Total Nerd 10 Fictional Characters Who Are Way Richer Than You Think (And 3 Who Are Poorer)  

Matthew Lavelle
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List Rules Vote up the fictional characters whose wealth (or lack thereof) most surprises you.

Some fictional character's height might be different than you imagine, or they might be a different age than one would assume, but the wealth of TV, film, and book characters are often baffling. Some of your favorite characters who are much too poor to afford their luxury apartments must have led double lives to pay their bills, while other fictional characters that were richer than you think managed to stay grounded.

The salaries of fictional characters can vary greatly; while many were grossly overpaid – like Peter Griffin, for example – others were just struggling to get by. Then there are a few like Eric Cartman's mom who did whatever she had to do to provide for her son. So check out the list below to get a better sense of the fortune (or misfortunes) of your favorite fictional characters.


Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Fictional Characters Who Are Way Richer Than You Think (And 3 Who Are Poorer)
Photo:  Paramount Pictures

You might not think of the titular character from Robert Zemeckis's Academy Award-winning film as a savvy businessman, but an early investment in Apple helped Forrest Gump become a billionaire. This southern boy might not be flaunting his wealth and diving into a pool of gold coins, but don't let his modesty fool you as Forrest is one of the richest fictional characters of all time. 

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Fictional Characters Who Are Way Richer Than You Think (And 3 Who Are Poorer)
Photo:  Family Guy/20th Century Fox Television

The Griffin family lives on 31 Spooner Street, Quahog, Rhode Island, and while Quahog is a fictional town, the county in which the city resides (Newport County) is real. The average home in Newport, Rhode Island, (the basis for Quahog), costs approximately $421,900. That means, on a 30-year mortgage with an interest rate of 3.92%, Peter pays a mortgage of roughly $1,995 – and that doesn't include high New England area taxes or insurance.

With Lois being a housewife, it would appear as though Happy-Go-Lucky Toy Factory and Pawtucket Patriot Brewery pay Peter a decent salary. If you consider that Peter follows mortgage guidelines, and his mortgage payment is roughly 28% of his monthly gross income, then Peter must make just shy of $200,000 a year.

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Scrooge McDuck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Fictional Characters Who Are Way Richer Than You Think (And 3 Who Are Poorer)
Photo:  DuckTales/Disney Television Animation

Scrooge McDuck is the epitome of monetary success for waterfowl and human alike. After all, he has a vault of gold coins, which he uses as a swimming pool. Estimates put the value of Scrooge's gold coin vault somewhere in the range of $31 billion (when taking into consideration inflation as Scrooge's creator drew him in 1947).

Few people in the world can replicate Scrooge's gold vault. Maybe Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who is worth 90.6 billion dollars, he has a gold coin pool vault, too.

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Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Fictional Characters Who Are Way Richer Than You Think (And 3 Who Are Poorer)
Photo:  Simpsons/20th Television

Springfield is the average American town. It's intended to represent any town in the United States. While we all know that Mr. Burns is the wealthiest man in Springfield, his actual net worth is surprising. C. Montgomery Burns is worth an estimated $16.8 billion. In a town like Springfield, that makes the class divide unfathomable.

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