Being a superhero isn’t easy. You’re constantly fighting crazy villains who spend all their time thinking up awful ways to end you. It’s impossible to have a stable, healthy relationship, and no one ever really thanks you for saving the world all the time. Plus, it turns out it’s a very expensive job to maintain -- custom bulletproof costumes and cool, one of a kind gadgets aren’t cheap. It’s the reason so many mysterious crime fighters are actually billionaire industrialists. The only reason Superman can afford to be a journalist is because he doesn’t need any extra help. If he wasn’t the strongest person in the universe, he’d be crashing with Bruce.
On the other side, imagine how much money it costs Lex Luthor to keep coming up with Kryptonite weapons -- it's not like Kryptonite is a super rare rock that costs millions of dollars a pound. World domination actually isn’t a very good investment. We have to wonder why supervillains don’t just use their genius to find legal ways to run the world? We’re lucky Bill Gates is such a nice guy. We sometimes wonder if there’s a class system among heroes and villains? You just know Tony is a snob when he has to meet with heroes like Luke Cage or Hawkeye. Or perhaps Vandal Savage has no respect for all these new money villains. As the saying goes, money makes the world go round. That means it’s time to rank the richest comic book characters.
25 MAGNETO - NET WORTH: $900 MILLION
Unlike his good friend Charles Xavier, Magneto made his money the old fashioned way, by stealing it. The Nazi gold he stole from HYDRA, no doubt comes in handy when he needs to fund one of his operations to attack humans before they can attack mutants. We all know his control of metal makes him an extremely powerful mutant, but it also makes him very wealthy.
Yes, he uses his powers to commit crime, but his abilities also extend to controlling precious metals, which means he can sense and control any number of rare treasures.
24 JANET VAN DYNE - NET WORTH: $1 BILLION
Janet van Dyne and Hank Pym have such a long and storied comic book history, it’s easy to forget how they started. Janet’s father was a successful businessman who left her a very healthy inheritance. As a matter of fact, when we first met her, she was quite the stuck up rich girl -- Hank even had trouble getting past their class difference.
Luckily, she became a more down to Earth person and he got over his issues. Over time, we’ve come to think of him as the big shot, but never forget Janet is a billionaire in her own right.
23 MR. TERRIFIC - NET WORTH: $1 BILLION
Comic books are littered with genius inventors and scientists who turned their brilliance into a fortune. One of those is Michael Holt, the third smartest person in the DC universe. He made his money with his tech company and its sell to Bruce Wayne. With 14 Ph.Ds and an Olympic gold medal, he’s the kind of guy you would hate if he weren’t such a good person.
What’s fascinating about Holt is that if he weren’t so devoted to saving the world, he could use his genius to be even richer. We guess that’s what makes him a superhero.
22 MAXWELL LORD - NET WORTH: $1 BILLION
What we love about rich supervillains is that they do all the things with their money we all subconsciously wish we could do: Buy random businesses? Check. Spend millions crushing your enemies? Check. Build a ridiculously over the top mansion? Check. Maxwell Lord did all of those things and more.
Though he inherited his money, his take no prisoners business approach certainly helps. Plus, unlike Professor X, you just know he uses his mind control abilities for stock tips and winning bets.
21 RA’S AL GHUL - NET WORTH: $1 BILLION
If we’re being honest, we really have no idea how rich Ra’s al Ghul is. He’s immortal and has had years of collecting priceless art, antiques, cars and jewels. Not to mention all the companies he’s invested in over the years. Plus, you can’t really put a price on having your own private army of assassins at your disposal.
However, the closest we came to finding an actual number put him at $1 billion, and this likely doesn’t include his most valuable and priceless possession -- the Lazarus Pit.
20 SILVER SABLE - NET WORTH: $2.1 BILLION
Silver Sable is the definition of a lady boss. She took over the company Silver Sable International after her father died and made it so successful, it funds the small nation of Symkaria. She leads the mercenary crew Wild Pack on jobs and she’s the kind of boss you don’t defy.
They’re so good, they can charge whatever they want and most will pay it -- it’s not a fancy business plan, but it works. Her independent success coupled with her skills make her one of the most powerful women in the Marvel Universe.
19 EMMA FROST - NET WORTH: $3 BILLION
As head of tech conglomerate Frost International, Emma Frost is doing very well for herself. For awhile she used the earnings of the company to fund the X-Men and there is some debate about her actual net worth, as the question about whether to count her diamond exterior comes up.
