I've read that a tsar set up the official estate that funded the family, but I wanted to know more. Was it Paul? Alexander I? How was it established and when? Was there a surplus at any time, or did the family just extract what they needed as it expanded? After all, at one point they had quite a few grand-dukes at one point.
I'm currently reading Simon Sebag Montefiore's book on the Romanovs and he doesn't talk about it at all.
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