Life is like a hurricane — or at least a Mel Brooks film. Just like Brooks’ character in Life Stinks, a wayward bet with a business rival has sunk the once richest fictional character in the world into a life of despair. Unlike the movie however, this is real life.
According to the 2012 Fictional Fifteen by Forbes, McDuck’s fortune (reported to be $44.1 billion in 2011), is now in the hands of long-time adversary Flintheart Glomgold, the South African diamond magnate, who now has claim to the title of the world’s richest duck with an impressive wealth equal to $51.9 billion. Forbes says McDuck lost his fortune when betting Glomgold on who could traverse the world first. To complicate the matter, McDuck calls fowl with the magazine citing him as claiming Glomgold was part of a conspiracy in which he employed The Beagle Boys to kidnap his nephew Donald and Magica De Spell to ground his zeppelin.
Even with his billions from taking down the former world’s richest duck, Glomgold couldn’t secure first place on the list, however. The top spot this year went to Smaug from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit who made an impressive jump from 7th spot on last year’s list (and even more to come with apparent points on the back-end of the upcoming film).
Speaking of fowl play, also dropping off the list this year is child spy Artemis Fowl.
On the flip side, despite losing approximately $100 million dollars, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, hangs on, moving up one spot this year to fifth place. Forbes cites public relations issues for Stark Industries courtesy of consumer advocate Ralph Nader for the loss, but with The Avengers and Iron Man 3 on the way, the future still looks promising.
Thanks to @rwmead for the reminder