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The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 536 voters 11.5k views

They're rich, powerful, influential – and did we mention rich? Billionaires are popular characters in films, whether these ultra-wealthy people are playing heroes or villains. After all, money means power, and power corrupts, so it follows that some billionaire movie characters are selfish and greedy. But other fictional rich characters use their fortunes for good. As a matter of fact, many of the best billionaire characters in film moonlight as superheroes.

What mega-rich fictional figure will win the top spot on this list of the best billionaire characters in movies? Maybe the honor will go to Bruce Wayne. By using his money to fund his alter-ego, Batman, Wayne has kept Gotham City safe for several film franchises. Batman isn't the only superhero with deep pockets. Tony Stark from The Avengers series is also a do-gooding billionaire.

Outside the realm of comics, you'll find memorable fictional billionaires including newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, played by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. Other roles that are featured on this top billionaire characters in film list include supervillain Auric Goldfinger from Goldfinger and sleazy producer Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder.

These characters may have money, but the power to determine their ranking is in your hands. Vote up your favorite fictional billionaires, and add roles that are missing from the list.
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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Robert Downey Jr. in Ultimate Avengers
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump
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Bruce Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises
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Christian Grey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Siddharth Saini added Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey
5
Scrooge McDuck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Alan Young in Super DuckTales
6
Richie Rich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
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Dr. Carlisle Cullen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Peter Facinelli in Twilight
8
Willy Wonka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
9
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Harry Shearer in The Simpsons Movie
10
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Bill Gates
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Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Terry O'Quinn in The Rocketeer
12
Smaug is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
13
Thomas Crown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Sazonana added Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair
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Prince Akeem is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Eddie Murphy in Coming to America
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Charles Foster Kane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
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Oliver "Daddy"... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
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Nathan Bateman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Nathan Bateman
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Auric Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Gert Fröbe in Welcome to Japan
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John Gage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
CraigAlarm added John Gage Charles West in The Love Transcendent
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Les Grossman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder
21
Lisbeth Salander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
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S.R. Hadden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
S.R. Hadden John Hurt in Contact
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Arthur Bach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Billionaire Characters in Film
CraigAlarm added