Superhero Alter-Egos, Dragon Among Richest Fictional Characters List
(NEW YORK) -- Once again, Forbes magazine has taken a very realistic look at the bottom lines of fake people for its "Fictional 15." The list compares the wealth of fictional characters using an "analysis of the fictional character’s source material, and where possible, valued against known real-world commodity and share price movements."
Just in time for The Avengers, Iron Man's alter-ego Tony Stark made the list -- coming in 5th, with an estimated net worth of $9.3 billion. This put Stark ahead of another superhero's alter-ego, the man behind Batman's mask, Bruce Wayne, who will also be seen onscreen when The Dark Knight Rises debuts this summer.
Topping the list this year is another topical upcoming movie character, Smaug, the red-gold dragon who will be seen in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films. According to the number crunchers at Forbes, Smaug rests his armored belly on a bed made up of $62 billion worth of gold, priceless Elvish armor, and other baubles.
Here's Forbes magazine's ranking of its "Fictional 15":
Worth: $62 Billion
Residence: The Lonely Mountain, Middle-Earth
Claim to fame: terrorizing same, hoarding gold.
2. Flintheart Glomgold
Worth: $51.9 Billion
Source: Mining, Theft
Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
Claim to fame: Stole the title of "world's richest duck" from archnemesis Scrooge McDuck after winning an "around the world" race.
3. Carlisle Cullen
Worth: $36.3 Billion
Source: Compound Interest, Investments
Residence: Forks, Wash.
Claim to fame: 371 year-old small-town doctor and immortal vampire from the Twilight series.
4. Jed Clampett
Worth: $9.8 Billion
Source: Oil & Gas
Residence: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Claim to fame: a stray shot while out hunting led to the discovery of an underground well of "Texas tea," the establishment of Clampett Oil, and a move to the 90210 zip code.
5. Tony Stark
Worth: $9.3 Billion
Residence: Malibu, Calif.
Claim to fame: former CEO of Stark Enterprises; genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist, and the guy who wears Iron Man's armored suit.
6. Richie Rich
Worth: $8.9 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Conglomerates
Residence: Richville, U.S.
Claim to fame: rich cartoon character who looks strangely like a living version of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
7. Charles Foster Kane
Worth: $8.3 Billion
Residence: Xanadu, FLA.
Claim to fame: sled-seeking mogul from Citizen Kane.
8. Bruce Wayne
Worth: $6.9 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Defense
Residence: Gotham City
Claim to fame: brooding billionaire and the secret identity of Batman.
9. Forrest Gump
Worth: $5.7 Billion
Source: Apple Inc.
Residence: Greenbow, Ala.
Claim to fame: unlikely Vietnam War hero who met multiple presidents; ping pong champion, ground floor Apple investor, invented the sport of jogging and the "have a nice day" smiley face.
10. Mr. Monopoly
Worth: $2.5 Billion
Source: Real Estate
Residence: Atlantic City, N.J.
Real name: Rich Uncle Pennybags
Claim to fame: Rode a tiny iron past Baltic Avenue and went straight to Boardwalk while "Passing Go" several thousand times.
11. Lisbeth Salander
Worth: $2.4 Billion
Source: Computer Hacking
Residence: Stockholm, Sweeden
Claim to fame: Goth hacking vigilante hero from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
12. Tywin Lannister
Worth: $2.1 Billion
Claim to fame: The Lord of Casterly Rock from Game of Thrones.
13. C. Montgomery Burns
Worth: $1.3 Billion
Claim to fame: The super-villain owner of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on The Simpsons, holder of Social Security number 000-00-0002.
14. Robert Crawley
Worth: $1.1 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Marriage
Residence: Downton England
Claim to Fame: Can be seen sipping tea and taking names on the starched shirt hit Downton Abbey.
15. Jo Bennett
Worth: $1 Billion
Source: Electronics, Inheritance
Residence: Tallahassee, Fla.
Claim to fame: Played by Kathy Bates in The Office, Bennett was the ex-CEO of office equipment manufacturer Sabre, which acquired paper concern Dunder-Mifflin.
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