You don’t have to be real to be rich. These super-wealthy fictional characters from film, TV, books and games hold a wide variety of occupations ranging from superheros to crime lords, but they all have one thing in common — a net worth in the billions.
From Bruce Wayne to Christian Grey, click through to see how rich these characters would be in the real world.
- Occupation: Former CEO
- Net worth: $1 billion
- Character from: “The Office”
Jo Bennett rose to the rank of CEO of Sabre, a printing company based in Tallahassee, Fla., which acquired the paper company and home of “The Office,” Dunder Mifflin. Bennett was ousted from her CEO role by David California but managed to liquidate Sabre before he was able to run it to the ground. She eventually sold Dunder Mifflin to David Wallace, bringing her net worth to an estimated $1 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Bootlegger
- Net worth: $1 billion
- Character from: “The Great Gatsby”
Jay Gatsby, a.k.a. “The Great Gatsby,” did not come from money but made his fortune through bootlegging and possibly some sort of illegal side venture, as hinted at by Tom Buchanan in the book. Gatsby owns numerous valuable assets, including his 12-bedroom mansion in West Egg worth $39.5 million, a custom Rolls-Royce and two motorboats.
Forbes estimates the novel protagonist to be worth $1 billion. But are you curious to see how rich the actor who played Gatsby is? Check out and compare Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth.
Lady Mary Crawley
- Occupation: Lady
- Net worth: $1.1 billion
- Character from: “Downton Abbey”
It’s no secret the cast of “Downton Abbey” is worth millions — but what about the fictional characters?
Lady Mary Crawley of “Downton Abbey” is the daughter of the Earl of Grantham and widow of Matthew Reginald Crawley. Matthew’s death left her with a large fortune, which Forbes estimates is worth $1.1 billion.
- Occupation: Real estate heir
- Net worth: $1.1 billion
- Character from: “Gossip Girl”
Chuck Bass inherited his fortune after the passing of his father, Bart Bass, who ran the multibillion-dollar international real estate and construction company Bass Industries. The “Gossip Girl” bad boy ended up cashing out his shares of the company to purchase NYC’s Empire Hotel, which has proven to be a profitable investment.
The real-life hotel boasts $586,000 in estimated annual revenue, according to Buzzfile. Geek VIP estimates the infamous Upper East Sider’s net worth to be $1.1 billion.
Rich Uncle Pennybags a.k.a. Mr. Monopoly
- Occupation: Real estate investor
- Net worth: $1.2 billion
- Character from: Monopoly
Mr. Monopoly, formerly known has Rich Uncle Pennybags, has several profitable real estate holdings in the Atlantic City, N.J. area. You can tell the board game mascot has money by his fancy suit and top hat, which he is never seen without. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.2 billion.
- Occupation: Archaeologist
- Net worth: $1.3 billion
- Character from: “Tomb Raider” franchise
Angelina Jolie has a sky-high net worth, but her famous character is worth even more.
Lady Lara Croft is the Countess of Abbington and owns the Croft Estates, which include three separate manor houses. Croft inherited a fortune from her parents after their separate untimely deaths. Although she has family money, Croft has followed her father’s footsteps and works in the archaeology field — though many detractors question her methods. She has even been accused of stealing treasure from the sites she discovers, which is how she got the nickname “Tomb Raider.”
The star of her namesake video games and movies is worth an estimated $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.
C. Montgomery Burns
- Occupation: Power plant owner
- Net worth: $1.5 billion
- Character from: “The Simpsons”
Mr. Burns owns and operates the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on “The Simpsons” and sometimes resorts to unsavory means to ensure profits. He’s disposed of toxic waste on playgrounds and in parks, replaced all of his power plant employees with robots and blocked out the sun so that Springfield’s residents would need to use more electricity.
While his business practices are (literally) shady, they seem to be profitable — Forbes estimates C. Montgomery Burns’ net worth to be $1.5 billion. But, how does his net worth compare to the Simpson’s cast members’ fortunes?
