Who Are the Richest Fictional Characters of All Time?
Some of the best fictional characters of all time have been filthy rich. The Forbes Fictional 15 is an annual list which works out who the richest people in the world of fiction are. So, who are the people who appear in it this year?
Scrooge McDuck – $65.4 Billion
One of the classic characters from the Forbes Fictional 15 list is Scrooge McDuck. This famously mean Scottish duck is currently worth $65 billion and has seen his wealth climb in recent years. He moved across to North America as a dirt poor immigrant but his rags to riches tales started when he found a giant gold nugget. In the cartoons his wealth has been noted as being “eleven octillion dollars”, while his accountant once used the phrase “607 tillion 386 zillion 947 trillion 522 billion dollars and 36 cents”. Regardless of the exact figure, he is number 1 in 2013.
Smaug – $54. 1 Billion
It was a bit of a surprise to see a dragon near the top of the list. In fact, Smaug was the winner of the 2012 list, before being pushed down to second this year. He lives on Lonely Mountain and through a long and successful career in marauding has managed to amass a fortune of over $54 billion. It isn’t clear whether he invests any of the money or just sleeps on top of it, but being centuries old he can afford to take the long term view on investing anyway.
Carlisle Cullen – $46 Billion
I had no idea who this is but it seems that he is a vampire from the Twilight series. He was top on the list of the richest fictional characters in 2009 but has moved down to third this year, with $46 billion. This massive wealth is put down to his long life, in which the wonders of compound interest and long term investments have worked their magic. Hang on though; do vampires even have bank accounts?
Tony Stark / Iron Man – $12.4 Billion
One of the top names on the 2013 list of the richest fictional characters is Tony Stark / Iron Man. This engineer and superhero is reported to be worth $12.4 billion. Of course, the best superheroes are filthy rich, as this proves that they only do good deeds out of the goodness of their hearts. I wonder if Batman / Bruce Wayne might be on the list further down as well.
Charles Forster Kane – $11.2 Billion
The main character form Citizen Kane once controlled a huge business empire covering media, real estate, shopping and a lot more. He lost a lot due to the Great Depression but still managed to build an opera house in Chicago and his giant mansion called Xanadu after this. Quite how he got onto the list in 2013 with over $11 billion I am not sure. Didn’t he die in the film anyway?
Bruce Wayne / Batman – $9.2 Million
Wow, Batman is richer than I thought. A lot of his vast fortune seems to have been inherited when his parents were murdered while he was still a kid. However, despite how it might appear, he hasn’t sat still counting his cash. No sir, this filthy rich playboy uses his money to help make the world a better place.
Richie Rich, Christian Grey, Tywin Lannister, C Montgomery Burns, Walden Schmidt, Lara Croft, Mr. Monopoly, Mary Crawley and Jay Gatsby make up the rest of the 2013 rich list.
What other rich fictional characters would you like to see on this list?