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The Earl of Grantham joins Forbes' list of richest fictional characters

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Nick Briggs

Downton Abbey faithful knew Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, married the American Cora Levinson for her family’s money — and now we know just how much he got out of the deal. According to Forbes’ Fictional 15 — an annual list of the richest fictional characters — the Earl is worth an estimated $1.1 billion in today’s dollars. No wonder Lady Mary was so upset that she couldn’t inherit.

Robert is a newcomer to Forbes’ club, but he might not be there for long. In season three, the Crawley family encounters a bit of financial hardship and must appeal to Cora’s mother — played by Shirley MacLaine — for help.

Also joining the Earl is Game of Thrones villain Lord Tywin Lannister, who commands a fortune of $2.1 billion, and Lisbeth Salander, whose hacking skills earned her $2.4 billion.

Others on the list include the usual suspects — Richie Rich, Bruce Wayne, and C. Montgomery Burns. Falling off this year? Scrooge McDuck, who lost his money to his arch-nemesis Flintheart Glomgold. Read the full list here!


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