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Here's a list of the richest superheroes, comic book characters and wealthiest villains of all time, ranked from richest to not-so-richest, and whose favorite color is green. Comic book characters list many various ways to make money, but they’re keeping those kinds of secrets to themselves. Who are the richest comic book characters? These are the wealthiest heroes and villains in comic bookdom with a few ground rules. First off, we've only included the mainstream universes of the "Big 2" (Marvel Comics and DC Comics) with one big glaring exception that just HAD to be on the list, because if we would've included anything independent, it would have opened it up to pretty much the entire medium. 

This isn’t the place to find Marvel Comics’ net worth or even Tony Stark net worth, because there’s not a calculator close by that will compute those kinds of numbers. Funny comic book characters even the smartest superheroes out there may not quite make them one of the richest superheroes, though we do have a few super smart comic book characters here, like Lex Luthor. 

The richest fictional character may be right here on this list of comic book characters, though, we’re not sure how much Lucy made at that psychiatry booth (she has no paper trail). All comic book characters have the potential, but only the top 20 Marvel villains and superheroes here (and DC) made it here. This list of comic book heroes and villains that are filthy rich will make you jealous you don’t have a slice. 

Also, we didn't assign any dollar value, as we believe estimates based on our own world make absolutely zero sense.

Be sure to check out Ranker's other lists like, the wealthiest women in America, richest black people and the Justice League characters list.
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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 20 Richest Comic Book Characters of All Time
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Owner of LexCorp, Lex Luthor is one of the most ruthless and morally-despicable characters in the DC universe. Needless to say, he's rich as hell.

LexCorp is one of the most successful multi-national corporations in the DC universe – which says a lot, considering the insane stuff that every single one of these characters buys with their money. Giant robots, endless research, mountains of cover-up money, enough money to fund his own campaign for the presidency of the United States, and most of all, enough money to really do little else but try and kill Superman all the time – LexCorp brings in billions for Luthor.

So, imagine Bill Gates did nothing but try and kill some unkillable guy all the time.

That's Lex Luthor.

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Magneto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 20 Richest Comic Book Characters of All Time
Photo: Fox

Everyone 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 comic bookdom. 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.

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 20 Richest Comic Book Characters of All Time
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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.

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Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 20 Richest Comic Book Characters of All Time
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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.

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