- 6Everyone always attributes Magneto's breadth of resources to the Nazi gold that he stole from Hydra, but there's something that people tend to forget...
He is the master of ALL METAL -- including precious metals (see item #1).
So THEORETICALLY, he could call all precious metals to his every whim, making him one of the richest characters in all of comicbookdom. Since, this isn't a "potentially rich" list, he falls at #6 on this list because literal tons of gold have got to put you a little bit above good ol' Tony Stark.
- 7The 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 the superteam The Avengers, as well as build 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 2 years worth of his memories recent comics which can't be TOO great for business. Although he still has his corporation, being an enemy of the state never helped anyone.
The status quo will be restored soon, inevitably, but currently Tony Stark is not the picture of wealth that he once was.
- 8Victor 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. 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.
- 9Norman 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.
- 10Much 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'.
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