Financial Fiction: The World's Richest Imaginary People

A 370-year-old vampire, a miserly duck and a guy who found oil with a shotgun

By Greg Wilson
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:58 AM PDT
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Financial Fiction: The World's Richest Imaginary People

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In the real world, you're worth more than everyone on Forbes' latest list of the richest people in the world.

The venerable magazine has put together a roster of the world's wealthiest fictional characters, with imaginary magnates like Thurston Howell III, Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich and "Twilight's" Carlisle Cullen boasting bogus bankrolls. Topping the list: Cullen, the 370-year-old vampire who has built a $34.1 billion fortune thanks to stock-picking by his adopted daughter Alice, who can see the future.

Cartoon miser McDuck is worth an estimated $33.5 billion, Rich's fortune is up to $11.5 billion and Beverly Hillbilly Jed Clampett's oil holdings are now worth $7.2 billion. Sir  Topham Hatt, the schedule-obsessed railroad tycoon from Thomas the Tank Engine is worth $2 billion, some $100 million less than Howell. Lucille Bluth, the matriarch of the "Arrested Development" family's real estate empire, is $950 million.

Perhaps most disturbing about the list is that the Tooth Fairy can now afford to buy Uncle Sam. The man who wants you went from infinite wealth to being worth less than a billion today, according to the magazine's calculations. The Tooth Fairy's dental investments are now worth $3.9 billion.

The magazine put together its list based on an analysis of each fictional character's source material, and valued against known real-world commodity and share price fluctuations. In the case of privately held fictional companies, such as Rich Industries, analysts sought to identify comparable fictional public companies.

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