The Superhero Comic Book World's Most Wealthy Characters
No doubt the comic book world has its fair share of the wealthy characters. Okay, maybe wealthy is not the right word to describe them. The downright filthy rich are more like it. Whether they’re on the side of good or the dastardly evil, these guys know how to put their fortune to use. Here I’ll cover some of the most memorable and not quite memorable billionaires in comic history.
Starting off this list is everyone’s favorite handsom billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. When he’s not fighting crime as Batman, Bruce is running Wayne Enterprises, the multi-billion dollar company, or rather he's most likely calling in sick with the excuse that he was up all night partying and totally not doing bat-related activities while all the baddies run amok.
As an orphaned child, Bruce inherited these billions. Billions is not an over exaggeration here folks. Bruce Wayne’s Net Worth is a whopping $70 billion. Yep, that’s right, with the millions he has spent on establishing the Batcave, nifty gadgets, and vehicles; he has quite of bit more money to splurge.
Much like Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark (Billionaire genius and part-time superhero) inherited Stark Industries from his deceased parents. With his intellect and the money to back it, he has produced a large variety of technological products that benefit all of mankind. I mean, who honesty wouldn’t want their hands on some neat Stark tech? A Ferrari capable of flight does sound handy when you find yourself in a pesky traffic jam.
Justin Hammer, adversary to Tony Stark, is indeed a big threat to Stark and all his future and current business ventures. When you think of evil billionaire opportunists in comic books, Hammer should be one of the names that pops in your mind. Fearing a world where his weapons will be in the hands of millions around the world, Stark stepped down from weapons production. Who was there to take his place? Why Justin Hammer of course. Subsequently, Hammer became one the world’s leading weapons suppliers.
Like Bruce and Tony, Oliver Queen inherited his family’s fortune and business at a young age. Unlike the two mentioned, Queen pretty much acted like a drunken, thrill-seeking, carefree brat with a lot of time to kill doing reckless things. In typical superhero comic fashion, Queen got his act together after a boating accident which stranded him on an isolated island. Fast forward many years later and Queen has become Mayor of the fictional Star City. Not only that, but like other billionaires he has found a foolproof way of amassing more money through the means of stock manipulation. Oh, if only it was that easy in the real world. Well, actually the rich do tend to get richer, so that is very much based on real world standards.
Warren Worthington III
Winged CEO (former) of Worthington Industries, Warren Worthington is a gracious giver. Yes, many people with loads of money in comics tend to spend it on themselves but not good ol Warren. Much of his money(to the dismay of boardmembers) went to funding his pals the X-men.
As far as billionaire evil industrialist go, Lex Luthor, head of LexCorp, takes the cake. In fact, his combined wealth and intellect makes him a very deadly foe for the likes of both the super powered and the non-super powered heroes that exist in the DC universe. Just ask his frequent rival Superman. Those two have duked it out many times in history, and each time Lex gets knocked down he manages to rise to power and amass more fortune than what he previously had before. Oh, and at one point he became president of the United States.
Money didn’t just fall into Norman Osborn’s lap as a youth. That’s right, no inheritance. He had to work for his riches. Granted, he became obsessed with acquiring those riches he earned, but he earned them nonetheless. If anything, he shows how one can come from nothing and make something with sheer determination. Of course with all evil genius billionaires there comes a tragic turn for their character where they choose to do more evil deeds in the name of all that is bad. One such happened with the untimely passing of his wife. Once a co-owner of a chemical manufacturing company Oscorp, Osborn quickly rose to power by selling out his business partner, thus granting him more wealth and power than he has ever had.
Danny Rand (Iron Fist) is yet another example of the son of a businessman taking over their father’s multi-billion dollar company. Of course the circumstances are always different. This case saw Rand’s father Wendell Rand plunge to his death from by the means of his business partner Harold Meachum. This unfortunate and intended act was supposed to make Harold the CEO of their company, but instead made Danny the sole heir to the fortune.
So there you have it folks. Have a favorite out of the ones I mentioned or know of a billionaire I havn't covered? Sound off below.
Crazydreamer33 on March 25, 2017:
You didn't mention black panther... I love this article though!!!
Yaqub Al Mansur on March 24, 2017:
Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on March 22, 2017:
Great job, Lamar, picking a mix of super-wealthy heroes and villains. I remember most of them from all the comic book reading I've participated in.
Zaton-Taran from California on March 10, 2017:
We all know that if he wanted to be, Superman could be the richest superhero ever lol. Great list - but where's the Fantastic Four's leader? He's rich as all tarnation, too.
Nerdist on April 03, 2016:
Your one missing another character T'challa (Black Panther).
observer's on August 18, 2015:
How about the shadow or green hornet and most of the JSA ,assuming they had good long term investments .Afterall they did start out in the 1940s.
Ethan on January 14, 2013:
"Lex Luthor takes the cake" I see what you did there! That's terrible! :P
John on November 22, 2012:
Let's not forget Kyle Richmond (Blackhawk). Not sure how much he's worth but his money helped keep 'The Defenders' going for a while.
yoginijoy from Mid-Atlantic, USA on May 09, 2012:
I voted for Warren Worthington, an X-Men fan through and through! What a great idea for a hub. Very entertaining. I voted it up and awesome. Keep on writing Lamar.
One Eyed Dragon on May 09, 2012:
Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Tony Stark is Iron Man.
Justin Hammer is an enemy of Iron Man and the man who killed his father, though as played by Sam Rockwell in the second movie he is younger and...didn't.
Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow.
Warren Worthington III is Angel / Archangel, one of the five original X-Men.
Lex Luthor is of course the archenemy of Superman.
Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin, archenemy of Spiderman and the man who killed his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, and the main villain of the recent Dark Reign event.
Danny Rand is the superhero Iron Fist.
Most of them have actually been around since the 70's at the latest, but not all of them are that famous.
One Eyed Dragon on May 09, 2012:
Iron Fist is Marvel.
If you have heard of Luke Cage, he is his best friend and partner. They formed a group called Heroes for Hire for a long time, which is still on-again off-again, but despite the name they didn't always take money (don't know if Iron Fist was a billionaire at the time though).
Orphan Danny Rand found himself in the mystical hidden city of Kun-Lun and learnt that he was destined to be the lengendary martial arts heo Iron Fist, whose power e got after a trial involving killing an immortal dragon by punching its heart (the dragon is immortal because it keeps getting reborn). He can now summon his chi to enhance the power of his punch to superhuman levels, though recently he's gotten a lot more powerful.
He's pals with a lot of superheroes and not too long ago he dressed up as Daredevil when Matt's secret identity was exposed, in order to make it look like Matt Murdock and Daredevil were different people. If you read Civil War, he's the Daredevil Iron Man arrests.
Dominique L from Oregon on May 09, 2012:
Voted for Batman because he is proof that you don't need super powers when you sneeze money! Same with Lexy!
I've never heard Iron Fist though. Is he DC or Marvel?
Fun Hub! Good job!
Ghost32 on May 08, 2012:
Huh. Talk about showing my age--I have NO clue who most of these guys are!
Need a "Vote Up" category for "Educational". :)
Domenick Dicce on May 08, 2012:
That was a fun article
Vic on May 08, 2012:
Really cool hub...I had to pick the Angel, Warren Worthington the III, who is my favorite of the original X-Men. I am quite sure that most will pick Bruce Wayne as he is the most recognizable.
Awesome and voted up!
kennynext from Everywhere on May 08, 2012:
Now if they could just send a little money my way