We all love reading about fictional characters because of how they are usually given traits that are larger than life. While some fictional characters are given powers and abilities that may seem impossible to have in real life, there are other characters that are also given an advantage that is closer to real life than it is to fiction. And we are talking about wealth.
Alongside the fact that fictional characters are often given different kinds of abilities, there are plenty of fictional characters that are also given immense wealth to the point that you may wonder why they are that filthy rich in the first place. It is also the fact that these characters are so wealthy that makes them interesting personalities to read or watch. So, with that said, we are here to rank the 30 richest fictional characters of all time.
30. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Rounding up this list is the popular heroine of the classic video game franchise Tomb Raider. It was never a secret that Lara Croft, for all of her action star prowess and amazing looks, is a rich girl. Of course, her title of Tomb Raider explains why she is so wealthy.
Lara Croft was born to a rich family and eventually inherited the family’s fortunes after the demise of her parents. Still, despite the fact that the Croft family was always wealthy, Lara was able to compound her riches as a tomb raider looking for treasure in lost historical sites. It is estimated that she is worth a billion dollars.
29. Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl)
The resident rich kid of the classic teen drama series Gossip Girl makes this list. Chuck Bass is a girl’s dream come true if she is attracted to red flags who are able to afford everything in the world. And there is a reason why this young yet charming billionaire is on this list.
Chuck Bass often sweet-talked his way with his money, but he is still a romantic with a loving heart. However, the best part about this boy (aside from his handsome face) is his bank account. It is estimated that Chuck Bass has a net worth of $1.1 billion, a sum earned from his family’s real estate business. In fact, he is the only person in Gossip Girl with billionaire status.
28. C. Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons)
No animated comedy show would be complete without an evil billionaire that basically personifies what it means to be selfish and shrewd. C. Montgomery Burns is The Simpsons’ version of that said billionaire, as he literally sits on top of a hill while the rest of Springfield lives a middle-class lifestyle.
The reason why Mr. Burns is as rich as he stems from his monopoly over the energy business in Springfield. And while he dropped out of the billionaire list at one point in the story, he was still able to make enough money to become a billionaire again. It is estimated that Mr. Burns is worth around $1.3 billion.
27. Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
“Lannister always pays his debts” – This well-known saying in the world of Westeros is rooted in truth as Lannisters are one of the most powerful and rich great houses in Game of Thrones. Now we go to the man often regarded as the wealthiest and most powerful person in all of Westeros. Lord Tywin Lannister controls the largest gold mine in all of the seven kingdoms and basically funds the entire nation despite the fact that he is not the king of Westeros. And while he is as rich as he is, it is through his cunning wit that he was able to secure his place as the most powerful person in the kingdom.
Tywin Lannister earned his wealth through the gold mines that the Lannister family controlled. Of course, he may have served at the hand of the king, but he still is the lord of his family. Described as a man who poops gold, Tywin Lannister has an estimated net worth of $1.35 billion, which was enough for him to earn enough influence and become more powerful than the king himself.
26. Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey)
The star of the erotic novel-turned-movie Christian Grey belongs on this list because of his wealth. And throughout much of the book, it is actually his wealth that allowed him to become as charming as he is even when we take out all of the erotic stuff happening in the story.
As the personification of a walking red flag, Christian Grey is the type of person who girls would swoon over because he is handsome and quite wealthy. It is estimated that the star of the most popular erotic novel of the 21st century is worth around $2 billion.
25. Sir Topham Hatt (Thomas the Tank Engine)
Sir Topham Hatt is a beloved character featured in the children’s cartoon Thomas the Tank Engine. He is described as a strict yet funny character who is kind and very caring towards his engines, which include Thomas the Tank Engine. However, it isn’t unusual for him to sometimes scold his engines whenever they couldn’t do the job right, but it was often done in a way that children can relate to.
Because of his business in the railroad industry, Topham Hatt is quite wealthy, even though the show never really explored his wealth that much. It is estimated that Sir Topham Hatt is worth well over $2 billion.
24. Tooth Fairy (mythology)
We know, we know. You are probably wondering why the Tooth Fairy belongs on this list, but you need to know that she is still a fictional character that is based on folklore, mythology, and all that jazz. Of course, if you understand why Santa Claus is on this list, it is also easy to understand why the Tooth Fairy is also here.
