March 17 2009|06.21 PM UTC

Stan Reybern

Business and Financial Advice From 10 Fictional Billionaires

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It’s no secret that the global economy is presently in bad shape. And, the current situation has left many entrepreneurs and other financially-aware individuals uncertain about how to mitigate loss during these tumultuous times. At times like these we need to keep our spirits up and look for good financial advice and thinking in unorthodox places. Below is a list of some of the most memorable billionaires from television and film history, as well as their advice about the current marketplace, and their overall philosophy regarding business. Love them or hate them, they all have some unique insight into financial markets (they’re billionaires after all!) and what you should or shouldn’t do.

*Disclaimer – base financial decisions on this advice at your own risk!

Scrooge McDuck – Ducktales


On Hard Work and Determination: In a time of economic uncertainty, a solid work ethic, determination and cautious spending are the necessary tools to preserver.

Gordon Gekko – Wall Street



On Conceptualizing the Marketplace: To become wealthy, one must understand A) what it takes; B) what it consists of.

JR Ewing – Dallas


On Business Ethics: A businessman is only as good as his reputation. Take care of your own, and keep your word.

Tony Stark – Ironman



On Building a Reputation: Entrepreneurs should be feared by their competitors, but respected by their peers.

Lex Luther – Superman


On Being Prepared For Anything: So much about success has to do with being in the right place at the right time, and preparing oneself as best as possible for the unknown.

Richie Rich – Richie Rich


On Innovation: A businessman should not be concerned with criticisms when venturing into unchartered financial territory. Creativity and innovation precede success and wealth.

Thurston Howell III – Gilligan’s Island


On Determination: Realize what it is you want out of life, and strive to attain it. Understand what your options are and make your decisions accordingly.

Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


On Financial Forecasting: In Today’s economy, there’s no such thing as a formulaic approach investment strategy and asset management.

Bruce Wayne – Batman


On Investing in things Dear to Oneself: Uncertain times cause individuals to invest in things they are familiar with. This can can mean re-investing in one’s own business, instead of the market.

Charles Foster Kane – Citizen Kane


On Money : Understand the value of things, and do not be one-dimensional.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Andres March 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

Great list ! I Would had loved to have financial advice from Ozymandias



Matthew Clark March 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

Great little post and some true words for building a business in any economic times, good or bad.

Make it great,


Jason @ MyMoneyMinute March 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Nice and creative list! I was hoping to see some Beverly Hillbillies on here, but Scrooge McDuck made up for it :O)


BillShrink Guy March 20, 2009 at 3:50 am

Andres: Ah.. Ozymandias (aka Adrian Veidt)… wanting to help the world so much that he comes off as a villain.

Matthew: We’re glad you enjoyed the post.

Jason: Maybe on the next round of fictional billionaires advice!


Kevin March 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

That’s not J.R Ewing on the picture, bit his dad Jock (Jim Davis)… The quotes does seem to be JR’s though ;-)
Great post guys!


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