It’s not like she can pop off a piece of her body and head to the local jewelry store to sell it. Well she could, but that would be painful and stupid since she’s rich, so we’ve chosen to just count her company and liquid assets.
18 CHARLES XAVIER - NET WORTH: $3.5 BILLION
No one can accuse Charles Xavier of wasting his money. It has all gone to helping young mutants understand and control their powers. He founded the Xavier School for Gifted Children, using his family’s mansion as the actual school. The grounds include various training areas for the students and teachers.
It’s also the base of operations for the X-Men, all their equipment including a jet. We can’t even begin to calculate how much of his $3 billion it took to set all that up. Professor X is a champion for mutants and has put his money where his mouth is.
17 NORMAN OSBORN - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
Long before he became the Spider-Man obsessed Green Goblin, Norman Osborn’s lack of morals made him a successful businessman. His chemical company Oscorp reportedly brings in $3 billion a year. He went on to use every trick in the book to manipulate his way into becoming the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A position we’re sure he used for his own financial gain. The only thing keeping him from competing with the Lex Luthor’s of the world is the instability caused by his Green Goblin persona.
16 DANNY RAND - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
Though he may not have much use for money on his TV series, Danny Rand cannot deny how privileged he is. In The Defenders we even see him begin to use his money and connections to help go after The Hand.
In the comics, Danny is slightly more comfortable with his wealthy background, using his resources to fund the exploits of the Heroes for Hire and the Secret Avengers. You know you’ve got too much money when you can pay for two different superhero teams.
15 ANGEL - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
Mutant powers don’t discriminate, so despite being the heir to his family’s fortune, Warren Worthington III joined the X-Men and became Angel. Over the years, he has used his money to help establish mutant hero teams, and like many others he has lost control of his fortune.
Unlike Bruce Wayne, Warren doesn’t feel the need to put on an act to separate his two lives and enjoys being the rich playboy superhero. This doesn’t mean he’s not struggling to reconcile his upbringing with his mutant life.
14 BLUE BEETLE - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
Ted Kord is another brilliant scientist who turned his genius into billions. Upon taking over the family business he used it to work on advanced tech that he invented and that came from alien technology. Whenever someone in the Arrowverse discusses a rare and dangerous piece of tech, it almost always comes from Kord Enterprises.
It is through his company that he comes up with and pays for the equipment he uses as the Blue Beetle. Kord Enterprises was bought by Wayne Enterprises, because you know Bruce was just a little bit jealous.
13 NIGHTHAWK - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
Kyle Richmond/Nighthawk is Marvel’s answer to Batman. With all due respect, he’s a poor imitation of the original. Kyle is a rich kid who inherits his family’s money after his parents die, and following a few setbacks he decides to use his powers for evil instead of good.
Like other billionaires, he usually ends up financing whatever team he’s on at the moment. He’s had some trouble with the IRS, so it’s hard to know exactly how much he’s worth, but we imagine it’s in the same ballpark as other businessmen/vigilantes.
12 MISTER FANTASTIC - NET WORTH: $5 BILLION
As the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, it’s no surprise that Reed Richards’ brilliance has been able to finance everything the Fantastic Four and their friends could ever need. It’s true that he inherited money, but that was just a start.
He became wealthy by investing in himself. The patents on his numerous inventions have paid for the Baxter Building and the running of Fantastic Four Inc. Now if only he could figure out how to make his movies make money, he’d really be a genius.
11 NAMOR - NET WORTH: $6 BILLION
On a planet that is 70% water, there’s something to be said for the person who controls it. Since Namor is Marvel’s answer to Aquaman, he is king of the sea, and that means he owns all the natural resources of the ocean that corporations can’t get to. He also has the only access to treasures and lost materials from shipwrecks.
Though these aren’t exactly liquid assets, he’s still doing ok. He could probably retire on whatever he finds in the Bermuda Triangle.
10 OZYMANDIAS - NET WORTH: $7 BILLION
Unlike other heroes on the list, Adrian Veidt’s fortune might be even more impressive since he gave away his inheritance and started over from scratch. He used his work ethic and unparalleled genius to become even richer than he was before.
As the smartest man on the planet he became a pioneer in genetic engineering and used his money for charitable projects around the world. If it wasn’t for the whole Watchmen and "Doomsday Clock" event, we’d think he was pretty cool.
