They're fun-loving, filthy rich, and fictional

163046__mrburns_lExcellent, as Simpsons fatcat Montgomery Burns (No. 5) might say.

The number-crunchers at Forbes have figured out who the 15 wealthiest fictional characters are. Not too many surprises, though I was disappointed to learn that J.R. Ewing and Charles Foster Kane fell off the list since it was last compiled three years ago. (Newcomers include Jed Clampett, Lara Croft, and Lucius Malfoy. Congrats!)
A few quibbles, though: Santa Claus (No. 1) is fictional? How does Richie Rich (No. 3), a minor with little legal control over his own pursestrings, rank higher than Scrooge McDuck (No. 6). And has anyone at Forbes seen the recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? Mr. Bingley has a house the size of New Jersey, while Mr. Darcy has a mansion so jam-packed with objets d’art that it makes Kane’s Xanadu look like a tool shed. C’mon, Forbes, your list already has a severe Anglophile tilt (five of the 15 live in England), so why not these guys? Next time, look beyond the usual suspects.

I’m sure PopWatch readers can think of many worthy gazillionaires who’ve been ignored by this list.

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  • Connie

    How about Dr. Evil from Austin Powers? He owns Starbucks and they make something like $3 billion a year in revenue. Plus he owns all sorts of crazy gadgets that can go to the moon (which costs the U.S. government something like $8 billion) so he’s gotta be on this list!

  • brandonk

    I enjoyed the list…hilarious! But why was everyone from the U.S. or Britain (with the exception of Santa)?

  • Cliff

    What about Paris Hilton? She’s loaded and completely fictional.
    She is fictional, right?

  • EP Sato

    DUH, COBRA Commander (President of COBRA) and Miles Mayhem (President of VENOM). As the leaders of the criminal organizations of the 1980’s cartoon serials, these men would spend insane sums of money and manpower to do the most minute things. Surely, Cobra Commander’s ownership of a small army has got to have a net worth higher than Al Qaeda’s. I wouldn’t bring up these names, but dude, Lex Luthor?
    Lex Luthor is a broke azzed Byotch compared to Dr. Doom, a man so wealthy he owns a country.
    Finally, Tyrel of the Tyrel Corporation (from Blade Runner) is so rich that he can afford to build a pyramid in the heart of downtown LA. Let’s see Trump try to pull off that stunt.
    But then again, Forbes has never exactly been known for any sort of you know, creativity, imagination or (for that matter) taste in popular culture. My advice to Forbes? Stick to financial advice. Aww YEAH!

  • Junior

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    Let’s alert the public of the Hartford’s behavior.

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