.

HAN: Rich?

LUKE: Rich, powerful; listen, if you were to rescue her the reward would be... well, more wealth than you can imagine!

So yeah, she's pretty rich.

There's a chance Luke might just be BS-ing Han, but in the movie canon Leia is a Senator, the Princess of an entire planet, and raised as the daughter of a Senator. All of Han's mocking interactions with "Your Worshipfulness" clearly indicates a wide gulf in their social standings. It seems a safe bet to say all those important positions would come with some degree of wealth.

And since you asked, this exchange comes after Alderaan blew up. Presumably a savvy smuggler like Han would realize if that meant that she was now a pauper.

Since you ask about EU, every indication is that the royal Organa family enjoyed a life of luxury. From Wookiepedia, citing The Princess Leia Diaries:

Princess Leia was attending the prestigious Alderaan Select Academy for Young Ladies... Together with other daughters of Alderaanian nobles, the Princess learned etiquette, table manners and many other useful (and to her mind, rather boring) things that a lady needed to know. During this time, Leia saw the downside of the upper class as well: many of the girls had a condescending attitude towards ordinary people, and expensive parties were thrown in the court even though many in the galaxy were hungry and suffering.

And from her father Bail's entry:

Like all the scions of his noble bloodline, the young Organa enjoyed a golden childhood. While he always had all the material things he needed, Organa's parents were careful never to spoil him.

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    -1, sorry. Your first part from the film is wrong because Luke has absolutely no idea who she really is and how rich she is - especially post-Alderaan-destruction when he's telling this to Han. He's just randomly making arguments to get Han to agree. And second part discusses her life on Alderaan whereas the question was explicitly post-Alderaan-destruction. (and even leaving that aside, Bail Organa was the one who had wealth, which doesn't necessarily imply that underage Leia did). – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 2 '15 at 19:28

I am not an expert on lore, but i think there are some factors that can be taken into consideration when assessing perhaps her wealth and lifestyle:

A) Alderrans financial role in the Rebellion. B) Her lifestyle as a princess C) Her dedication to the rebellion

A) If i understood from the movies, Alderran was not seen by Tarkin as a tool of pursuasion, but as a suspected threat. Although i do not doubt that the Grand Moff was a ruthless man willing to destroy a planet to break a princess, I feel that Alderran, and Leias Royal family were major background supporters of the war effort. In destroying the planet, Tarkin was cutting off a huge source of support for the rebellion.

B) She was an only child. And so that means she was the sole heir to the throne, and whatever wealth that might have carried with. As a ruler over the wealthy Alderran people, she certainly was no enterprising business woman intent on profit, but definitely had access to the wealth of the planet.

C) However, coming to the last part, I feel that she wanted to be much more of a front line player. While im sure she had the ability to sit safely on Alderaan and send funds under the table to the Rebellion (which is of immense importance to any large scale rebellion), she chose to carry the plans to the death star at the risk of being captured and imprisoned, led the strike force on Endor, and freaking infiltrated Jabbas palace to get back Han. She was no meek progressive, passively resisting the Empire while lounging on Alderaan, but actively amd passionately pursuing the ideals and people she believed in.

Leia probably had the wealth and power to be a "1%-er", but definitely did not live her life like one.

  • after alderman was blown up, not before – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 3 '15 at 6:24
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    You're messing up Alderan with Naboo. Leia didn't know of her heritage untill after E6. – Schuere Dec 3 '15 at 7:07
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    @Tony You are describing Amidala there, not Leia. Amidala is queen of Naboo for a time, then a senator and finaly mother to Leia. So im guessing that is why all the downvotes. – Cherubel Dec 3 '15 at 8:11
  • @Schuere Leia DID know that she was from Alderaan and was a daughter of Senator Organa. She only found out about her beeing Vaders daughter and Lukes sister in E6. So im guessing you are also confusing things here. – Cherubel Dec 3 '15 at 8:14
  • @Cherubel, i think i made a grammar error there... I meant she didn't know of her heritage of being a child of a higly representative of Naboo. As Tony states her Naboo wealth. the statement should have been: "messing up Naboo with Alderan" – Schuere Dec 3 '15 at 9:50

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