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While some superheroes stay monetarily steady, others lose and gain money in all sorts of ways. Under Dan Slott's pen, the previously low-income Peter Parker is now a leading tech mogul with riches beyond his wildest dreams. But while our favorite web-slinger's net worth hasn't yet been calculated, he has quite a few big names to go up against when - and if - he's ranked. Here's a quick look, thanks to the numbers at TIME Money and some personal research, at the current richest superheroes in comics.

1. T'challa (Black Panther)

Worth: $90.7 Trillion.

It's a pretty well-known fact that T'challa is the King of Wakanda. But alongside the wealth that comes from ruling over an entire population, the character that will debut as Black Panther next year in the MCU's [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) also owns most of the world's supply of vibranium, the strongest material on the planet, which Captain America's shield is made out of. Per TIME:

According to the comics, the material costs $10,000 per gram, and Wakanda’s Vibranium vaults have 10,000 tons of the stuff (Doomwar #1). A little math and that amount of Vibranium would cost more than the GDP of the entire world.

In the comics, Black Panther had to make the extreme decision to protect the material from the evil Dr. Doom, and it may be completely worthless now.

2. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

Worth: $12.4 Billion

One of the two go-to's for fans when thinking about rich superheroes, Tony bankrolls the efforts of the Avengers, complete with a tower, new gadgets, science rooms, and more. He has funded his own small army of Iron Man suits, and dealt with otherworldly objects that require the most ridiculous, and likely expensive technology possible.

Couple that with grand-scale soirees, a Malibu mansion or two, and a garage full of incredible cars just for funsies, and Tony Stark is the quintessential rich guy of the comics universe.

3. Bruce Wayne (Batman)

Worth: $9.2 Billion

Though not as blatantly outspoken as Tony Stark, this billionaire playboy focuses his efforts on philanthropy; opening new schools, funding housing projects, and -- oh yeah! -- building massive armored suits, several different high-tech Batmobiles (in the past, he;s said to have spent a total of $80 million alone on new vehicles), and a cave chock-full of state-of-the-art technology.

Bruce may be known as a playboy, but his reputation rests within his ability to play upper-class at just the right moment, which has won over countless allies, investors, and one-night stands.

4. Oliver Queen (Green Arrow)

Worth: $7 Billion

The third and final "playboy billionaire" on this list, Oliver Queen heads up Queen Industries and has even served as the Mayor of his city in the comic books. While Arrow isn't exactly boastful about his tech, everything else comes with the package: The cars, the expensive suits, the bottle service, and the adoring fans.

5. Charles Xavier (Professor X)

Worth: $3.5 Billion

Charles Xavier used his fortune to create a safe haven for Mutants like him, as well as a specialized educational system within his private school for those Mutants. He also happens to be responsible for funding every piece of insane tech that his students -- and superhero team, the X-Men -- could possibly need in order to save the world.

From floating wheelchairs to a mind-bending training room, the technology that Professor X built for his team is above and beyond real-life achievements at the moment.

6. Emma Frost

Worth: Between $1-3 Billion

There are plenty of incredible businesswomen in comics, but let's face it -- the world isn't exactly fair when it comes to opportunities for young female entrepreneurs. Breaking that barrier into little icy fragments (as she does with most other things that stand in her way) is the X-Men's Emma Frost, who -- while not always the easiest person to get along with -- has an undeniable tenacity that undoubtedly assists her in her day-to-day duties as CEO and Chairwoman of the board at Frost Industries.

While Professor X has built many of the resources that the X-Men use, it's Frost that funded their island base, among several other accommodations for the team.

7. Max Eisenhardt (Magneto)

Worth: $500 Million

It took a while for me to settle on Magneto, since he isn't exactly a hero (which was what disqualified big names such as Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom from this list), but while the character has played several varying roles in the past, his most memorable feats occurred when he (and, sometimes, the Brotherhood that served him) was allied with long-time frenemy Charles Xavier and the X-Men. For that reason, I'd like to round out this list with everyone's favorite Father of the Year, who has several different backstories throughout the movie and comics that tie him back to a wealthy family.

A survivor of the Holocaust, Magneto's fortune is sometimes described as being won from stolen Nazi gold -- other iterations of the character simply assert that he was born into wealth. Either way, Magneto has enough money for a few awesome armored suits, and enough to pay rent whenever the Brotherhood has a base to function out of.


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