The story about the Tooth Fairy is that she trades our tooth for chump change. But while the money that she allegedly gives us isn’t too much, you have to understand that she is supposed to do this to billions of kids around the world. You would have to be insanely rich to do that. And that is why Forbes actually estimates the Tooth Fairy to be worth $3.9 billion.
23. Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
Who could ever forget the beloved classic character named Forrest Gump, who is basically someone with a learning impediment but was able to inspire a lot of people because of his good heart? The entire Forrest Gump film never truly explored Forrest’s eventual wealth because it focused more on his life story and how he never allowed his learning impediment to getting in the way of how he lived his life to the fullest.
However, in one part of the film, Forrest Gump made a good fortune in the shrimp industry. While that wouldn’t be enough to make him a billionaire, the good news is that his partner invested a part of their money from the shrimp business in what he described to be “some kind of fruit company.” And that fruit company is actually Apple. This explains why Forrest Gump has an estimated net worth of $5.7 billion.
22. Thurston Howell III (Gilligan’s Island)
Another popular character from a beloved classic American sitcom belongs to this list. Thurston Howell III of the classic sitcom Gilligan’s Island was often described as a man that is so rich that he did incredibly questionable things with his money in a funny way. That was why Thurston Howell III was the sort of comical billionaire anyone would like on a great sitcom.
But while Howell was never really the best character in terms of what he offered to the table, he still was able to contribute to the show well enough with his wealth. Of course, he wouldn’t be on this list if he wasn’t worth $6.5 billion.
21. Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias (Watchmen)
No good superhero comic book story is complete without a billionaire who is basically as powerful as he is because of his money. That is the same case for Adrian Veidt, who is known by his superhero name Ozymandias. And the funny thing is that he actually gave up his riches so that he could be a superhero.
Adrian Veidt is unique in the sense that his wealth isn’t from owning a large corporation that sells weapons. While he does inherit a corporation from his family, his wealth is centered around the marketing business. Still, Adrian Veidt isn’t too far behind his counterparts Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne because he has a net worth of around $7 billion.
20. Carter Pewterschmidt (Family Guy)
Fans of the long-running animated comedy show Family Guy would instantly recognize who Carter Pewterschmidt is. Carter is the father of Peter Griffin’s wife, Lois, but is often described as a selfish and shrewd billionaire who rarely cares about his daughter. However, he often contributed to the show in a comedic way whenever he was on it.
Carter Pewterschmidt is as rich as he is because he is a successful industrialist who owns a large steel company. Because of that, he earns a ticket on this list with a net worth of around $7.2 billion. But he never gave even a portion of that to the Griffin family.
19. Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane)
Widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane tells the story of Charles Foster Kane, a man who controls one of the biggest media companies in the world. Kane was originally born into poverty before his family literally struck gold.
After his family became as wealthy as they are, Charles Foster Kane started living the good life. And we know that he can more than afford the good life because he has an estimated net worth of around $7.7 billion.
18. Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars)
Jabba the Hutt is what you would call the Mafia boss of the Star Wars universe, as he basically controls the underground side of the entire galaxy to the point that not even the Republic and, subsequently, the Empire was willing to touch him.
As one of the most powerful and most popular characters ever seen on film, Jabba the Hutt’s entire syndicate was able to earn him control over several star systems to the point that he reached an estimated net worth of $8.4 billion.
17. Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
As the protagonist of the classic 80s film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko is a workaholic corporate junkie who made a living out of financial investments and corporate takeovers. Played by Michael Douglas, Gordon Gekko is one of the most influential characters of one of the most influential films of the 80s.
Because of how greedy and shrewd Gordon Gekko is, he was able to acquire a huge sum of wealth that allowed him to become rich and powerful. And considering that Gordon Gekko was never contented with the money and power that he controlled, he eventually reached a net worth of $8.5 billion.
16. Richie Rich (Richie Rich cartoons and comics)
Those who watched cartoons as children would probably be familiar with Richie Rich, a character often portrayed as the wealthiest child in the entire world of fiction. Richie was basically the reason why plenty of kids wanted to be rich, as the cartoon often showed him living the good life with his family and friends.
