The Bruce Wayne of the Marvel Universe, Tony Stark, owner of Stark Industries, is one of the richest men in the 616 Marvel U. Imagine if Halliburton was owned by one guy, times a hundred... and imagine that everyone LIKED the company and that guy. The developer of some of the most impossible technologies on Earth, Tony Stark was born to the founder of Stark Industries, Howard Stark.
Stark went to MIT at the age of 15 and then, after his parents' death, inherited Stark Industries. Since then, he acquired (and spent) enough money to even fund superteam The Avengers, as well as the construction of Stark Tower.
He's at #7 on this list because unlike Doom, he is not the head of a country, but the head of one of the most powerful corporations on Earth. He loses control of his corporation at least once during his extensive history and goes as far as losing two years worth of his memories. Although he still has his corporation, being an enemy of the state never helped anyone.
The status quo will be restored soon, but currently, Tony Stark is not the picture of wealth that he once was.also ranked...#5 on#21 on
Victor Von Doom is one of the most intelligent characters in the Marvel universe. Arch nemesis of the Fantastic Four, intellectual rival to Reed Richards, and ruler of the small Eastern-European nation of Latveria, Doom has a great fortune to his name (read: GDP of Latveria) that he uses, as supervillains do, to try and kill some cool, fun-loving, innocent heroes.
While, financially, he runs the equivalent of a country like Serbia, he has his own freaking country. This means he has his own army and all of his people's resources to do what he wishes. He's dealt with various galactic leaders and continues to be one of the most esteemed and feared supervillains in all of Marvel comics.
The only reason Luthor beats him out is the sheer amount of wealth Luthor has built up for himself. It's a fine line, but the ruler of a small country, if he's a supervillain, is the equivalent of Luthor taking over the state of Delaware and having them all do his bidding. Only Luthor's a little more powerful than that.also ranked...#3 on#4 on#11 on
Norman Osborn, otherwise known as the Green Goblin, is easily one of the most vile, evil, manipulative, and sadistic characters in all of comic books.
In a lot of ways he's the Lex Luthor of the Marvel universe, except Osborn just owns Oscorp, a corporation that is huge, but struggling a little more than LexCorp ever has.
The edge he has over the Green Arrow is that Osborn recently became the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now has the government's full support to do whatever he wants. He's been using these insanely powerful resources to systematically take down every major superhero in the Marvel universe, reducing them to fugitives one by one.
Much like Stark, Green Arrow (otherwise known as Oliver Queen) inherited the company that made him rich from his parents shortly after their untimely death and decided to become a superhero with the money the company was bringing in.
Definitely the worst businessman on this list, Queen let his fortune get away from him after a while, as he started running the company out of obligation and took up being a vigilante due to his empathy for the working people of the world.
Bruce Wayne, on the other hand, allocated all of the funds in his inheritance very carefully and Stark is a scientific genius who only improved on his father's work.
Queen treated his fortune more like an escapist teenager in that he spent it on luxuries like gadgets, cars, travel, and women. Eventually, Oliver lost his whole fortune and sold the company before his death (later retconned). He continues to be remembered as one of the wealthier superheroes in history, as he is known as that rich kid who decided to do good with his inheritance along with all of his high livin'.
Professor Charles Xavier is one of the most well-known leaders in all of comic books, running Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, otherwise known as the place that houses and trains the X-Men.
This institution not only houses some of the coolest, most unimaginable gadgets in all of comics (Um, the Danger Room!!!), but has a steady stream of seemingly insane resources that are ostensibly under Charles's control.
Xavier is not only well off, but actually came from money. He inherited a mansion and the entire estate where the school exists from his also-genius father.
Xavier's genius (and mastery of telepathy) help him get everything he needs in life, and this includes all the cash in the world to fund one of the most oppressed and misunderstood superteams in all of comics.also ranked...#15 on#15 on#15 on
Owner of KORD Industries, Ted Kord manages this hugely successful company that allows him to buy things like his flying vehicle, his different guns and all the other gadgets.
He also runs a video game company with fellow superhero Booster Gold.
Want to talk recession-proof? KORD industries is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises (see item #4).
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