- Occupation: Wizard
- Net worth: $1.6 billion
- Character from: “Harry Potter”
“Harry Potter” villain Lucius Malfoy was born into a wealthy wizarding family and raised at the luxurious Malfoy Manor estate. The Malfoys are one of the richest families in Britain and have been expanding their empire as they annex surrounding lands formerly owned by Muggles.
Malfoy lived off his family’s wealth rather than seeking employment and achieved notoriety as one of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters. His estimated net worth is $1.6 billion, according to Geek VIP.
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- Occupation: Tech entrepreneur
- Net worth: $1.7 billion
- Character from: “Two and a Half Men”
Walden Schmidt is a child prodigy who skipped half of high school and earned his first million by the time he turned 19. The “Two and a Half Men” star became a billionaire after selling a website he co-founded with his friend Billy to Microsoft for $1.3 billion. Walden made an additional billion dollars when he restarted and then sold his and Billy’s software company.
While Schmidt has the tech savvy to add even more to his fortune if he applied himself, he tends to spend his free time playing video games and chasing women instead.
- Occupation: Hand of the King
- Net worth: $1.8 billion
- Character from: “Game of Thrones”
Tywin Lannister is “the wealthiest man in the Seven Kingdoms” on “Game of Thrones.” And Forbes estimates his net worth to be $1.8 billion.
Lannister holds numerous titles, including head of House Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, Warden of the West, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands and Hand of the King. His wealth originated from an inheritance left by his father Tytos.
Willy Wonka is the owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, and though the factory was temporarily shuttered, Wonka managed to profitably reopen it after a lengthy hiatus.
As Business2Community.com points out, Wonka was actually a really smart businessman. His “golden ticket” promotion got people to buzz about his products again and also gave consumers more incentive to buy, given that they had the opportunity to win a coveted factory tour if they purchased one of the lucky chocolate bars. Wonka was also a great innovator, always coming up with new products — like Everlasting Gobstoppers, Fizzy Lifting Drinks and Golden Chocolate Eggs — that set him apart from his competition.
However, Wonka did engage in some unethical business practices, namely his use of Oompa Loompas — who some posit were slaves — to manufacture his products. Willy Wonka’s estimated net worth is $1.9 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Attorney and business owner
- Net worth: $2 billion
- Character from: “The Addams Family”
While Gomez Addams is a (rarely practicing) attorney, much of his wealth comes from his investments, which have been financially fruitful.
In addition to profits from investing, “The Addams Family” patriarch also owns successful businesses around the world, including a crocodile farm, a salt mine, a buzzard farm, a tombstone factory and a uranium mine, among others. Thanks to his good fortune, Addams’ net worth is an estimated $2 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Businessman
- Net worth: $2.2 billion
- Character from: “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Christian Grey of “Fifty Shades of Grey” fame sits at the helm of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. According to the company website, it’s “a global leader in communications technologies, eco manufacturing and next generation farming solutions” and has 40,000 employees.
According to author E.L. James, Grey has been named Most Successful U.S. Businessman Under the Age of 30 and ranks among the Top Five American CEOs. His company was started from a $100,000 loan and is now worth billions. Forbes estimates Christian Grey’s net worth to be $2.2 billion — see how that compares to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” cast members’ fortunes.
- Occupation: Casino owner
- Net worth: $2.5 billion
- Character from: “Ocean’s Eleven”
“Ocean’s Eleven” villain Terry Benedict is the owner of the three casinos Danny Ocean is targeting in his next heist: the Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. The casinos turn over millions of dollars in revenue each quarter, easily making Benedict a billionaire.
In the quarter ending in December 2016, the Bellagio’s net revenue was $333.1 million, the Mirage brought in $137.5 million, and the MGM Grand’s net revenue was $262.9 million. Geek VIP estimates Benedict’s net worth to be $2.5 billion.
- Occupation: Hacker
- Net worth: $2.6 billion
- Character from: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
In “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” expert hacker, crime solver and social vigilante Lisbeth Salander is brought on by journalist Mikael Blomkvist to help solve the mystery of a missing girl and take down billionaire industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström, who is suing Blomkvist for libel. Salander is able to hack into Wennerström’s computer and finds damning information about him — and happens to steal $2.6 billion from his bank account along the way.
