It’s pretty amazing to be a superhero. Apart from the awesome fighting powers, the men and women who grace our comic book covers and headline blockbuster action movies also get spiffy outfits, cool names, dashing good looks, and, in many cases, a huge fortune to help fund their crime-fighting adventures.
Black Panther is the wealthiest superhero, and also probably the richest fictional character ever.
Being the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books, Black Panther tops the list of the most realistically rich superhero (or supervillain) in either DC or Marvel. This Wakandan king isn’t just the richest superhero. He is almost undoubtedly the wealthiest fictional character of all time.
How is Black Panther so rich?
How is it even possible for one person to have this much wealth? T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a fictional African country with nearly all of the world’s reserves of Vibranium. Vibranium is the most precious and strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. It’s stronger than indestructible metal Adamantium, the substance bonded to Wolverine’s skeleton and claws. On top of that, Vibranium is the metal used to make Captain America’s shield. Obviously, it doesn’t come cheap.
In the distant past, a massive meteorite made up of the sound-absorbing mineral Vibranium crashed in Wakanda. It is unearthed a generation before the events of the present day. Knowing others would attempt to manipulate and dominate Wakanda for this rare and valuable resource, T’Chaka, father of T’Challa, concealed his country from the outside world. He sells off minute amounts of the valuable Vibranium while surreptitiously sending the country’s best scholars to study abroad. Consequently, Wakanda turns into one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations.
According to the comics, the material costs $10,000 per gram, and Wakanda’s Vibranium vaults have 10,000 tons of the stuff. Therefore, the amount of Vibranium would cost more than the GDP of the entire world. From the perspective of natural resources, supply vs. demand, even if he just sells a tiny bit of it – T’Challa, is still arguably the richest superhero in comics.