It might be quite a while before the real world sees its first trillionaire, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) already has one as it seems.
So move over Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne. It looks like King T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther is about to give a run for your money.
The African king may not be the first one to come to mind when you think of wealthy superheroes, but he has secured that title long ago. How exactly?
Well, it’s all thanks to the abundant natural resources of the fictional nation of Wakanda, which Black Panther rules. The country is rich with a substance called Vibranium, a magical material that has been used by various superheroes before in the Marvel Comics world.
It is actually the same metal used to make Captain America’s shield and Black Panther’s uniform. Vibranium is said to have the ability to manipulate kinetic energy.
Due to its unique qualities, it’s no surprise that Vibranium is valued pretty high and doesn’t come cheap at all. It’s speculated that the sheer amount of the material found in Wakanda makes Black Panther a trillionaire.
To demonstrate how impressive that feat is, although it’s only real in a fictional world, let’s look at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ wealth.
The businessman, who has a net worth of $149.4 billion today, is projected to become a trillionaire by the year 2035. And that’s only based on rough projections that may not even come true.
In fact, the suggestion that Bezos would become the real world’s first-ever trillionaire someday has even been criticized by many people.
Going back to the reel world, let’s take a closer look at King T’Challa’s trillions. Vibranium costs a whopping $10,000 per gram and Wakanda sitting 10,000 tons of the prized material, as the comics revealed.
That said, it’s safe to say that the value of the fictional nation’s Vibranium reserves is more than the gross domestic product of all countries in the world combined. Running the numbers, it appears that Black Panther has a net worth of $90.7 trillion.
That’s ways ahead Tony Stark’s reported $12.4 billion fortune and Bruce Wayne’s $9.2 billion net worth. And if Bezos were to earn a wealth that would beat Black Panther’s, then he would have to work at it for hundreds of years.