Every year, Forbes magazine ranks the 15 richest tycoons, entrepreneurs, and plutocrats in the world of fiction. But this clutch of characters from novels, movies, TV shows, and comic books aren't too far removed from their colorful counterparts in the real business world. Here's a quick review of some of this year's top imaginary billionaires, and their closest doppelgangers.
No. 1: Carlisle Cullen from Twilight, $34.5 billion
This stunningly handsome vampire patriarch is ageless, sparkly in direct sunlight, a doctor -- and he owns an entire island off the coast of South America. In his musty crypt in Transylvania, Dracula's seething with envy.
In reality: Steve Jobs of Apple
No. 2: Scrooge McDuck, $33.5 billion
You'd think that any waterfowl with a skyscraper-sized vault of money would top the list, but I guess the additional security expenses of keeping out those thieving Beagle Boys have knocked Scrooge down the rankings a bit. A self-made duck whose bluster conceals a noble heart, Scrooge clings tenaciously to every dime, despite his fantastic wealth.
In reality: Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway
No. 4: Tony Stark, $8.8 billion
Being a peerless inventor and a fantastically wealthy CEO isn't enough for Tony Stark. He's also an amateur race-car driver, philanthropist, world-class party animal, and oh yes -- a superhero, thanks to his Iron Man armor. On the flip side, he struggles with alcoholism, there are fatal chunks of shrapnel buried in his chest, and people in giant metal suits are always trying to kill him. Yeah, we still kinda want to be him anyway.
In reality: Larry Ellison of Oracle
No. 6: Adrian Veidt, $7 billion
Better known as the ex-superhero Ozymandias from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel Watchmen (and its subsequent movie version), Veidt used his prodigious intellect to fight supercrime and conquer the business world. After making billions almost effortlessly, this boyish genius decided to save the planet -- by any means necessary.
In reality: Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
No. 12: C. Montgomery Burns, $1.3 billion
From blotting out the sun to ensure steady customers for his nuclear power plant, to adopting a passel of greyhound puppies just to make a coat out of them, there's no depth to which this deceptively fragile plutocrat won't sink. That said, he does have a very nice singing voice.
In reality: Rupert Murdoch of News Corp.
Check out the full list of fictional financiers, from Bruce Wayne to Lucille Bluth, and tell us who you'd pick as their real-life doubles in the comments box below.
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