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I'm particularly interested in these two writers because Carl Barks was the original, while Don Rosa innovated heavily while staying very true to the original.

Scrooge frequently makes remarks on his wealth: it is Five multiplujillion, nine impossibidillion, seven fantasticatrillion dollars and sixteen cents according to The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Unfortunately, we have no idea what that means in real life.

There have been several attempts at estimating his wealth. Forbes claims that McDuck compares his wealth to 21.4% the value of Fort Knox, arriving at an estimate of $44.1 billion. Unfortunately I'm unable to find the source for this quote.

On the other hand, this article estimates the volume of silver in the money bin and arrives at an estimate of $27 Trillion. However, it is limited by the way in which it doesn't account for Scrooge's treasures, businesses and external investments.

EDIT: Many thanks to user14111 for pointing out errors in calculation in the second link

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Whoops, how careless of me –  Twilight Sparkle Mar 30 '14 at 9:53
I'm sorry I wasn't clear. It's not a calculation error, it's how Wolf Gnards interprets Carl Barks's wonderfully silly "cubic acre". What I tried to point out was that Mr. Gnard's interpretation was quite arbitrary. Using the same logic but expressing an acre in square miles instead of square feet, you get a cube about the size of a pea; using square millimeters, you get something the size of a small planet. –  user14111 Mar 30 '14 at 10:15

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As of Uncle Scrooge Issue 341, his net worth is approximately $315,569,400,000,000,000.

A magic hourglass causes him to lose a billion dollars a minute. He opines that he'll be bankrupt "in 600 years" at that rate. The math from that point is quite simple.

This of course doesn't take into account any interest charges, ongoing investments (he's known to own a railway, goldmines, silver mines, shipping lines, etc etc) or guaranteed income from bonds and certificates, nor does it take into account that this is more than the combined net worth of all worldwide currency, assets and infrastructure.

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So Essentially he's 315 quadrillion dollars. –  DoctorWho22 Mar 30 '14 at 14:15
@DoctorWho22 - Well, since that's more than the whole amount of money in the world you might just as well say Gazillionaire –  Richard Mar 30 '14 at 14:20
True but that's the actual word used for 17 0's in a number. –  DoctorWho22 Mar 31 '14 at 13:23
@DoctorWho22 - Actually a one with seventeen zeros would be "a hundred quadrillion". A gazillion is a fictitious number meaning very large; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indefinite_and_fictitious_numbers –  Richard Mar 31 '14 at 15:06
Yeah your right meant to say his amount is 17 numbers. And you could say he's a gazillionaire but if you wanted to be accurate about the dollar amount you could say Quadrillionaire as well because it depicts the amount precisely. –  DoctorWho22 Mar 31 '14 at 15:36

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