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    Forbes Fifteen Wealthiest Fictional Characters

    I'm actually not sure where this thread belongs (as some characters are from books, some comics, some movies), but it tickled me and I thought I'd share. I'm disappointed in their decision to break the rules, though.

    NEW YORK - Collectively, we are fascinated by the super-rich. We devour their biographies. We hang on their advice. Maybe we even hope for their downfall. But in our attempts to explain the ultra-rich--and their super-inflated bank accounts--we are often guilty of reducing real people to mere caricatures. There is the monopolist. The oracle. The genius. The thief.

    With the Forbes Fictional 15, we have taken the opposite approach--fictionís caricatures are elevated to the status of real people.

    To qualify for the Fictional 15, we insisted that members be both fictional (in the sense that we excluded mythological and folkloric figures) and characters (meaning they are part of a narrative story or series of stories). Great wealth was required to be one of the primary attributes of the characters on this list--in other words, we looked for characters that were known, within their universes, for being rich.

    Of course, there is one notable exception to all these rules: Santa Claus, who is mythological and not really known for his great wealth. Our excuse? We just couldnít resist. Whatís the point of doing a list about fictional characters if you canít break the rules, at least just a little?

    http://www.forbes.com/2005/12/01/fic...201method.html
    The Fictional 15

    Rank---- Name ---- Net Worth ($mil) ---- Age ---- Residence ---- Source

    1 Claus, Santa --∞ --1,651 --North Pole --Toys, Candy

    2 Warbucks, Oliver "Daddy" --$27.3 bil-- 52 --New York, N.Y. --Defense Industries

    3 Rich, Richie --$17 bil --10 --Richville, U.S.A. --Inheritance, Conglomerates

    4 Luthor, Lex --$10.1 bil --36 --Metropolis, U.S.A. --Defense, Software, Real Estate

    5 Burns, Charles Montgomery --$8.4 bil --104 --Springfield, U.S.A. --Energy

    6 McDuck, Scrooge --$8.2 bil --80 --Duckburg, U.S.A. --Mining

    7 Clampett, Jed --$6.6 bil --51 --Beverly Hills, Calif. --Oil & Gas, Banking

    8 Wayne, Bruce --$6.5 bil --32 --Gotham City, U.S.A --Inheritance; Defense

    9 Howell, Thurston III --$5.7 bil --60 --Private Island, Pacific Ocean --Howell Industries

    10 Wonka, Willy --$2.3 bil --57 --Kent, England --Candy

    11 Bach, Arthur --$2 bil --50 --New York, N.Y. --Inheritance

    12 Scrooge, Ebenezer --$1.7 bil --63 --London, England --Banking, Investments

    13 Croft, Lara --$1 bil --37 --Wimbledon, England --Inheritance, Antiques

    14 De Vil, Cruella --$1 bil --65 --London, England --Inheritance

    15 Malfoy, Lucius --$900 mil --51 --Wiltshire, England --Inheritance

    If you go to this page, you can click on each name and see an explanation of their fortunes. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/fictional/Rank.html
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    Here's Santa's profile, btw.

    North Pole's tubby toy titan remains fiction's richest character, despite ongoing strife with Elvish labor force. Elves bemoan low-wages, lack of health care coverage and union-busting tactics of "Claws." Factory operations also dogged by several documented instances of child-labor. Santa retorts that "immortal" Elves don't need health insurance, and says child-workers were being punished for being "naughty." Analysts expect impact on toy and candy production to be minimal. Claus' ultimate motivations for annual gift-giving orgy remain unclear. Speculated to be tormented by infinite wealth; embarks on annual around-the-world trip in a futile attempt to give it away. Others detect darker side, noting percentage of children receiving lumps of coal and ill-treatment of rare Finnish-bred flying reindeer. Claus himself plays it close to the vest, cryptically muttering "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Member since time immemorial. --
    Ok. I'll stop now.
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    No age on Santa?, I guess once you pass 1000 you really don't want to know anymore

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    The profile for Scrooge McDuck cracked me up, particularly the part about Dewey canoodling(love that word...canoodling) with Parrot Hilton.

    Planet's wealthiest poultry in hiding due to fear of bird flu. Thought to be in "money bin," five-story tower in Duckburg that is world's largest repository of gold coins. As adolescent, moved to American West from native Scotland and amassed fortune in gold and copper. Keeps most of his money in bullion. Known to enjoy swimming in money. Literally. Likely heirs Huey, Dewey and Louie (grand-nephews) now living alone in Duckburg mansion. Absent Scrooge's supervision, Dewey spotted canoodling with Parrot Hilton. Reportedly wrote nephew Donald, a deckhand in U.S. Navy, back into his will. Member since 1947.
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    I loved Mr. Burns' profile. 104 years old, with every disease known to man.

    Owner and operator of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for more than 50 years; also water works and a hotel on Baltic Avenue. Saved millions by canceling company's prescription drug plan, but reinstated same after assistant Smithers' thyroid condition brought him to the brink of death. Bought the Frank Gehry-designed Springfield Concert Hall from the city and turned it into a prison. Struggling Monty Burns Casino chain purchased this year by MGM Mirage for $2.1 billion. Has every disease known to man, and survives only because they perfectly counteract one another, an extremely rare medical condition known as "Three Stooges Syndrome." Credits longevity to Satan. Member since 1989.
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    Maybe, Ah say maybe with some good investments my man Foggy can break into the top twenty this year.

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    I saw this article online the other day before Stargazer posted it, and there are maybe two people on this entire board who would understand this , but what the hell.

    I've always thought Tony Stark ("Iron Man") was totally wealthier than Bruce Wayne...and more intelligent and better-equipped for a fight. He could totally take Batman.

    (Stark bank rolls the entire Avengers organization. Let's see Bruce Wayne bank roll the Justice League of America.)

    The writers at Forbes don't know squat.
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    Didnt Stark lose some of his fortune when Stain brought out Stark enterprises and he became an alcholic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucynda View Post
    Didnt Stark lose some of his fortune when Stain brought out Stark enterprises and he became an alcholic?
    Lucynda, will you marry me?
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    Phat I am flattered, who'da thought my trivial knowledge on Marvel comic book heros would land me a marriage proposal by someone other than the Simpsons comic book guy

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