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Superhero Comic Billionaires

Updated on May 8, 2012

The Superhero Comic Book World's Most Wealthy Characters

No doubt the comic book world has its fair share of the wealthy characters. Okay, maybe wealthy is not the right word to describe them. The downright filthy rich are more like it. Whether they’re on the side of good or the dastardly evil, these guys know how to put their fortune to use. Here I’ll cover some of the most memorable and not quite memorable billionaires in comic history.

Bruce Wayne

Starting off this list is everyone’s favorite handsom billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. When he’s not fighting crime as Batman, Bruce is running Wayne Enterprises, the multi-billion dollar company, or rather he's most likely calling in sick with the excuse that he was up all night partying and totally not doing bat-related activities while all the baddies run amok.

As an orphaned child, Bruce inherited these billions. Billions is not an over exaggeration here folks. Bruce Wayne’s Net Worth is a whopping $70 billion. Yep, that’s right, with the millions he has spent on establishing the Batcave, nifty gadgets, and vehicles; he has quite of bit more money to splurge.

Tony Stark

Much like Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark (Billionaire genius and part-time superhero) inherited Stark Industries from his deceased parents. With his intellect and the money to back it, he has produced a large variety of technological products that benefit all of mankind. I mean, who honesty wouldn’t want their hands on some neat Stark tech? A Ferrari capable of flight does sound handy when you find yourself in a pesky traffic jam.


Justin Hammer

Justin Hammer, adversary to Tony Stark, is indeed a big threat to Stark and all his future and current business ventures. When you think of evil billionaire opportunists in comic books, Hammer should be one of the names that pops in your mind. Fearing a world where his weapons will be in the hands of millions around the world, Stark stepped down from weapons production. Who was there to take his place? Why Justin Hammer of course. Subsequently, Hammer became one the world’s leading weapons suppliers.

Oliver Queen from the cartoon Justice League Unlimited
Oliver Queen from the cartoon Justice League Unlimited

Oliver Queen

Like Bruce and Tony, Oliver Queen inherited his family’s fortune and business at a young age. Unlike the two mentioned, Queen pretty much acted like a drunken, thrill-seeking, carefree brat with a lot of time to kill doing reckless things. In typical superhero comic fashion, Queen got his act together after a boating accident which stranded him on an isolated island. Fast forward many years later and Queen has become Mayor of the fictional Star City. Not only that, but like other billionaires he has found a foolproof way of amassing more money through the means of stock manipulation. Oh, if only it was that easy in the real world. Well, actually the rich do tend to get richer, so that is very much based on real world standards.

Warren Worthington III

Winged CEO (former) of Worthington Industries, Warren Worthington is a gracious giver. Yes, many people with loads of money in comics tend to spend it on themselves but not good ol Warren. Much of his money(to the dismay of boardmembers) went to funding his pals the X-men.

Lex Luthor

As far as billionaire evil industrialist go, Lex Luthor, head of LexCorp, takes the cake. In fact, his combined wealth and intellect makes him a very deadly foe for the likes of both the super powered and the non-super powered heroes that exist in the DC universe. Just ask his frequent rival Superman. Those two have duked it out many times in history, and each time Lex gets knocked down he manages to rise to power and amass more fortune than what he previously had before. Oh, and at one point he became president of the United States.

Norman Osborn

Money didn’t just fall into Norman Osborn’s lap as a youth. That’s right, no inheritance. He had to work for his riches. Granted, he became obsessed with acquiring those riches he earned, but he earned them nonetheless. If anything, he shows how one can come from nothing and make something with sheer determination. Of course with all evil genius billionaires there comes a tragic turn for their character where they choose to do more evil deeds in the name of all that is bad. One such happened with the untimely passing of his wife. Once a co-owner of a chemical manufacturing company Oscorp, Osborn quickly rose to power by selling out his business partner, thus granting him more wealth and power than he has ever had.

