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Winners and losers on the Forbes Fictional 15

April 15, 2010

An actor dressed as Darth Vader passes in front of a model of Jabba the Hutt during the Star Wars Celebration Europe exhibition at the Excel Centre in London July 13, 2007. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)It’s always good to see a venerable business mag can also have a sense of humor.

Most people know Forbes publishes the ranks of the world’s richest people, this year topped by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But the magazine also does another annual list that will be of much more interest to those of us who love TV, movies and other fun escapes: the Forbes Fictional 15 rankings of fiction’s richest.

As Forbes points out, “Global markets are rapidly recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, and so are the fortunes of the fictitious.”  Topping the list this year is newcomer Carlisle Cullen, the head of the vampire coven in the “Twilight” novels and movies.  Cullen “has accumulated a fortune of $34.1 billion.” Not surprisingly for a 370-year-old, his gains are attributed to “long-term investments.”

Perhaps the most noteworthy newcomer to the list is the Tooth Fairy, at $3.9 billion. Good for her because, as the magazine points out, she “has blown several previous fortunes 50 cents at a time.”

Some big names also dropped off the list this year. “Gordon Gekko, the hero of the forthcoming “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, drops off the list after a stint in federal lock-up.” Also suffering a fall in fortunes was Jabba the Hutt of “Star Wars” fame (well, actually he didn’t suffer a fall in fortune, he just died, which I guess could be interpreted as a fall in fortune).

Of course, these titans of fiction are still a long way from eclipsing the real thing. In the real world of money, Carlos Slim is worth $53.5 billion, narrowly tipping No. 2 Bill Gates, who charted $53 billion and laggard Warren Buffett at $47 billion. Eat that Bruce Wayne.

One comment so far

I do agree with your “Gatsby” rating, and YES! to Scrooge McDuck’s rating (my favorite rich-guy of all time). But what about “Daddy Warbucks” of “Little Orphan Annie” fame? [after WWII, he had much more than 1 million, i.e. 10 million x 1000 for inflation and investment = at least $10 billion, present-value]. Or “Father” of “Bringing up Father” fame? [Such a putz he’d probably lost it all in this past recession, but maybe with luck his wealth declined from $10 billion to $1billion]. And what about the geezer that gave awaty $1 million every week on “The Millionaire” (named: something-Tipton-something). I watched that for years. Let’s assume he gave away $1 Million for 100 weeks in 1958-1959. Multiply by 100 for inflation and investing prowess. This yields at least $10 billion. And what about the “Millionaire Next Door” who was so clever he gained at least $1 Billion by buying into Berkshire-Hathaway and getting out when the time was right,

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