Real and Fake Billionaires

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are routinely at the head of the class when Forbes releases their Billionaires List every year. But I thought I would throw out some more names and numbers partly for perspective, and partly for fun. Included in this list are wealthy people from different generations (with very rough inflation-adjusted, US dollar estimates) as well as some fictitious characters from popular culture. Enjoy!

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Alexander the GreatTens or Hundreds of Trillions? (having conquered most of the known world)

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John D. Rockefeller$392.2 Billion (the oil guy)

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Henry Ford$194.9 Billion (the car guy)

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Bill Gates$40.0 Billion (the computer guy)

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Warren Buffett$37.0 Billion (the investing guy)

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Scrooge McDuck$29.1 Billion (the duck guy)

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Michael Bloomberg$16.0 Billion (Mayor of New York, and the “Bloomberg” guy)

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Pablo Escobar$15.4 Billion (Columbian Drug Czar guy)

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Queen Elizabeth II$14.0 Billion (including Crown property, a more modest $650 million without)

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Richie Rich$12.3 Billion (the kid guy)

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Gordon Gekko$8.5 Billion (the ‘Wall Street’ movie guy)

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Jabba the Hut$8.4 Billion (the Outer Rim crime lord guy)

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Phil Knight$8.2 Billion (the shoe guy)

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James Simons$8.0 Billion (the hedge fund guy)

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Tony Stark$7.9 Billion (the Iron Man guy)

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Bruce Wayne$5.8 Billion (the Bat guy)

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Steven Spielberg$3.1 Billion (the movie guy)

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Donald Trump$3.0 Billion (the billionaire guy)

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Oprah Winfrey$2.7 Billion (the talk show lady)

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C. Montgomery Burns$996 Million (the Simpson’s guy)

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Feel free to make suggestions for additions, I’ll throw them up as time goes on… :)

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee
...is an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Four Pillars

    Excellent!

  • Ink-Stained Gorilla

    Santa Claus, Daddy Warbucks.

  • Patrick

    Out of curiosity… where did you get all the numbers?

  • Jordan

    Hilarious!

    but I think Trump should be “The Bad hair real estate guy”

  • Preet

    @Four Pillars – yeah, you should’ve stumbled it by now… :)

    @Ink-Stained Gorilla – Okay, I’ll have to do some research

    @Patrick – combination of Forbes, Wikipedia and the New York times.

    @Jordan – I’m worried about libel with that guy… :)

  • SoLongShouldBeWrong

    The richest one of them all is some asshole nobody knows about. The biggest fish become the biggest fish, because no one has seen them – they are out of sight.

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