Sunday, July 5, 2015

Name Your Favorite Movie Billionaire

In honor of Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko, the disgraced billionaire of Wall Street whose character returns this week in the sequel Wall Street:Money Never Sleeps, thought I'd share my favorite list, the Forbes Fictional 15, which ranks the wealth of billionaires in movies, television and books.

Name Your Favorite Movie Billionaire

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Shia LeBeouf and Michael Douglas in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Shia LeBeouf and Michael Douglas in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

In honor of  Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko, the disgraced billionaire of Wall Street whose character returns this week in the sequel Wall Street:Money Never Sleeps, thought I'd share my favorite list, the Forbes Fictional 15, which ranks the wealth of billionaires in movies, television and books.

While I like that Forbes includes Carlisle Cullen (Twilight) Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Wayne (Batman), I would prefer a charisma ranking to a financial ranking. That probably would restore Gordon Gekko to the list. Among my choices for the other most charismatic rich folk on screen: Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in The Thin Man, Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) in It Happened One Night, Hoppsy (Henry Fonda) in The Lady Eve, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) in The Philadelphia Story, Louis Winthorpe III and Billy Ray Valentine (Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy) in Trading Places,  and William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) in Meet Joe Black.

Your choices for most charismatic movie millionaire? Why?

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