50 Richest Movie Characters

The most absurdly wealthy characters in film history, ranked in ascending order

About the Rich List...

Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Count Dracula… They’re the movie characters that are worth a bob or two (well, more like several hundred million). We count down the cinematic creations who give the most buck for their bang…

Rules and Regulations

We approached our quest to find the richest movie characters with great attention to detail. Where a net worth was unavailable, we have measured the identifiable wealth.

This includes all assets such as property, shareholdings and visible cash. Shareholdings of fictional companies have been determined from measurable signs of market capitalisation, such as area of industry, number of employees, details of revenue, comparisons with real world corporations and perceived prestige.

To keep things more manageable, we have only selected well-known characters who are notable for being wealthy. We assume that nothing new has happened since their last filmic appearance and all figures are inflation adjusted to current 2011 rates, wherever necessary.

While values are based on estimates, nothing has been taken for granted or left to guesswork.

Patrick Bateman

Wealth: $6m

From:
Murders and executions

As Seen In:
American Psycho (2000)

Pierce and Pierce Mergers and Acquisitions Vice-President Patrick Bateman has a strong track record for a 27-year-old.

He already oversees some of the company’s largest acquisitions.

His glamorous apartment in the American Gardens building on West 81st street (worth $3m) is emblematic of his financial success at an early age.

Professor James Moriarty

Weath: $11m

From: Criminal masterminding

As Seen In:
Various Sherlock Holmes films

Maths professor Moriarty could very well be one of the world’s most feared criminals, allegedly controlling a criminal ring that encompasses half of Britain’s underworld.

On his living room wall hangs a painting by Jean-Bapiste Greuze, just one of the many pieces of artwork thought to have been stolen by this elusive, dangerous criminal.

Tony Montana

Wealth: $20m

From:
Drug trafficking

As Seen In: Scarface (1983)

A Montecito mansion houses one of LA’s most extravagant millionaires. A rapid ascension to wealth has brought into question the source of Montana’s income, which observers note is being spent on every excess.

Rumours persist of an expansive drug-ring taking $10m a month led by the Cuban migrant.

Jacobim Mugatu

Wealth: $32m

From:
Fashion

As Seen In:
Zoolander (2001)

Jacobim Mugatu, formerly Jacob Moogberg of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, designed the piano key tie in 1985 and has continued to be a icon of fashion ever since.

His recent line, Derelicte, is likely to further his label’s identity, although his bizarre demeanour and allegations of sweatshop labour in Malaysia threaten the longevity of the brand.

Danny Ocean

Wealth: $36m

From: Thieving

As Seen In: Ocean's Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen (2001 – 2007)

The mystery of the infamous 2001 casino heist remains unsolved, but Danny Ocean is suspected of pocketing $160m.

Four years ago, it’s thought his band of miscreants returned to Vegas to bankrupt new casino, The Bank. Although never proved, Ocean’s opulent lifestyle warrants speculation.

Lara Croft

Wealth: $40m

From: Inheritance

As Seen In: Tomb Raider films (2001 – 2003)

The adventurous darling of society pages inherited her $40m fortune at the age of 16 following the death of her father, Lord Croft.

Since managing the family estate, she has followed in her father’s footsteps to invest in the recovery of a huge collection of priceless artefacts.

Lestat de Lioncourt

Wealth: $45m

From: Inheritance

As Seen In: Interview With A Vampire (1994)/ Queen Of The Damned (2002)

Aristocrat, socialite, performer, vampire… Lestat de Lioncourt has been accruing wealth and reputation for centuries.

He uses his inheritance to finance extravagant parties, excessive wardrobe and, most recently, his career as a vampire rock star. His first album sold 4m copies.

Marsellus Wallace

Wealth: $52m

From: Crimelord

As Seen in: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Marsellus Wallace is one of LA’s most feared criminals. He is known to have a stronghold over the LA drug and smuggling industry, as well as influence on gambling and wrestling.

A briefcase filled with a mysterious invaluable object was the subject of a public stand-off.

Jeffrey Lebowski

Wealth: $55m

From:
Property

As Seen In:
The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Chamber of Commerce business achievement award is given to an individual showing a particular innovation and endeavour in business and is not awarded every year.

Jeffrey Lebowski received this prestigious award on the back of his business ventures founded after he returned from military service in Korea, during which he lost the use of his legs.

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