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From Forbes

 

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ ∞
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billion
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billion
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billion
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billion
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billion
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billion
13. Cruella De Vil 875 million
14. Gordon Gekko 650 million
15. Jay Gatsby 600 million
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2 minutes ago, jsharr said:

From Forbes

 

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ ∞
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billion
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billion
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billion
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billion
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billion
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billion
13. Cruella De Vil 875 million
14. Gordon Gekko 650 million
15. Jay Gatsby 600 million

Finally, someone can bring some facts into the discussion.  

Sadly, the list doesn't include Charles Townsend from Charlie's Angles.

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18 minutes ago, jsharr said:

From Forbes

 

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ ∞
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billion
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billion
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billion
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billion
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billion
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billion
13. Cruella De Vil 875 million
14. Gordon Gekko 650 million
15. Jay Gatsby 600 million

Gosh - these folks are sadly "old" money.  Would they even be considered rich anymore?  Like Bill Gates gives Daddy Warbucks level money away annually. 

And why is it Daddy Warbucks and not Annie, but Richie Rich and not his father?

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1 minute ago, Razors Edge said:

Gosh - these folks are sadly "old" money.  Would they even be considered rich anymore?  Like Bill Gates gives Daddy Warbucks level money away annually. 

And why is it Daddy Warbucks and not Annie, but Richie Rich and not his father?

That article and list is from 2002.  Needs to be adjusted upward for inflation, interest income, etc.

https://www.forbes.com/2002/09/13/400fictional.html#1dd7e6941730

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23 minutes ago, jsharr said:

From Forbes
 

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ ∞
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billion
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billion
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billion
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billion
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billion
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billion
13. Cruella De Vil 875 million
14. Gordon Gekko 650 million
15. Jay Gatsby 600 million

The last Forbes "Fictional 15" was published in 2013. During each annual list, Scrooge McDuck was estimated to be richer and richer until he reached the top.  A lot of the estimates are made by comparing the kind of homes, parties, thrown, yachts owned, etc. that real people had during the same period in which the characters are portrayed.

Inflation is surely a big deal.

When I tell younger people I had a full, $9900/yr. graduate scholarship to IIT plus a $325/month tax free teaching assistantship beginning in 1973. they're not impressed.

When I tell them $9900 then is equivalent to $57,500 now and $325 then is $1900 now, THEN they're impressed.  "They paid you $1900/month tax free to go to school and teach two 4-hour lab classes per week? Wow! How can I do that now?"  I tell them to major in chemistry and then pay for pharmacy school for two years and they'll make more money.

Here's the last Forbes Fictional 15:

The criteria (https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2013/07/31/the-2013-forbes-fictional-15/#3420c91567ff):

To qualify for the Fictional 15, we require that candidates be an authored fictional creation, a rule which excludes mythological and folkloric characters. They must star in a specific narrative work or series of works. And they must be known, both within their fictional universe and by their audience, for being rich.

2013 Forbes Fictional 15: The Drop-Offs

Net worth estimates are based on an analysis of the fictional character’s source material, and where possible, valued against known real-world commodity and share price movements. In the case of privately held fictional concerns, we seek to identify comparable fictional public companies. All figures are as of market close, April 1, 2012.

Final valuations are calculated with a grain of salt, and a willingness to break our own rules.

The list: (https://www.scoopwhoop.com/Richest-Fictional-Characters-To-Feature-In-Forbes-Magazine/):

For over a decade (until 2013), Forbes Magazine has teased us with a tongue-in-cheek list of the richest people in fiction! Since it's first appearance in the fateful year of 2001, this 'elite' list has featured a mix of fictional characters taken from literary, animated and cinematic worlds. Here are 15 of the richest fictional characters that'll make you feel really, really poor.

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Topping the charts is Scrooge McDuck, the billionaire who has consecrated $65.4 billion fortune in gold coins, in which he leisurely takes a dip!

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The reclusive red-golden dragon has amassed more wealth than you could ever think of! After aeons of lonely existence, Smaug now spends most of his time at the Chateau Marmont!

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Carlisle Cullen owes most of his wealth not to his preposterous blood sucking habits but to his investments and the interest compounded on them. He's number 3 in the elite list.

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Is there something Iron Man can't do? From earning two master's degrees by the age of 19 to creating the marvellous combat armor, this man is worth $12.4 billion on the Forbes list.

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Kane was born into a poverty stricken family but had his lucky break when his family received gold mine in lieu of payment. This changed the life of the American media mogul and he makes it to this list as the 5th richest man.

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Gotham's billionaire and saviour is known for buying things that 'aren't for sale'. Born with a silver spoon, Bruce Wayne has to be on the list, doesn't he?

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The poor little rich kid and the only child of industrialist Richard Rich, loves to splurge. More recently, he has even donated to philanthropic causes.

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The BDSM enthusiast is doing pretty well for himself after he was paid a hundred thousand dollars to please the woman for whom he did landscape gardening. With the money he received, he ploughed it into a business that blossomed quite like his sexual life.

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Tywin, before he was shot by an arrow while answering nature's call, had amassed huge amounts of wealth which is the reason why the Lannisters were always known to 'pay their debts'.

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Mr. Burns, a Yale graduate and WWII veteran was even chosen to carry a Trillion Dollar Note to Europe as USA's contribution to the economic reconstruction. He is number 10 on this fictional list.

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Walden Schmidt was introduced after Charlie Sheen's departure from the show. The suicidal divorcee made billions through a quick sale of his Internet start-up.

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She's rich and enjoys her leisure time in far flung Himalayas and Central America. I mean why won't she? Born to an aristocratic family, this kick-ass archaeologist knows how to live life, queen size!

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Mr. Monopoly, also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags has been the face of the game since 1936. The source of his wealth is Real Estate and he has pumped enough wealth into the housing sector of some of the world's biggest cities.

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Maintaining Downton Estate requires big moolah and Mary Crawley is the right heir to it. She makes it to this list as the 14th richest.

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His journey from a janitor to an enterprising bootlegger helped him buy a 22 bedroom house on Long Island and a custom-made Rolls Royce. He quietly makes his way into this list as the 15th richest person.

I feel poor.

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16 minutes ago, Mr. Grumpy said:

It is only fictional characters... and Santa.    

The Tooth Fairy will never make the list.  Poor business model.  Travel and royalties eat up any potential profit and the commodity purchased really has no market value.

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4 hours ago, jsharr said:

From Forbes

 

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ ∞
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billion
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billion
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billion
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billion
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billion
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billion
13. Cruella De Vil 875 million
14. Gordon Gekko 650 million
15. Jay Gatsby 600 million

It would seem like crime does pay. Luther is doing alright for himself.

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4 hours ago, MickinMD said:

14. Maintaining Downton Estate requires big moolah and Mary Crawley is the right heir to it. She makes it to this list as the 14th richest.

Arguably the dopiest inclusion on this list (although a dead Smaug is odd, too).   And I thought the whole point was that it never was HER money. Went to her cousin she married, was then money to him from other sources, and then to her son (the heir), so not sure where she would be the one with the money.

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