In The Simpsons, series 13, episode 10; Half-Decent Proposal, Marge is reminded of her former boyfriend Artie Ziff by a news report in which Kent Brockman says these lines:

Gentlemen, start your envy! Men's world magazine has listed the one hundred richest men in the country, and coming in at number five is Springfield native, Artie Ziff.

Now, it makes sense that local news would mention a local person being on that list, but isn't Mr Burns an obvious omission? His main character traits are wealth and cruelty. Wouldn't he be in the top five? Is it possible he's not on the list at all?

So, is Artie richer than Monty at that point? Any tv/comic/comicon sources?

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According to Forbes Fictional 15, he was number 11 with 1B in 2002 and number 13 with 996M in 2008 which matches what happened in episode The Burns and the Bees where:

When billionaires learnt Mr. Burns lost 4 million dollars short of a billion dollars, he was kicked out. Billionaires threw him over to the Millionaire Camp, having only $996,036,000.

So, although he is one of the wealthiest fictional characters, his fortune isn't enough to make him richer than Artie Ziff or one of the wealthiest persons in the real world/shows universe!

  • In The Ziff Who Came to Dinner (Season 15) Artie is living in the Simpson's attic because he is broke. So it seems that currently he is not richer than Mr. Burns.
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 10:59
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    @Oliver_C I did specify at that point in the show.
    – AJFaraday
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 21:41
  • @madmada I'm so happy this information exists.
    – AJFaraday
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 21:41
  • @AJFaraday - Yes, and "The Burns and the Bees" is an episode from Season 20 (2008). The episode you talk about is from Season 13 (2002). Hence it would make more sense to link to the Forbes Fictional Fifteen from 2002 instead of 2008 (Mr. Burns net worth fluctuates, e.g. in 2007 he was listed with $8.4 billion)
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 22:15
  • And in the link you posted from 2002, he's at #11with 1 B.
    – madmada
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 3:11

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