If the video games and movies have shown us anything, it’s that Marvel is good at making money. But who’s making all the money in the Marvel universe itself? As two of the wealthiest heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are set to square off soon, we decided that it was time for our favourite heroes to put their money where their mouths are. We sat down and put together a list of the top five heroes (and villains) who are definitely in the 1%.
As the king of the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda, Black Panther (T’Challa) has an incredible amount of resources at his disposal in addition to the entire country’s GDP. What Culture estimates Panther’s wealth at $500 billion and when you consider the country’s natural resources, it kind of makes sense. Wakanda is rich in precious metals and chief among these is the rare metal vibranium. It’s a super-strong metal that puts Wolverine’s adamantium to shame and is actually the material that was used to make Captain America’s indestructible shield. We can’t wait for the debut of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
It’s no secret that Tony Stark has done pretty well for himself over the years. As CEO of Stark Industries, which he inherited from his father, Tony Stark has made a literal killing off of the military industrial complex. An article from Lottoland lists the personal wealth of Stark at £8.5 billion, which a little over $12 billion US. The site is quick to point out in its list of the richest fictional characters that the company itself is approximately worth a whopping $20.3 billion. That’s enough to make him among the top 40 richest people in the world, ahead of real-life media mogul Rupert Murdoch and about on par with Elon Musk. We could picture Tesla Motors investing in a real Iron Man suit.
Norman Osborne, sometimes known as both the Green Goblin and the Iron Patriot, has long been a thorn in the side of both Spider-Man and the Avengers. The guy has also been the CEO of Oscorp, which Forbes estimates has a net worth of $3.1 billion. Like Stark Industries, Oscorp specializes in aerospace technologies and defense. At one point, Osborne even created his own star-spangled take on Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor.
Iron Fist (aka Danny Rand) is not only one of the world’s greatest martial arts masters. According to Ranker, he’s also incredibly wealthy. The best buddy of Luke Cage is actually the heir to the entire Rand Corporation. However, due to his adherence to a simple and no-frills lifestyle, he converted the company into a non-profit to help the less fortunate. Isn’t that nice? Rumour has it that Iron Fist might also be making his debut in the MCU this year with an appearance in either the second season of Daredevil or the upcoming Luke Cage series on Netflix.
Marvel’s Batman amalgam spent time in the military before being rescued by an Egyptian god and donning his white cowl and cape as the lunar vigilante. Along the way, he became an entrepreneur and invested the small fortune he made during his mercenary days and managed to amass a fortune that Cheat Sheet estimates at between $10 and $100 million. Not bad for a hero whose best claim to fame is being a member of the West Coast Avengers.