Forbes estimates that the 10 wealthiest Bond supervillains have in total an excess of $26 billion.
In the latest James Bond adventure, "Spectre,” Agent 007 is taken to the lair of his nemesis (we’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum), and in the tradition of the screen’s longest-running franchise, it’s spectacular. Built into a crater, it is a lair so enormous that its destruction in the movie reportedly set a world record for the largest film stunt explosion. Never mind the architecture, consider as well a fleet of helicopters at the ready, and the hundreds of minions on staff, and you have to ask: How much did all this cost?
Considering the villain is Blofeld, you don’t have to worry: He can afford it. According to Forbes, Blofeld, whose prized possession must be that Persian cat he is always stroking, is worth $640 million. And that’s only enough to rank sixth on its list of the 10 wealthiest Bond supervillains.
It takes big bucks to try to take over the world. The 10 wealthiest Bond baddies have in total $26.2 billion, Forbes estimates. This allows them to hire the best help. Henchmen such as Oddjob or Jaws probably don’t come cheap.
Here are the top five wealthiest Bond supervillains, according to Forbes:
Franz Sanchez, License to Kill ($1 billion): Not the usual megalomaniac, Sanchez is a drug lord who gets on Bond’s bad side when he attempts to murder 007’s American friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter.
Elliot Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies ($3.9 billion): Carver is a media baron who plans to provoke a war between China and the United States. There must be a more cost-effective way to gain exclusive broadcast rights.
Max Zorin, A View to a Kill ($5.3 billion): Former KGB agent, industrialist, and the evil mastermind behind Project Mainstrike, by which Zorin, a compute chip magnate, plans to wipe out all competing Silicon Valley computer companies by triggering a massive earthquake.
Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger ($6.5 billion): He loves gold, in case you hadn’t heard. The bullion dealer and international jeweler is one of the great Bond villains (“Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”), Goldfinger’s mad scheme, Operation Grand Slam, would have contaminated the United States gold supply held in Fort Knox, which would have made his considerable personal stock soar in value.
Hugo Drax, Moonraker ($7.6 billion): The California-based billionaire is a builder of space shuttles, six of which he plans to use as sanctuary for the small group of hand-picked male and female survivors once Drax destroys the rest of the human race. Talk about conspicuous consumption: He had his chateau transported from France brick by brick. He is also said to own the Eiffel Tower.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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