Who says we don’t tell stories anymore? Even Forbes does. Forbes Magazine, known for its annual list of the world’s richest people just release its 2011 version of the “Forbes Fictional 15”, the fifteen richest fictional characters. Their rules for getting on the list are as follows:
To qualify for the Fictional 15, we require that candidates be an authored fictional creation, a rule which excludes mythological and folkloric characters. They must star in a specific narrative work or series of works. And they must be known, both within their fictional universe and by their audience, for being rich.
Net worth estimates are based on an analysis of the fictional character’s source material, and where possible, valued against known real-world commodity and share price movements. In the case of privately held fictional concerns, we seek to identify comparable fictional public companies. All figures are as of market close, April 1, 2011.
So, obviously this is my new favorite thing. This year’s Forbes Fictional 15 are:
1) Scrooge McDuck
2) Carlisle Culler
3) Artemis Fowl II
4) Richie Rich
5) Jed Clampett
6) Tony Stark
8) Bruce Wayne
9) Mr. Monopoly
10) Arthur Bach (This seems suspiciously like product placement for the movie to me.)
11) Jo Bennett
12) C. Montgomery Burns
13) Chuck Bass
14) Gordon Gekko
15) Jeffrey Lebowski
What about Daddy Warbucks?!
For more info, and to read the “interviews” with the Fictional Fifteen, click here.
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