For many films, TV shows, and video games, made-up corporations are a key element of the story. For classic cartoons, an ever-present company can provide every conceivable product for limitless possibilities for jokes. In most of our favorite sci-fi movies, the greed of evil corporations is a major driving point of the story; for example, Weyland-Yutani was as important a part of the Alien franchise as the xenomorphs. But have you have stopped to wonder how profitable these iconic fictional companies actually are?
We took some of our favorite concocted companies and tried to work out their values based on market capitalization, which is simply the figure you arrive at when multiplying all the outstanding shares of a stock by the price of a single share. In other words - the company's value on the stock market. The number of shares usually depends on the size of the company, but can vary greatly (Amazon has a little more than 500 million, while Nokia has more than 5 billion), while a new venture will have just a few thousand. In this list, share prices are loosely based on the nearest real-life equivalent, while the total value takes into account the time period, economy, and assets of the company in the world(s) in which they're set.
This collection looks at some of our favorite fictional companies, great and small, and poses the question: which ones would offer the best bang for your buck? Would you be willing to overlook some of the companies' shadier aspects to turn a profit? What's a little viral outbreak/class-action lawsuit/security breach when there are handsome dividends in the offering?