You have asked yourself that question before. Everyone asks themselves that question around the time of a big lottery. Most people say the same things. "I would buy an island." "I would travel the world." "I would buy a time machine and kill Hitler." You have to kill Hitler.
But we don't know because we haven't gotten that billion. Only a small group of people have. They are sometimes known as the 1% and what they have chosen to do with that money covers the entire spectrum of human endeavor. Some cure disease. Some fly into outer space. Some destroy the political system. Some change nothing about their lives and live like you and me. And some do whatever Donald Trump is doing. The big question is, who is the best billionaire?
So that's what we're looking into here. We have compiled a list of 16 of the most interesting billionaires. We have billionaires from every end of the spectrum. We have media. We have oil. We have technology. We have old money. And we have whatever Donald Trump is doing. We are pitting them against each other to determine who is the best. But that's not all.
We have also complied the 16 best fictional billionaires. We have billionaires from literature, video games, movies, and TV. We have comic book and board game characters. We will also be pitting them against each other to determine the best fictional billionaire. And once that is done, we will match the best real billionaire against the best fictional billaionare to determine, once and for all, the Best Billionaire.
The seeding has been done by net worth as of August 20th. The real billionaires were easy to find. The fictional billionaires were a little harder to find. The Forbes Fictional 15 listings were a good place to start. A couple had to be estimated but we think we have a good handle on how much money the fictional side has. We also excluded royalty since they didn't quite fit what we were going for. The voting on the first round will last until October 26th. Here are the match-ups.
1 Bill Gates (Microsoft)vs 16 J K Rowling (Harry Potter)
3 Charles Koch (Koch Industries) vs 14 Oprah (OWN/HARPO Productions)
4 Alice Walton(WalMart) vs 13 Donald Trump (The Trump Organization)
5 Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg L.P.) vs 12 Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA)
6 Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) vs 11 Richard Branson (Virgin)
7 Jeff Bezos (Amazon) vs 10 Rupert Murdoch (News Corp)
8 Steve Balmer (Microsoft) vs 9 Elon Musk (SpaceX/PayPal/Tesla Motors)
1 Smaug (The Hobbit) vs 16 Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
2 Scrooge McDuck (Duck Tales) vs 15 Bruce Wayne (Batman)
3 Longfellow Deeds (Mr. Deeds) vs 14 Adrian Veidt (Watchmen)
4 Richie Rich (Richie Rich) vs 13 Mr. Monopoly (Monopoly)
5 Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!) vs 12 Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars)
6 Ragyo Kiryun (Kill la Kill) vs 11 C Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons)
7 Lex Luthor (Superman) vs 10 Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
8 Tony Stark (Iron Man) vs 9 Jed Clampett (The Beverley Hillbillies)
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Matthew Nando Kelly is an incredibly cool and handsome staff writer for Pop-Break who was allowed to write his own bio. Aside from weekly Flash reviews, he writes about film, television, music, and video games. He loves U2, cats, and the New Orleans Saints. His twitter handle is @NationofNando