Lisbeth Salander, Carlisle Cullen, and The Hobbit's Smaug Make Forbes' List of Richest Fictional Characters
04.24.12 by Chris
In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, the dragon Smaug hoards a vast and countless collection of gold and gems inside Middle-Earth's Lonely Mountain. Well, the people at Forbes counted that treasure and put the dragon on the top of its annual List of Richest Fictional Characters.
The bean counters over at Forbes estimate that Smaug's fortune is worth a cool $62B, putting him above other fictional billionaires like Uncle Scrooge and Twilight's Carlisle Cullen. (It's possible we could get a glimpse of Smaug in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.)
Think Forbes makes up these numbers? Nope. Editor Michael Noer said the publication analyzes the source material in detail, examining the characters' income, commodities, and stock prices. And even though all these characters are fictional, Noer said that real people can learn a thing or two from their fictional fortunes.
Carlisle Cullen illustrates a valuable real-world lesson, which is the power of compounding interest. If you take a small amount of money and put it in a bank say in 1640, you would be worth billions now.
Of course, it helps if you are a vampire and can collect those billions 372 years later. Another way to acquire your fortune is to do what The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander did, making billions by hacking into the bank accounts of a known weapons dealer. Or you can follow Forrest Gump and become an early investor in a tech company (Apple).
Lieutenant Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then I got a call from him, saying we don't have to worry about money no more. And I said, that's good! One less thing.
Below is the list of characters who made Forbes' List of Richest Fictional Characters.
#1 Smaug (The Hobbit) — $62 billion
#2 Flintheart Glomgold (Uncle Scrooge) — $51.9B
#3 Carlisle Cullen (The Twilight series) — $36.3B
#4 Jed Clampett (he Beverly Hillbillies) — $9.8B
#5 Tony Stark (Iron Man) — $9.3B
#6 Richie Rich (Richie Rich comic books) — $8.9B
#7 Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane) — $8.3B
#8 Bruce Wayne (The Dark Knight) — $6.9B
#9 Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump) — $5.7B
#10 Mr. Monopoly (Monopoly board game) — $2.5B
#11 Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) — $2.4B
#12 Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones) — $2.1B
#13 C. Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons) — $1.3B
#14 Robert Crawley (Downton Abbey) — $1.1B
#15 Jo Bennett (The Office) — $1B