Five of the most talked-about fictional billionaires – a powerful dragon, a ruthless lord of a realm, a futurist man-superhero, a lonely media mogul and a modern-day socialite heiress alongside their best possible real-world matches.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
The article "The Richest Fictional Characters and their Real-Life Versions" published recently by FinancesOnline.com profiles five of the most talked-about fictional billionaires – a powerful dragon, a ruthless lord of a realm, a futurist man-superhero, a lonely media mogul and a modern-day socialite heiress alongside their best possible real-world matches. More than just a rundown of numbers, it presents the common values and vices, strengths and weaknesses, and fates and destinies that bind the fictional and factual characters as if they are one and the same person.
The worlds of the real and the realm can be strikingly similar. It was Oscar Wilde who opined in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life". Nowhere is the veracity of this opinion demonstrated in the areas of money, power and popularity when fictional and factual worlds meet.
Every year, Forbes magazine comes up with its highly anticipated world’s top billionaires lists and the Forbes 400 which lists America’s wealthiest people. Equally anticipated is the Forbes Fictional 15, the list of the richest characters from movies, books, cartoons, television, videogames, and comics. The article published by FinancesOnline.com presents both the fictional billionaires and their real-world perfect match together.
In the real world, Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu and family came up on top of the world’s billionaires list at $73 billion, with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at number 15 with $36.5 billion. Between them and 13 other billionaires, Forbes Real-life Top 15 raked in an aggregate $587.9 billion in net worth.
On the other hand, the latest list of fiction’s richest boast an aggregate net worth of $209.5 billion, enough to dole out $30 to each of the 7 billion people on the planet. Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit film series is at number one with anywhere from $62 billion to $870 billion while television’s Jo Bennett of The Office is at top 15 with $1 billion.
While it is true that fictional billionaires’ cumulative wealth, properties and other assets are nothing but castles in the air, the article aims to underline an important message every good fiction conveys - that pipe dreams can trigger inspirations for others to live a better life, not only in terms of building wealth, but in making decisions and actions reflecting on the lessons learned from stories and characters that have touched one’s life.
More details about fiction’s wealthiest characters and their real-life versions can be found in "The Richest Fictional Characters and their Real-Life Versions" article by FinancesOnline.com.