This year's edition of the Forbes Fictional 15, the annual listing of fiction's richest, features significant turnover and turmoil. More than half of last year's members fell off the list, and those who remain are poorer on average. Last year you would have needed at least $1.3 billion to get on the list, this year you only need $800 million!
Economic turmoil has introduced a new member of the Fictional 15 to the top spot: Uncle Sam, the 232-year-old former frontiersman and U.S. Army recruitment officer. This American icon is enjoying a second act on Wall Street, thanks to his contrarian strategy of investing exclusively in companies on the brink of bankruptcy. His infinite net worth can be attributed to his crafty purchase of the US Mint in 1792.
Last year's richest fictional character, Scrooge McDuck, fell to second place, with a net worth of $29.1 billion. Third place Richie Rich wasn't as lucky. "The richest kid in the world" saw his net worth tumble from $16.1 billion to $12.3 billion thanks to ill-timed investments in Web 2.0 start-ups. But despite these setbacks, Rich continues to make splashy charitable donations, including airdropping cans of foie gras onto starving Kurdish villages and leaving $1 million tips for waitresses.
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