- Occupation: Rich kid
- Net worth: $5.8 billion
- Character from: “Richie Rich”
Richie Rich is the only child of two incredibly wealthy parents who gave him everything he could ever want. Sadly, Rich’s parents were killed in a plane crash orchestrated by the head of a rival company.
Though Rich is too young to formally take control of his parents’ company Rich Industries, he is able to operate it through his legal guardian and manservant Cadbury. He is the sole heir of the Rich fortune, placing his net worth at $5.8 billion, according to Forbes.
Thurston Howell, III
- Occupation: Businessman
- Net worth: $8 billion
- Character from: “Gilligan’s Island”
Before getting stranded on “Gilligan’s Island,” Thurston Howell, III was the head of Howell Industries, which he inherited from his father. He went on to head 12 corporations and thousands of employees.
Howell owns properties in all 50 states and has several maids and butlers at his main estate. He’s also a member of two yacht clubs and has so much money that he brought $500,000 cash on what was supposed to be a three-hour tour. His net worth is $8 billion, according to Geek VIP.
Jabba the Hutt
- Occupation: Crime lord
- Net worth: $8.4 billion
- Character from: “Star Wars”
Jabba the Hutt of “Star Wars” fame gained his fortune through a life of crime. As a gangster and crime lord, Jabba secured wealth for his planet Tatooine by controlling piracy, slavery and the trafficking of illegal goods.
Described as “the wealthiest gangster in a hundred worlds,” Jabba lives in a palace and keeps a flesh-eating monster for entertainment. His net worth is an estimated $8.4 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Investor
- Net worth: $8.5 billion
- Character from: “Wall Street”
This ruthless investor in “Wall Street” — one of the best movies about money and the stock market — famously proclaimed “Greed is good.” And greed has paid off for Gordon Gekko. The infamous corporate raider made billions through his investment firm Gekko & Co. in the 1980s.
Though he was sent to prison for insider trading and securities fraud, he was eventually released and returned to investing, bringing his net worth to $8.5 billion, Geek VIP estimates.
- Occupation: Business owner
- Net worth: $9.2 billion
- Character from: “Batman”
The comic book hero better known as Batman, Bruce Wayne inherited his fortune when his parents were gunned down in front of him when he was only a kid. Wayne came to own Wayne Enterprises, which was worth $27,400,000 at the time, according to a Batman comic released in 1974.
The company has grown to have numerous branches, including technology, biotech, aerospace, chemicals, shipping, medical, electronics, entertainment, steel, shipbuilding and foods. Thanks to the success of Wayne Enterprises, Forbes estimates Bruce Wayne’s net worth at $9.2 billion.
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- Occupation: Shrimp sales/Investor
- Net worth: $9.45 billion
- Character from: “Forrest Gump”
Forrest Gump’s business partner Lieutenant Dan had the foresight to invest profits from their shrimp boating sales into “some kind of fruit company” — which turned out to be the very profitable Apple Inc.
Yahoo! Finance estimates that Gump bought a 3 percent share of the company at the time for $100,000, and that 3 percent is now worth $18.9 billion. However, since Lieutenant Dan was also involved in the investment, that means Gump’s share would be 50 percent — or $9.45 billion.
- Occupation: Oil baron
- Net worth: $9.8 billion
- Character from: “The Beverly Hillbillies”
The patriarch of “The Beverly Hillbillies” clan, Jed Clampett became rich when he discovered oil on his family’s Texas property. He sold the land for the 2017 equivalent of $800 million and moved his family of four to Beverly Hills. Once there, they purchased a 25,000-square-foot mansion now worth $350 million, making it the most expensive home in the country, according to Bloomberg.
Though the price of oil has dropped in the past few years, Clampett’s estimated net worth is an impressive $9.8 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Businessman
- Net worth: $10.1 billion
- Character from: DC Comics
DC Comic villain and Superman archenemy Lex Luthor built his financial empire through business savvy, intelligence — and backstabbing and murder.
