Move over, Scrooge McDuck and Carlisle Cullen: You’re not the richest made-up beings in the world anymore.
Forbes has released its annual, tongue-in-cheek “Fictional 15″ list of the wealthiest fictional characters, and last year’s leaders, the gold-hoarding McDuck and “Twilight” patriarch Cullen have been bumped from the top two spots. For 2012, the richest fictional character is Smaug the Dragon from “The Hobbit,” with an estimated net worth of $62 billion, based largely on current gold and silver prices and the approximate size of the pile of treasure on which he sleeps.*
(*Forbes also has a pretty amusing piece detailing how it calculated Smaug’s wealth and the many objections from “Hobbit” fans about what they deemed was a gross underestimation of the dragon’s riches last year.)
Scrooge McDuck was left penniless after his archrival Flintheart Glomgold stole his fortune and assumed the No. 2 spot on the list. Carlisle Cullen drops down to third, although his estimated net worth rose $100 million to $36.3 billion in the past year.
Newcomers to the list include Lisbeth Salander, aka “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” who hacked her way to some $2.4 billion, and Tywin Lannister of “Game of Thrones,” whose shrewdness with a buck has helped him amass a $2.1 billion fortune. “Downton Abbey’s” Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, makes the list at No. 14.
Returning fake billionaires on the list include Bruce Wayne, C. Montgomery Burns, Jed Clampett and Tony Stark.