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The Rich Are Not Like You and Me

You've heard of the Forbes 400--the annual list of the world's richest people. But Forbes magazine also does an annual "Fictional 15," which lists the richest fictional characters. This year, previous champion Santa Claus (estimated net worth: infinite, according to Forbes) was unseated and banned from the list in a controversial shake-up. Claus's elimination was in part due to letters from angry (presumably junior) readers, who swore to the veracity of his existence.

"We don't claim to have settled the ongoing controversy concerning Claus' existence, but after taking into account the physical evidence--toys delivered, milk and cookies devoured--we felt it was safer to remove him from consideration," wrote Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt.
Santa wasn't the only character who lost his spot: Cruella deVille was toppled by dwindling fur industry profits, and Ebeneezer Scrooge donated his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Forbes. Defense contractor "Daddy" Warbucks, who adopted Annie in her eponymous musical, was named number one, thanks to surging profits in the defense industry. Other members of the fictional financial upper crust include real estate tycoon Mr. Monopoly and The Simpsons' nuclear energy kingpin C. Montgomery Burns, who doubled his fortune in a "technology exchange" with North Korea.

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