Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Lisbeth Salander, Downton’s Lord Crowley Among World’s Richest Characters
Forbes' annual "Fictional 15" rattles off the year's richest fictional characters, and this year's notables control a combined wealth of $209.5 billion. Topping this year's list is the familiar wealth-hoarder Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, who moved up thanks to Forbes' more accurate analysis of his size; since he sleeps on a mound of treasure, this meant that the fictional mound is also larger, which puts his net worth at $62 billion. Twilight's Carlisle Cullen ranked third, with $36.3 billion (wise investments), and Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, with $9.3 billion and $6.9 billion respectively, are nothing to sneeze at.