IIRC in the first episode of The Flash TV show, Dr. Wells mentions that after the explosion he has become something of a pariah, and that S.T.A.R. Labs has lost most or all of its backers.

If this is the case how can they afford to keep the facility running?

It's possible that they can generate their own power, but that doesn't explain how they have the budget for new developments such as the superspeed treadmill.

None of the three remaining S.T.A.R. Labs scientists appear to have other jobs. So where is the money coming from?

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    Totally speculation, but I've been assuming that they've gotten by using the "Men in Black" method: developing new tech and inventions and quietly selling them. Nothing dangerous of course, just Velcro and a better mouse trap.
    – Nerrolken
    Nov 21, 2014 at 17:54
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    I would bet it's Wells' personal fortune. Let's not forget that he can travel time. Nov 21, 2014 at 20:22
  • And after "Wells" died, he left everything to Barry. Dec 31, 2015 at 16:11
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    LEDs man, they’re really cheap to run. Oct 5, 2016 at 15:05
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    Barry got lottery numbers from his trips though time. Or Oliver Queen funds it ?
    – Kamalen
    May 3, 2017 at 22:46

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Well in the Arrow-verse the Wells built Star Labs 15 years before the Flash got his powers. During those 15 years Wells has become pretty rich considering the fact it was one of the largest labs. It probably added many millions of dollars to his wealth. In addition he knew that he was going to go home(to the future) so he could use up nearly all of his wealth because money would be insignificant in the future. He didn't care about spending money because returning to the future was all he cared about. So in conclusion he already had many millions of dollars from his 15 years of various research and he could have spent as much as he needed to go back to the future.


It's a fair bet that when he took over Dr. Wells's identity he took the money that Dr. Wells had available and made some high risk investments, being from the future he knew how they would play out, put the earnings into a trust and continued making investments to the point where the trust kept generating revenue to keep everything going.

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    Welcome to SciFi & Fantasy Stack Exchange! While I think that this is a possibility, do you have any evidence to support that this is what happened? Oct 5, 2016 at 15:21

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