Their facts aren't quite 100% spot-on (I don't remember the Volturi being instrumental in Carlisle amassing his wealth, for one), but given the tongue-in-cheek nature of this whole thing, and the fact that it's Forbes (which isn't exactly known for being tongue-in-cheeky), it's still pretty funny and I'm going to allow it. Somehow I find it comforting to my Twitarded soul that somewhere out there, someone with an MBA from an Ivy League school spent their week calculating how Carlisle's wealth would have grown over the centuries (especially with Alice's help!). I can only imagine the incredulous look on some junior associate's face when he or she got that assignment. I'm sure they were totally fine with dropping a few hundred thousand dollars on a ritzy education so that they could semi-accurately guestimate the monetary status of assorted fictional characters. Yup. Totally cool.
So suck it, Monty Burns, Batman, Mr. Howell, and the Tooth Fairy - Carlisle pwns you!
No. 1 Cullen, Carlisle04.14.10, 09:00 AM EDT
Net Worth: $34.1 billion
Source: Compound Interest, Long-Term Investments
Marital Status: Married (4 adopted children)
Hometown: Forks, Wash.
Video: 'Twilight's Billionaire Vampire
Immortal vampire and small-town doctor has quietly amassed a fortune over three centuries. In 1670 received generous handout from Italian friends; put savings in bank, reaped billions in compound interest. Made shrewd long-term investments in steel, gold, oil, thanks to prescience of daughter turned financial advisor Alice; saw recessions coming, invested early in Wal-Mart, Apple. Earned doctor's salary for 340 years without paying for groceries, health care expenses. Avoids sunshine and public displays of wealth, but owns several valuable properties, including yacht, private island, collection of Renaissance art. New member. (For more on Carlisle Cullen, see "Blood Money.")
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