Forbes released its annual list of the 15 richest fictional characters, and there’s a new leader in regards to the fictional world’s richest man. An ancient dragon named Smaug, better known as “Smaug the Unassessably Wealthy” topped this year’s list. Smaug stems from the Lord of The Ring series and has a massive collection of gold and jewels that he has taken from unwilling patrons over multiple decades. Smaug’s net worth jumped 16% to 62 billion this year making him the new richest man (or dragon) in the world.
A character that will be none-too happy about this news is Scrooge McDuck’s greatest rival Flintheart Glomgold. Glomgold acquired all of Scrooge’s 52 Billion net worth after besting Scrooge in a race around the world. The story was all over the papers, you couldn’t have missed it.
Some other names of note include Montgomery Burns at 1.2 Billion, Bruce Wayne at 6.9 Billion, and newcomer Tywin Lannister who is just having a monster year in general.
Forbes describes the necessary criteria for their fictional list as, “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.”
This list of course contradicts an ever-growing fictional class divide. The top 1% of fictional characters get richer, everyone else gets poorer.