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Special Report: The 15 Richest Fictional Characters (Forbes)

It had to happen. Our pathological fascination with the super-rich has reached the point where we now venerate even their fictional counterparts. Why not? Don't we already devour the biographies and hang on the advice of made-up people like Donald Trump? Forbes took only the tiniest of next steps in elevating fiction’s caricatures 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. For the record, here is The List" (and where is John Beresford Tipton, btw):
  1. Santa Claus
  2. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks
  3. Richie Rich
  4. Lex Luthor
  5. C. Montgomery Burns
  6. Scrooge McDuck
  7. Jed Clampett
  8. Bruce Wayne
  9. Thurston Howell III
  10. Willy Wonka
  11. Arthur Bach
  12. Ebenezer Scrooge
  13. Lara Croft
  14. Cruella De Vil
  15. Lucius Malfoy

Forbes Fictional 15 Methodology