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“Money can’t buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy,” the poet Spike Milligan once quipped. In fiction, certainly, millionaires and billionaires often find that their fortunes cause more trouble than they bargained for.
As nominated by Forbes, here are some of the wealthiest fictional characters the world has ever seen (excluding mythical and folkloric characters). Forbes chose to remove Santa Claus from the list after editors were “bombarded by letters from outraged children insisting that Claus is real.”
21. Lucille Bluth – $950 million
She’s the wife of the imprisoned George Bluth Sr, a corrupt property developer who leaves his spouse with a net value of $950 million. Lucille Bluth of Arrested Development lives the high life, splashing her cash on auctions, chemical face peels and robot vacuums.
Bluth is highly materialistic and a functioning alcoholic, and she treats many members of her family with complete scorn and cruelty. But among her best-loved lines is the famous cost-of-living comment: “I mean, it’s one banana, Michael. What could it cost? Ten dollars?”
20. Jay Gatsby – $1 billion
The mysterious star of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a millionaire living on Long Island. Unlike the high society circles that he parties with, Gatsby is a self-made man who was raised in poverty in the Midwest.
He makes $1 billion in today’s money through a bootlegging empire. But Gatsby’s new fortune brings him no joy, as he struggles to impress the upper-class woman that he loves. Gatsby has been portrayed by Alan Ladd, Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprio over the decades.