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Lists of wealthy persons around the world seem to fascinate some, and repulse others. While the Gates and Buffetts of our day seem much more benevolent than their 19th century predecessors, some remain skeptical about the accumulation of wealth, property, and other possessions. But what about the supposed wealth of, say, fictional tycoons and others of their ilk? In this week of plenty, the "Forbes Fictional 15" made its annual appearance, documenting the wealth of such notables as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Jed Clampett, and of course, one of the most famous alumni of Yale's storied class of 1914, one C. Montgomery Burns. There were some dramatic changes on the list this year, as noted bringer of holiday cheer Santa Claus dropped off the list entirely as well as that all-too fashionable Cruella da Vil. So far, none of the 15 members of the list have commented publicly on this latest turn of events.
The first link leads to the article on the list, offered by Forbes's own Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt. The article contains profiles of those billionaires who made the list this year, and those who disappeared as well. The second link will take users to a video feature from Forbes that provides additional commentary on the list and those who climbed the ranks this year. Moving along, the third link leads to a piece from NPR's Morning Edition on the changes within Forbes's list of 400 real-life wealthiest Americans. The forth link leads to a detailed profile of the 6th individual on Forbes's list of fictional billionaires, one Rich Uncle Pennybags, who is known to most persons as "Mr. Monopoly". The fifth link leads to the Comics Page feature on Annie, which serves as the home of Annie and her "Daddy" Warbucks. Finally, the last link leads to a fine episode of This American Life in which various commentators offer their versions of encounters with Santa Claus.