What would a person do if he had an enormous amount of money and didn’t know how to spend it? The real world already has those people who spend on charity work and generally creating new jobs and trying to make everyone else’s life better. In the comics, rich people sometimes resort to fighting crime or super villains. In some instances, they are super villains.
Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark are billionaire playboys with companies which manufacture arms for the government, as well as do aerospace research. These two earned their money the old-fashioned way, they inherited it. Bruce Wayne was the heir to the Wayne Enterprises fortune, until his parents were killed right before his eyes. His crime-fighting is a way to exact revenge on whoever murdered his parents. Tony Stark inherited his fortune from his father, genius millionaire inventor Howard Stark, who made his money by being a defense contractor.
Charles Xavier and his former bestfriend Eric Lenshehr, otherwise known as Professor X and Magneto are also rich people in their own right. Charles has a big estate in New England which he has converted to Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted. It is also a convenient hideout and headquarters for the X-Men.
Other rich superheros include Oliver Queen also known as the Green Arrow, who is the CEO of Queen Consolidate, and T’Challa, or the Black Panther, the King of Wakanda. There are also rich supervillains, like Lex Luthor, the arch-nemesis of Superman, who owns Luthor Corp. There is also the Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin who is a criminal mastermind operating out of Hell’s Kitchen in New York.
Here’s an infographic showing a list of superheroes and villains with scandalously massive bank accounts. It is easy to see that money can make you a hero or a villain, and judging by the big amount on their hands, they don’t need to watch their businesses because these just keep growing without their help.
Here’s the chart that would blow your mind!