We’ve always known Tony Stark as a billionaire playboy whose genius leads him to become the brains of the Avengers and one of the greatest heroes in Marvel Comics. But have you ever wondered what he’s actually worth?
First appearing as Iron Man in 1963, the son of Howard Stark, while initially a second-tier character, quickly rose through the ranks and became one of the most important superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Even in the MCU, Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Stark garnered universal acclaim and set him up as one of the key players in the Infinity Saga. And what a journey it was. From an arrogant playboy who couldn’t possibly care less about doing something that really matters to a hero who’d stop at nothing to save everybody else from danger. But even after taking up the mantle of Iron Man and founding the Avengers, Tony Stark remained a wealthy businessman, to the point of personally funding the assets of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Tony inherited most of his wealth after his father Howard died. Becoming the CEO of Stark Industries, the young Stark was wise enough to keep developing defensive technology, and according to Money.com, the character’s wealth is somewhere near a whopping $12.4 billion, which is more than enough for him to trample on other rich superheroes like Bruce Wayne and Charles Xavier.
Forbes, meanwhile, lists Stark at $9.4 billion, placing him at number five on their list of the wealthiest fictional characters. These numbers are backed up by Iron Man Vol. 4 #7 where we learned that Stark is the 36th richest man alive.
Whether it’s $12.4 billion or $9.4 billion, though, Tony is clearly one of the richest comic book characters around and we look forward to watching him continue to find new and exciting ways to spend his wealth.