Forbes doesn't just tell you how rich people like Gates and The Queen are, they also give important information, such as their annual Fictional 15 list of the 15 richest fictional characters.
The rich may be different than you and me--but not nearly as different as the characters that comprise the Forbes Fictional 15, our annual listing of fiction's very wealthiest. This year's selection includes a duck, a wizard, a Nigerian prince and even a plumber. Aggregate (fictional) net worth? $111 billion.
I actually don't know who all of these people are, so I'll assume similar uncertainty amongst my readers and add some detail. Here is the list:
- Oliver ''Daddy'' Warbucks: The adoptive father in Annie.
- C. Montgomery Burns: The Scrooge character of The Simpsons TV show.
- Scrooge McDuck: a Disney character, in support of Donald Duck.
- Richie Rich: comic book nice guy.
- Jed Clampett: Patriarch of the Beverly Hillbillies TV show.
- Mr. Monopoly: "owner" of the real estate in the board game, Monopoly.
- Bruce Wayne: Batman's alter-ego.
- Tony Stark: Iron Man's alter-ego.
- Prince Abakaliki of Nigeria: one of many names of the email fraudster.
- Thurston Howell III: The eccentric rich guy on Gilligan's Island TV show.
- Willy Wonka: Roald Dahl's wonderful, reclusive, odd chocolate factory owner in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
- Lucius Malfoy: Harry Potter villain and the father of the mean boy (Draco Malfoy).
- Tony Montana: Scarface, mobster. Movies in 1932 and 1983.
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider video game heroine.
- Mario: Star of the various Mario Brothers video games.