Even though Richie Rich never had to work for his wealth, the fact that he is the heir of the Rich fortune earns him a ticket on this list. Richie Rich has an estimated net worth of around $8.9 billion, which makes him a filthy-rich boy who is barely even in his teens.
15. Bruce Wayne AKA Batman (DC)
Bruce Wayne is basically one of the poster boys with DC and is one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time. Known as Batman, a costumed vigilante that fights crime at night, Wayne is the brooding counterpart to Tony Stark because he is also described as a billionaire playboy.
Of course, because Bruce Wayne doesn’t have any superpowers, he uses his ninja skills and gadgets to fight crime. And he can only afford the latter if he is a billionaire who owns one of the biggest corporations in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne is estimated to be worth around $9 billion.
14. Jed Clampett (The Beverly Hillbillies)
Jed Clampett is the very definition of what it means to be wealthy overnight. As one of the main characters of the 60s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, he was able to become as rich as he is without having to work for his money. It was basically pure luck that he and his impoverished family became wealthy.
What happened was that, while hunting, he discovered that he lived in an oil-rich property that eventually earned him his billions. It is estimated that Jed Clampett has a net worth of around $9.2 billion, which makes him the wealthiest fictional hillbilly of all time.
13. Lex Luthor (DC)
To be the arch-nemesis of arguably the greatest superhero ever written, you have to be smart and amazingly wealthy, especially if you don’t have superpowers of your own. This is where Lex Luthor comes in as arguably the wealthiest supervillain on this list.
In the comics, it was always unclear how Luthor was able to amass his wealth, but several stories say that he is a self-made billionaire. Of course, because Luthor is a certified genius, it is easy for a man of his intelligence to be as wealthy as he is. If only he used his brains for the good of the world. Still, Lex Luthor belongs on this list with a net worth of $10 billion, which has been enough to give Superman some trouble.
12. Jay Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby)
Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, which is set during the earlier part of the 1900s. Of course, one of the themes of the story revolved around Jay Gatsby’s ridiculous wealth.
There is no clear reason why Jay Gatsby is wealthy, but organized crime is one of the ways he was able to amass his wealth. Regardless of how he became as rich as he is, Gatsby has a net worth of $11.2 billion.
11. Tony Stark AKA Iron Man (Marvel Comics)
We can never forget about Marvel’s resident genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist, who is also one of the first persons who started the Avengers. Tony Stark, or Iron Man, is a superhero who basically uses his genius brain and riches to invent and afford all of the different gadgets and suits that he uses to fight villains with.
While the movies often portray him as a man who can basically afford it all, his $12.4 billion net worth doesn’t seem that much when compared to the real-life billionaires that we have in today’s world. Still, the fact that he knows how to use his money for good is what makes him more unique than any billionaire in the real world.
10. Artemis Fowl II (Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl)
Say what you want about the poorly rated Artemis Fowl film, but the book series is actually a work of art because of how interesting the story is. The main character, of course, is Artemis Fowl II, the person the series is named after.
Artemis II is often described as one of the smartest persons of his generation, and that explains why he is so wealthy. But the difference is that this guy is actually a thief who steals valuable artifacts. This is why he has an estimated net worth of $13.5 billion.
9. Mom (Futurama)
When we look at cartoon comedy shows that have filthy rich characters, we often imagine Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. However, what you should know is that Mom from Futurama is actually a Mr. Burns that is even worse than Mr. Burns and far wealthier.
Mom has an estimated net worth of $15.7 billion, which she was able to make as the evil CEO of a huge corporation that basically controls the entire universe. Of course, being as evil as she is, Mom is also one of the main antagonists of the entire Futurama series.
8. Ming the Merciless (Flash Gordon)
Those who grew up in the 80s know the classic character named Flash Gordon, who stars in a show named after himself. Of course, you would also be familiar with Gordon’s enemy, Ming the Merciless.
Even though Ming’s wealth isn’t often the subject of the Flash Gordon series, the fact that the guy owns his own planet and makes money through the interplanetary slave trade is all that you need to know about how rich he is. However, not even an entire planet makes him wealthier than the six other guys on this list. Ming the Merciless has an estimated net worth of $21 billion.
7. Oliver Warbucks (Little Orphan Annie)
Oliver Warbucks isn’t as well-known as the other characters on this list, but make no mistake about the fact that he is actually a very wealthy character. Warbucks’ story is actually quite heartwarming because he had to change his ways when a little girl was able to convince him to be more generous.
