What’s a superpower Marvel’s top heroes and villains have in common? Being filthy rich. It seems there are more than a few good and nefarious figures that would find themselves listed as the 200 richest people on Earth – perhaps more so than real-life characters like Mark Zuckerberg (Net Worth – $52 billion)!
At least it answers the question of how they can afford all their weapons, keep their costumes fresh and not worry about how horribly beaten up they get while on a mission. Without further ado, here are the top twelve richest Marvel characters in the comic book universe and their net worth…
12. Emma Frost
Who is she? Powerful Mutant Telepath and Teacher
Net Worth: $3 Billion
You don’t get to be a member of the Hellfire Club unless you are in the global 1%. Not only does Emma Frost easily manage this through Frost International, she (unlike Charles Xavier) used her formidable psychic powers to get even richer. As CEO of Frost International, which is a multi-billion dollar company specializing in technology, electronics, and transportation, Frost eventually became wealthy enough to privately fund the island-based mutant sanctuary, Utopia for a long time.
11. Charles Xavier AKA Professor X
Who is he? Founder of the X-Men & Mutant
Net Worth: $3.5 Billion
Charles knew wealth his whole life. He had a top-notch education at Oxford and inherited a family estate in New York that he charitably converted into a boarding school (and rebuilt, several times). Not to mention the high-tech facility and bleeding edge technology underneath it. If we are to go by an extortion attempt by Famtonex, he and his school are worth a crisp $3.5 billion. None of which was supported by him exploiting his psychic powers, he used the more mundane parts of his brain to acquire smart investments that are still earning him plenty.
10. Reed Richards AKA Mister Fantastic
Who is he? Fantastic Four Leader
Net Worth: $5 Billion
While probably not up there with CEOs like Danny Rand or Tony Stark, Reed Richards has made enough on his patents that he can finance the Fantastic Four, own a 35-story tower right next to Grand Central and operate trips to space. Dubbed the smartest man in the Marvel Universe, he’s also rich enough to fund the closest thing among Marvel heroes to unbridled mad science all without fretting over how much he is spending. Or maybe it’s just Reed being Reed and thinking of nothing but what science experiment to perform next.
9. Norman Osborn AKA the Green Goblin
Who is he? Villain & Enemy of Spider-Man
Net Worth: $5 Billion
For a guy who has a chronic habit of dropping into periods of bonkers psychosis, Norman’s not exactly on the ropes financially – he’s the CEO of Oscorp after all. Oscorp is ubiquitous within New York, ubiquitous enough that in one session of petty grievances against Spider-Man, Norman made himself majority shareholder of the Daily Bugle. The wealthy industrialist is probably the more hard to guess on the list as whenever the Green Goblin takes over, he goes on a tirade of petty schemes that hurt Oscorp and his own bank account along with anyone who gets in his way.
8. Daniel Rand AKA Iron Fist
Who is he? Warrior, Member of The Defenders
Net Worth: $5 Billion
Danny Rand, like a few on this richest superhero list, mostly inherited his success. Though technically in charge of Rand-Meacham Inc. via a 50%+ stake in the company, Dany lives mostly away from a very large apartment in the Upper West Side (which can sell for about $2 million on the cheap end). Rand itself easily does very well as it operates several real-estate lettings around New York, a petroleum branch and clearly makes a lot of money in pharmaceutical research, development and distribution. While Danny himself uses both Rand’s profits and his personal income to fund the Secret Avengers and Heroes For Hire.
Who is he? King of the Olympian gods
Net Worth: $10 Billion + (Estimated)
Being immortal and over two thousand years old is a wonderful way to maximise your net worth. Hercules, unlike a lot of characters on this list, isn’t a CEO or an inheritor of a family fortune, but he is a shrewd investor, being one of Howard Stark’s initial backers. The son of Zeus however has such a head for finance that when he died in Hercules: Fall of an Avenger, it took almost two weeks to gather all the documents on his investment and venture portfolios. Oh and that Stark investment? If Hercules invested $100,000 in 1950, the figure would be worth over a billion dollars today by inflation alone. Never mind compound interest. Marvel Wikia reports that “when the size of the investment was calculated, a second line of zeroes was required”.
6. Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin
Who is he? Powerful Businessman, Enemy of Daredevil
Net Worth: $30 Billion
Wilson Fisk might not be the richest man in the country, but he must be loaded enough to not only sit on top of all the crime that happens in New York, but also channel funds into rebuilding an entire district. Owning construction company, Damage Control alongside Tony Stark, Fisk made a huge income by selling his stock. After regaining the company, the villain made bigger bucks when Damage Control was hired to repair the damages of the Acts of Vengeance. Whatever Fisk is valued at, easily involves at least nine zeroes, maybe ten.
5. Victor Von Doom AKA Doctor Doom
Who is he? Villain & Master of Science and Sorcery
Net Worth: $35 Billion
Victor has two things that keep him from being at the top of the list: Latveria, the country he rules, is as populous as a large city and most of his wealth comes from developments at Von Doom Industries. People might not be living in luxury there, but Doom must have some serious finances to allow this tiny European country to eclipse all others in terms of military and technological power. This edge, and what little Latveria does produce on its own, is also why we reckon he’s on his way to doing better than Tony Stark.
4. Justin Hammer
Who is he? Criminal Mastermind & Villain of Iron Man
Net Worth: Somewhere near $100 Billion
You don’t get to be the biggest rival of Stark Industries unless you are seriously big news yourself, as is the case with Justin Hammer, CEO of HammerTech – the 4th richest comic book character in the Marvel universe. Iron Man 2 presented him as a rather second-rate rival but don’t be fooled, in the comics, he’s bankrolled at least half of Iron Man’s adversaries who are not Russian knock-offs. This is all under the table, of course, but you don’t get to do that and compete with Stark unless your bank account is similarly enormous. In fact, Iron Man Armory reports that this rich supervillain’s “own holdings in the business world are second only to Stark’s”.
3. Tony Stark AKA Iron Man
Who is he? Founding Member of Avengers
Net Worth: $100 Billion
The “genius billionaire philanthropist” himself, at an estimated net worth of $100 billion, Anthony Edward Stark is quite possibly one of the richest men in America, perhaps easily ranking in the top five. And why wouldn’t he be? Stark Industries is the premier technology developer in everything from high-efficiency reactors to nanotechnology, prototype rockets and medical equipment. He’s got enough patents to be set for life. Stark has enough dollar bills that funding all the equipment the Avengers use (Quinjets and the headquarters) doesn’t even affect his bank account.
2. T’Challa AKA Black Panther
Who is he? King of Wakanda, Intellect & Martial Artist
Net Worth: $90 Trillion
In terms of actual net worth, it’s not exactly a contest without the Black Panther at the top. As absolute monarch of his country, his net worth is kind of tied to its own GDP and fiscal reserves. No surprise then that estimates of T’Challa’s net worth thanks to Wakanda’s 10,000 tonne reserve of Vibranium, range from $500 billion to $100 trillion. You know that statistic that says half the world’s wealth is owned by about 8 people? Well in theory, T’Challa possesses the equivalent of all the world’s wealth and then some – all $78 trillion dollars of the gross world product. Even if you discount the Vibranium Reserve, Wakanda’s financial situation and list of innovations Stark can barely dream of means he likely still top our list. Oh wait, almost.
Who is he? God of Thunder, Warrior, Founder of The Avengers
Net Worth: If gold is used as coins, we’d say he was pretty, actually, filthy rich.
Someone wealthier than T’Challa? We reckon it’s possible and we promised to reveal it in our Marvel Facts post. Thor is officially the richest Marvel superhero! The thing about Asgard is that it gathered a lot of plunder fighting to build the Nine Realms. As Hela asked, where did all the gold come from? Well not only is the royal family of Asgard owning some killer real-estate, but they possess multiple enormous vaults full of treasure that contain gold, gems, jewelry, statues and so on that were either generated by the realm itself or collected from various worlds. We’re not given a solid value, but since they’re a realm of Gods, they may have enough gold, precious things and artifacts to surpass the value of Wakanda’s Vibranium Reserves. Since the MCU’s Asgardians are highly advanced aliens instead, they might possibly be wealthy enough to consider gold cheap, but pretty nonetheless. Similar to how aluminium used to be the treasure of kings and emperors, before we found a cheap way to process it.
It seems that with super-talent comes super-wealth. There is no shortage of billionaires in the Marvel universe, we bet there were plenty more we could have listed. Are there any Marvel characters you think deserve to be in our list? Who might you rank as the top richest? Let us know in the comments…
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