Santa is out and Tony Stark is in.
Jolly Ol’ St. Nick topped Forbes magazine’s list of the 15 richest fictional characters last year, but this year he’s been replaced by defense contractor Daddy Warbucks, who raised his worth through the Iraq war. Though Forbes still considers Santa’s worth as infinite, they excluded him from the list after getting “bombarded by letters from outraged children insisting that Claus is ‘real,’ ” according to a statement from Forbes.com.
Bruce Wayne, ranked number 7, is the richest superhero on the list with a net worth of $6.8 billion. Batman’s alter ego is followed by fellow superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Tony’s made his money through defense contracts, like Wayne, but his net worth is only $3 billion. Plumber Mario makes his debut on the list with a net worth of a cool billion dollars, earned by collecting those gold coins.
Other new additions to the list are Mr. Monopoly, spam entrepreneur Prince Abakaliki of Nigeria, and Tony Montana.
Forbes says, “Net worth estimates are based, when possible, on known commodity and share price movements. All prices as of market close, Nov. 17, 2006. In the case of privately held fictional concerns, we sought to identify comparable fictional public companies. Final net worths were calculated using a tiny grain of common sense and a large dose of salt.”
Forbes’ Fictional 15 List:
1. Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks $36.2 billion
2. Montgomery Burns $16.8 billion
3. Scrooge McDuck $10.9 billion
4. Richie Rich $10.7 billion
5. Jed Clampett $7.7 billion
6. Mr. Monopoly $7.1 billion
7. Bruce Wayne $6.8 billion
8. Tony Stark $3 billion
9. Prince Abakaliki of Nigeria $2.8 billion
10. Thurston Howell III $2.7 billion
11. Willy Wonka $2 billion
12. Lucius Malfoy $1.3 billion
13. Tony Montana $1 billion
14. Lara Croft $1 billion
15. Mario $1 billion