However, before that, Oliver Warbucks made his money as a defense contractor that supplied the US government with its weapons. Because we know that the largest and greatest military force in the world happens to be in the US, it is easy to understand why Warbucks has a net worth of $36.2 billion.
6. Carlisle Cullen (Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight)
Stephenie Meyer’s series of books and movies may be quite polarizing because of how people either love it or hate it. While Meyer got a lot of things wrong about vampires, what she did get right about them is that they are filthy rich. Of course, if you live to be more than 350 years old like Carlisle Cullen, you would be crazy not to be as wealthy as he is.
With an estimated net worth of $46 billion, Carlisle Cullen is one of the wealthiest fictional characters of all time. Being as old as he is allowed him to amass his wealth by relying on the compound interest of all of his properties. Of course, he had nearly four centuries to allow the interest to continue to compound, and that makes a lot of sense.
5. Santa Claus (mythology)
We might get a lot of hate from kids who will claim that Santa Claus is real. But he isn’t, and that is why we are listing him as one of the wealthiest fictional characters of all time. And there is a very good reason why Santa Claus belongs on this list.
The story of Santa Claus centers around him owning a factory where elves make toys in time for Christmas so that he can go around the world delivering gifts to nice children throughout the globe, all for free. Given the fact that he is supposed to give billions of toys to billions of children, he must be worth billions. And that is why he is estimated to have a net worth of $51 billion.
4. Flintheart Glomgold (Disney’s DuckTales)
Another duck belongs to this list, as we introduce Flintheart Glomgold, who is given the distinction of being the second wealthiest duck in the world. Of course, he is second only to Scrooge McDuck when it comes to the richest ducks in the world. However, his net worth of nearly $52 billion is enough to make him belong on this list.
Flintheart is Scrooge’s rival and is often portrayed as a duck that is jealous of the richest duck in the world. It even came to a point where he was able to win all of Scrooge’s wealth through a bet that left McDuck penniless.
3. Smaug the Dragon (JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit)
It isn’t a coincidence that the third wealthiest fictional character of all time is another hoarder like Scrooge McDuck. Those who have read or seen JRR Tolkien’s works would be familiar with Smaug the Dragon, who terrorized the dwarven city of Erebor and took all of the riches that the dwarves were keeping in their lonely mountain.
Smaug, throughout the entire story of The Hobbit, stayed inside Erebor guarding all of the riches that the dwarves stored in that mountain just because he wanted to. Being a dragon, he really didn’t have anything to do with the wealth in that mountain. He just wanted to keep the gold to himself. As such, Smaug is estimated to have a net worth of around $54.1 billion.
2. Scrooge McDuck (Disney’s DuckTales)
Earning the far second spot on this list is the beloved Disney duck and filthy rich uncle of Donald Duck named Scrooge McDuck. With a net worth of around $65.4 billion but is often bloated out of proportion by Disney writers, Scrooge is described as the very example of what it means to be a miserly rich person in the sense that he likes hoarding wealth to the point that it becomes questionable what he plans to do with all of the money he has. Of course, we cannot forget about the fact that Scrooge is actually shown in illustrations swimming in a pool of his own money.
Scrooge McDuck, unlike T’Challa, earned his wealth through hard work. He is a rags-to-riches character that had to work his way up to the top through his mining venture. For a long time, he used to be Disney’s wealthiest character. That all changed when Disney acquired Marvel, which is the home of Black Panther himself.
1. T’Challa AKA Black Panther (Marvel Comics)
Topping this list is the monarch of the fictional African kingdom called Wakanda. T’Challa is a character that started off as one of Marvel’s most popular comic book heroes, but behind those cat-like reflexes and amazing physical strength is a man who is actually the wealthiest fictional character of all time to the point that he could probably be wealthier than any of the other names on this list combined.
While Wakanda is often described as a country that is secluded from the rest of the world, the fact is that the rare metal called vibranium, which costs $10,000 per gram, can only be found in that country. Wakanda is home to more than 10,000 tons of vibranium. So, when you add the numbers together, the royal family of that kingdom is estimated to have a worth of $90.7 trillion. Yes, we are not talking about billions but trillions, and that is why T’Challa is considered the wealthiest fictional character of all time.