9 GREEN ARROW - NET WORTH: $7 BILLION
Considering how many times Oliver Queen has lost and regained his fortune in the course of DC’s various reboots, it’s hard to keep track. However, for our purposes will discuss him at the peak of his success. A lot of his fortune goes to helping the underprivileged, and what’s great is he’s not cleaning up a mess, he just truly wants to make the world better.
Though we have to discuss his wasteful obsession with trick arrows. We know those don’t come cheap and we have to wonder how he affords them when he’s not rich.
8 RICHIE RICH - NET WORTH: $8.9 BILLION
As the ultimate rich kid, we really want to not like Richie Rich. He’s around 10 years old, wears a waistcoat with short pants, a red bow tie, and lives in a giant mansion... come on kid, you’re not making it easy on us.
The thing is, he’s actually a good kid with good values. He uses his money to travel the world and help others. Even though we appreciate his charitable spirit, we’re still jealous that the movie version had his own personal McDonald’s in his house.
7 WILSON FISK - NET WORTH: $30 BILLION
The best bad guys know how to hide in plain sight. As the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk has perfected this aspect of criminal life. All the heroes know his money comes from illegal activities, but they can’t prove it, so he’s free to continue his business. He even uses his influence to take over some of their companies.
In Daredevil, we find out that he made a lot of money off all the rebuilding and development following the Battle of New York. So, in a way, The Avengers are the reason he’s so rich and powerful.
6 VICTOR VON DOOM - NET WORTH: $35 BILLION
Doctor Doom’s power and influence in the world, as well as, his considerable wealth all come from his position as ruler of Latveria. Though it’s a small country, his technological brilliance has made it an important one. He uses the money from his patents to support his people and keep outsiders from polluting the country.
We’re not giving him a Nobel Peace Prize, because he’s still a madman, but single handedly financially supporting an entire country is impressive. Imagine how successful Latveria would be if he spent less time going after the Fantastic Four.
5 SCROOGE MCDUCK - NET WORTH: $65.4 BILLION
Clearly Scrooge McDuck has never heard the saying you’ve got to spend money to make money, because no billionaire is cheaper than him. Deep down he may have a soft spot for Huey, Dewey and Louie but they shouldn’t be expecting any financial support as they head out into the world.
The man enjoys swimming in his money -- take a moment and let that sink in. He’s so rich, he swims in money, and if he starts spending it or giving it away, his pool will have to become very shallow.
4 LEX LUTHOR - NET WORTH: $75 BILLION
No supervillain has come up with more complex, advanced schemes than Lex Luthor. Yes, The Joker’s attacks are cruel and twisted, but Lex is playing chess not checkers. If we’re being honest, we don’t really know everything that LexCorp does, but obviously it’s very successful at it.
Sometimes it’s tech, sometimes it’s real estate, we suppose it just has its hands in everything. We can’t even begin to put a number on how much it cost to cause an earthquake so you can destroy California and own the entire new west coast.
3 BATMAN - NET WORTH: $80 BILLION
Considering how much money he spends on being Batman, it’s a wonder Bruce Wayne still has any. From the ridiculous gadgets to personal satellites to the sheer processing power he needs for the Batcomputer, he’s got to be bleeding cash. Seriously, the amount of servers and fans he must have in the Batcave had to cost him.
And it’s not just his tools -- every member of the Bat Family gets their own equipment. Yes, he’s saving Gotham, but it’s coming at the expense of his fortune.
2 IRON MAN - NET WORTH: $100 BILLION
It’s been speculated that in real life it would cost somewhere between $9 and $10 billion to be Iron Man. Seeing as how Tony is worth 10 times that and counting, we don’t think he’s concerned. We all know that Stark Industries was the government’s chief weapons manufacturer, but now they’ve expanded into clean energy and other tech divisions.
This may turn out to be more lucrative than bombs, though Tony doesn’t seem like the type to worry about numbers, so he probably doesn’t care. He should probably stop destroying buildings, because that seems like a major expense for him.
1 BLACK PANTHER - NET WORTH: $90.7 TRILLION
As the King of Wakanda, T’Challa makes the decisions for its people and also controls its vast resources. Chief among them is the African nation’s near endless supply of Vibranium. In addition to being the most expensive metal on Earth. It is also the source of a lot of the country’s advanced weapons and technology.
For years there have been debates about who’s richer, Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne? Turns out T’Challa is worth more than the two of them combined, several times over. Wakanda forever!