Now, honestly, Forbes; what were you thinking? This is *Scrooge McDuck * you’re talking about here.
Tycoon, industrialist, and adventurer, Scrooge McDuck is the quintessential plutocrat, a living embodiment of the American success story. From his hardscrabble, poverty-stricken roots in rural Scotland, McDuck learned through bitter experience the value of money: indeed, he still proudly owns the first dime he ever earned. He emigrated at an early age to the Land of Opportunity, seeking his fortune in the Yukon Gold Rush. McDuck used his ingenuity, keen intellect and indomitable spirit to single-handedly forge a mighty globe-spanning financial empire, thereby earning himself the title of “The World’s Richest Duck.” His signature top hat and broadcloth coat are known worldwide; he owns uncountable oil wells, gold mines, railroads, factories, and fish houses.
An impressive fraction of his vast personal fortune is housed in the grandly eccentric architectural landmark, the monolithic McDuck Money Bin at the top of Killmotor Hill in Duckburg, Calisota. This massive structure, the seat of power from which McDuck conducts his daily business, contains a staggering dragon’s hoard of wealth: over three cubic acres of money, the value of which his accounting staff has calculated as one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred twenty three dollars and sixty-two cents cash. (This enormous weight of coinage is supported at the bottom by a four-foot layer of star sapphires.) When questioned about this ostentatious volume of lucre, McDuck says cheerfully, “I love money! I love the feel of it and the smell of it! I love to dive around in it like a porpoise! I love to burrow through it like a gopher! I love to toss it up and let it hit me on the head!”
In the face of all this, how… HOW, I ask you…
How could **Forbes ** make the unforgivable mistake of including him in a list of fictional characters?
We had this same thread about a week ago. I objected on the grounds that McDuck definitely has more money than the people in front of him - I don’t know where the $8.2 bil came from - but not on the grounds that he isn’t fictional. I’m just not prepared to make that claim.
Opps. I apologize then; I tried to look for any earlier threads on this topic, but my search skills are obviously on a par with my math skills. I thought a search of Cafe Society using the key words “forbes” and “mcduck” would turn up any relevant discussions, but apparently not.
I seem to recall hearing that McDuck’s fortune is so vast, he signed over the profits from his long-running reality TV show (“Duck Tales,” I think it was called?) to his young nephews (on condition that they let him invest it for them). Was that true?