Forbes just released its list of billionaires, and that makes me wonder about billionaires (and, millionaires too) in superhero comics.
Who are they?
How’d they get rich?
- R.J. Brande (“Legion of Superheroes”) — Star production
- Michael Jon Carter (Booster Gold) — Married into money
- John Clayton (Tarzan) — Inheritance, mining, precious metal & gem reserve, land
- Steve Dayton (Mento) — Inherited, psychology, inventions
- Sandman (Wesley Dodds) — Unknown
- Morgan Edge(“Jimmy Olsen,” “Superman”) — Gambling, media
- Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) — Importer, Crime
- Ben Grimm (The Thing) — Partner to Reed Richards, celebrity
- Carter Hall (Hawkman) — Unknown, but continued lifestyle with archaeology work
- Michael Holt (Mr. Terrific II) — Inventions, Medicine
- Loren Jupiter (“Teen Titans”) — Business savvy
- Ted Knight (Starman) — Unknown
- Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II) — Industrial research & development
- Lex Luthor (“Superman”) — Business savvy, crime
- Scrooge McDuck (Uncle Scrooge) — Business savvy
- Namor (Sub-Mariner) — Royalty, salvage operations
- Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) — Unknown (1st time), Inheritance (2nd)
- Britt Reid (The Green Hornet) — Inheritance
- John Reid (The Lone Ranger) — Silver mine
- Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) — Inventor
- Kyle Richmond (Nighthawk) — Unknown
- Ruby Ryder (“The Brave & The Bold”) — Unknown
- Silver Sable (Silver Sable) — Security services
- Clark Savage Jr. (Doc Savage) — Gold reserve
- Alan Scott (Green Lantern) — Media
- Thaddeus Sivana (“Power of Shazam!”) — Inventions, business savvy
- Terry Sloan (Mr. Terrific) — Financier
Marc Spector (Moon Knight) — Mercenary work, stock market
- Simon Stagg (Metamorpho foe) — Inventions, business savvy, crime
- Tony Stark (Iron Man) — Inheritance, Munitions
- Johnny Storm (Human Torch) — Inheritance, partner to Reed Richards, celebrity
- Susan Storm (Invisible girl) — Inheritance, wife of Reed Richards
- Andrea & Andreas Strucker (Fenris) — Inheritance
- T’Challa (Black Panther) — Royalty, mining, techology
- Dwayne Michael Turner (Night Thrasher) — Inheritance, charitable foundation director
- Rex Tyler (Hourman) — Chemical production company
- Janet Van Dyne (Wasp) — Inheritiance, Celebrity
- Victor Von Doom (Dr. Doom) — Conquest, royalty, technology
- Kit Walker (The Phantom) — Secret fund
- Bruce Wayne (Batman) — Inheritance, technology research
- Wally West (Flash III) — Lottery winner. Has since lost his fortune.
- Warren Worthington III (Angel) — Inheritance. And is he still rich?
- Charles Xavier (Professor X) — Inheritance, educator, activist, inventions.
I know the list is much, much longer. Who can you add? Who can you update? How would you rank them, from richest to not-so-richest?
Over at CaptainComics.US, we’ve been talking about this subject on this thread.