Luthor is the founder of LexCorp, a multinational conglomerate that has acquired many smaller businesses, including airlines, communications companies and banks. The company also has real estate holdings around the world. Thanks to LexCorp’s international success, Geek VIP estimates Luthor’s net worth to be $10.1 billion.
Charles Foster Kane
- Occupation: Media baron
- Net worth: $11.2 billion
- Character from: “Citizen Kane”
The star of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” used the inheritance from his family’s gold mine to purchase the newspaper The New York Inquirer. Although the paper wasn’t making money initially, Kane relied on yellow journalism, sensationalism and poaching talent from other papers to grow his into a successful business.
A modern Kane likely would have expanded his holdings to include, radio, television and movie studios, in addition to newspapers across the country, reports Forbes, which estimates his net worth to be $11.2 billion.
- Occupation: Business owner and inventor
- Net worth: $12.4 billion
- Character from: “Iron Man”
Marvel’s Tony Stark inherited much of his wealth after his parents were killed in a car accident, leaving him to run the successful firm Stark Industries. Though he wasn’t a natural businessman, the company has been profitable thanks to the leadership of Virginia “Pepper” Potts.
In addition to revenue from his business, much of Stark’s net worth comes from his valuable inventions, investments and properties, including his Iron Man suits (worth $7 billion), Stark Tower, his J.A.R.V.I.S. computer system (worth $10 million), mansion (worth $25 million) and luxury cars. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $12.4 billion.
Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks
- Occupation: Defense contractor
- Net worth: $36.2 billion
- Character from: “Annie”
“Annie’s” Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks is the owner of Warbucks Industries and a successful defense contractor. Even though Warbucks has donated much of his earnings to philanthropic causes at the urging of his adopted daughter Annie, the Iraq conflict caused a boom in his net worth, bringing it to $36.2 billion, according to Geek VIP.
- Occupation: Doctor
- Net worth: $46 billion
- Character from: “Twilight”
Though “Twilight” patriarch Carlisle Cullen is a successful doctor, his fortune comes from smart investing — and being immortal so that he can reap the profits from those investments over hundreds of years, Forbes suggests.
While the Cullens are described as incredibly wealthy in the popular vampire series, no explanation is given for how Carlisle accumulated his wealth. But stocks seems like a viable option, especially given his adopted daughter Alice’s ability to see the future. Forbes estimates Cullen’s net worth at $46 billion.
- Occupation: Plunderer
- Net worth: $54.1 billion
- Character from: “The Hobbit”
Being a pillaging dragon has proved fruitful for Smaug, who appears in “The Hobbit” book and movies. According to the novel, Smaug sleeps on a pile of gold and silver, has diamonds and other precious stones encrusted in his belly, and also owns the Arkenstone of Thrain, a giant diamond “worth more than a river of gold in itself.”
Based on the estimated size of Smaug’s body and the value of precious metals and diamonds, Forbes estimates Smaug’s net worth to be $54.1 billion.
- Occupation: Mine and mill owner
- Net worth: $65.4 billion
- Character from: “Donald Duck” comics
Donald Duck’s penny-pinching uncle Scrooge McDuck came from humble beginnings before amassing his fortune. McDuck’s first job was shining shoes before he left his native Glasgow to dig for gold in the Klondike. He eventually started his own businesses, founding mines and mills that helped him build his billion dollar legacy. McDuck famously stored his fortune in a giant money bin filled with gold coins.
Forbes estimates his net worth to be $65.4 billion.
T’Challa a.k.a Black Panther
- Occupation: King of Wakanda
- Net worth: $90.7 trillion
- Character from: Marvel comics
Marvel comic book character T’Challa reigns over the fictional African country of Wakanda, which is home to nearly all the world’s reserves of Vibranium — a super strong metal that, according to the comics, is the main component of Captain America’s shield. Because of its super strength, the metal comes with a super large price tag of $10,000 per gram.
Wakanda is home to 10,000 tons of Vibranium, putting T’Challa’s net worth in the trillions.
About the Author
Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert.