Who are the richest characters in fiction?

Each year, Forbes magazine assembles its Forbes Fictional 15, comparing the fortunes of some of fiction's wealthiest folks. This year, dragons and vampires beat out corporate heirs, and Game of Thrones' richest family made the list.

The Hobbit's hoarding dragon Smaug topped the Fictional 15, with a net worth of $62 billion. Vampire patriarch Carlisle Cullen took the #3 slot, thanks to the twin miracles of immortality and compound interest. Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are numbers five and eight on the list, with fortunes of $9.3 billion and $6.9 billion respectively. The head of Game of Thrones' ruling family, Tywin Lannister came in at #12, with his $2.1 billion trumping Montgomery Burns' $1.3 billion. And, lest you think magic beings are the only ones who could edge out Stark and Wayne's defense fortunes, Forbes notes that seven real-world billionaires are richer than Tony Stark, including telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helú, who is wealthier than Smaug.

How exactly does one go about calculating the wealth of a dragon? Forbes is so glad you asked. Here is their updated methodology for assessing Smaug's fortune, along with "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Hobbits."

The Forbes Fictional 15 [Forbes via Blastr]