Danny Rand

Danny Rand (Iron Fist) is yet another example of the son of a businessman taking over their father’s multi-billion dollar company. Of course the circumstances are always different. This case saw Rand’s father Wendell Rand plunge to his death from by the means of his business partner Harold Meachum. This unfortunate and intended act was supposed to make Harold the CEO of their company, but instead made Danny the sole heir to the fortune.

So there you have it folks. Have a favorite out of the ones I mentioned or know of a billionaire I havn't covered? Sound off below.

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      Crazydreamer33 12 months ago

      You didn't mention black panther... I love this article though!!!

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      Yaqub Al Mansur 12 months ago

      Black Panther

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      Gilbert Arevalo 12 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Great job, Lamar, picking a mix of super-wealthy heroes and villains. I remember most of them from all the comic book reading I've participated in.

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      Zaton-Taran 12 months ago from California

      We all know that if he wanted to be, Superman could be the richest superhero ever lol. Great list - but where's the Fantastic Four's leader? He's rich as all tarnation, too.

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      Nerdist 23 months ago

      Your one missing another character T'challa (Black Panther).

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      Taranwanderer 2 years ago

      Superman's my favorite superhero, but since he's not on this list, I've got to go with Bruce Wayne. $70 billion puts him in Vladimir Putin and Bill Gates' net worth.

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      observer's 2 years ago

      How about the shadow or green hornet and most of the JSA ,assuming they had good long term investments .Afterall they did start out in the 1940s.

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      Ethan 5 years ago

      "Lex Luthor takes the cake" I see what you did there! That's terrible! :P

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      John 5 years ago

      Let's not forget Kyle Richmond (Blackhawk). Not sure how much he's worth but his money helped keep 'The Defenders' going for a while.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      I voted for Warren Worthington, an X-Men fan through and through! What a great idea for a hub. Very entertaining. I voted it up and awesome. Keep on writing Lamar.

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      One Eyed Dragon 5 years ago


      Bruce Wayne is Batman.

      Tony Stark is Iron Man.

      Justin Hammer is an enemy of Iron Man and the man who killed his father, though as played by Sam Rockwell in the second movie he is younger and...didn't.

      Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow.

      Warren Worthington III is Angel / Archangel, one of the five original X-Men.

      Lex Luthor is of course the archenemy of Superman.

      Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin, archenemy of Spiderman and the man who killed his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, and the main villain of the recent Dark Reign event.

      Danny Rand is the superhero Iron Fist.

      Most of them have actually been around since the 70's at the latest, but not all of them are that famous.

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      One Eyed Dragon 5 years ago

      Iron Fist is Marvel.

      If you have heard of Luke Cage, he is his best friend and partner. They formed a group called Heroes for Hire for a long time, which is still on-again off-again, but despite the name they didn't always take money (don't know if Iron Fist was a billionaire at the time though).

      Orphan Danny Rand found himself in the mystical hidden city of Kun-Lun and learnt that he was destined to be the lengendary martial arts heo Iron Fist, whose power e got after a trial involving killing an immortal dragon by punching its heart (the dragon is immortal because it keeps getting reborn). He can now summon his chi to enhance the power of his punch to superhuman levels, though recently he's gotten a lot more powerful.

      He's pals with a lot of superheroes and not too long ago he dressed up as Daredevil when Matt's secret identity was exposed, in order to make it look like Matt Murdock and Daredevil were different people. If you read Civil War, he's the Daredevil Iron Man arrests.

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      Dominique L 5 years ago from Oregon

      Voted for Batman because he is proof that you don't need super powers when you sneeze money! Same with Lexy!

      I've never heard Iron Fist though. Is he DC or Marvel?

      Fun Hub! Good job!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Huh. Talk about showing my age--I have NO clue who most of these guys are!

      Need a "Vote Up" category for "Educational". :)

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      Domenick Dicce 5 years ago

      That was a fun article

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Really cool hub...I had to pick the Angel, Warren Worthington the III, who is my favorite of the original X-Men. I am quite sure that most will pick Bruce Wayne as he is the most recognizable.

      Awesome and voted up!

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      kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

      Now if they could just send a little money my way