Top 10 Billionaire Characters Adapted From Book To Film
By Mirka Santos
Living a luxurious life is one of the wildest dreams of many individuals. Perhaps this is the reason why many follow the lives of real-life billionaires. Reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which shows the lavish lives of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, remains to have a strong following.
Aside from real-life billionaires, books have a whole lot of characters that have billions in net worth. While they are fictional, we see these characters come to life through film adaptations. This way, we also see their opulent lives on the big screen.
Wondering how rich these page-to-screen characters are worth? Here is a list of ten billionaire characters from film adaptations of books. Continue reading to see who made the list.
10. Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Net Worth: $1 billion
First on our list is Jay Gatsby, the self-made protagonist of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby. The titular character is known for his overgenerous lifestyle in New York during the Roaring Twenties. His wealth was acquired through his role in organized crime.
Motivated by his love for Daisy Buchanan, Jay rose from his poverty-stricken childhood to his billionaire lifestyle. According to estimates, his worth is around a billion. Experts say that a real person living such a life would incur $22.8 million in debt.
9. Lucius Malfoy from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books
Net Worth: $1.6 billion
Known as one of the most influential individuals in the Wizarding World, you can expect that the Malfoy patriarch is definitely a billionaire. With his sprawling mansion described and shown in Deathly Hallows, there is no doubt that he is valued at $1.6 billion.
Now, his wealth is definitely due to his rich lineage. The Malfoys are known to be an old-rich family. Combine this with the fact that he married into another old-rich family. There is no wonder that Draco was such a spoiled kid!
8. Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Net Worth: $1.7 billion
This miserable old man is known for his bitterness against the Christmas season. He gained his wealth through his warehouse business. Even though he was wealthy, it was revealed that he underpaid his employees and lived frugally.
In an interesting twist of events, Scrooge redeemed himself and made a promise to be more generous. This realization came after he was visited by three spirits who lambasted him about his way of life that brings misery to others and to himself.
7. Tywin Lannister from G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series
Net Worth: $1.8 billion
While technically a television show, this list would definitely not be complete without mentioning the screen adaptation of this epic series. Tywin Lannister, one of the most cunning and wealthy characters in the show is valued at around $1.8 billion.
The Lannister patriarch had perfectly infiltrated King’s Landing when he positioned his family and himself in key ranks. Known for being a master planner, he and his family are recognized for their wealth.
6. Artemis Fowl II from Eion Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books
Net Worth: $1.9 billion
Worth almost $2 billion, Artemis Fowl II gets his wealth from being the son of a crime lord. At the young age of eleven, he took over his father’s criminal empire when his father disappeared. He is known for being a genius, with a psychopathic tendency.
If you are wondering why he is the protagonist of the series, the best thing to do is to read the novels or watch the movie once it is released in May 2020. One thing is for sure, you will find that this kid billionaire certainly lives an interesting life.
5. Christian Grey from E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Trilogy
Net Worth: $2.2 billion
The protagonist of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Christian Grey is noticed not only for being rich but also for being attractive. This must be the reason why Anastasia Steele became enamored with him. Well, that and the fact that he essentially propositioned her.
Now, these books are definitely not the best example of a BDSM relationship, but they are touted as one. The interesting thing is that they started as fan fiction of the Twilight Saga but took a life of its own and developed into a series independent of vampire books.
4. Bellatrix Lestrange from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books
Net Worth: $2.2 billion
Bellatrix Lestrange is perhaps one of the most loyal followers of Lord Voldemort. Just like Lucius Malfoy, she came from a wealthy family. Given that she did not have any children and without any interest in frivolous things, her wealth is not that evident.
However, being born into an old-rich lineage, you can bet that Bellatrix has money. In fact, she is estimated to be worth $2.2 billion. It is not clear where this money went but you can bet that it may have been funneled into her activities with the Dark Lord.
3. Nick Young from Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asian series
Net Worth: Approximately $2.5 billion
While technically not an estimate for Nick Young or his cousins, you can bet that this character from Crazy Rich Asians is valued at more than $2 billion, especially with the outrageous mansion and magnificent wedding shown in the film.
This estimate is actually for the value of Peter Lim, father of Kim Lim. Kim is known to live lavishly. With the ultra-rich lifestyle of this socialite, you can imagine that the scenes in Crazy Rich Asians come true whenever these people get together.
2. Carlisle Cullen from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga
Net Worth: $46 billion
Carlisle is the patriarch of the small coven that settled in Forks, Washington. Posing as a doctor in this small-town, Carlisle actually has billions under his name. Well, how could you not when you have been accumulating money since the 1600s?
He and his adopted family live luxuriously in what is called The Cullen House, a cozy yet obviously expensive home. The rest of the family have taken different roles, with Edward and his “siblings” posing as high school students.
1. Smaug from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Net Worth: $62 billion
Smaug from the Lord of the Rings lore takes the number one spot with a whopping $54.1 billion. He is a fire drake that lived in the Lonely Mountain for two centuries where his hoard of various great treasures is located.
So, you might be wondering how he accumulated such amount while being a dragon. Well, the answer is because he is a dragon. In Tolkien’s lore, dragons are known to be greedy by nature, which results in them hoarding treasures.
So, there you have it. With this list of the richest page-to-screen characters, we really can’t help but feel inspired. Are you surprised by any of these fortunes?
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