How many coins, rings, crowns and rupees have you collected in your lifetime? One study found which video game characters accumulated the most personal wealth.
According to Statista, Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the tech industry, followed by Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Big surprise, isn’t it? But how do they compare to the richest characters in video games? If you’re confused, don’t be; NetCredit of course did all the math and currency conversions to determine which character makes the most in-game currency.
The study found that Nintendo’s Mario is easily the richest character in gaming, having amassed $805,676,122,480 in net worth by collecting in-game currency over the life of the series. The next highest earners are Ratchet & Clank, the stars of the recently released Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for PlayStation 5, who have managed to amass $467,999,997 in personal wealth
Mario’s enormous personal worth easily eclipses Bezos’s $177 billion valuation. Only their total of $549 billion beat Ratchet & Clank’s by combining the wealth of all four tech leaders. By this point, however, valuations among video game characters have declined significantly.
The Mass Effect series’ Commander Shepard is worth $6,391,999, while Sonic the Hedgehog has accumulated $2,193,845 in personal assets. Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife costs $1,818,182. And the total cost of Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series is $1,733,328.
Other characters studied included the Pokémon Trainer, Banjo from the Banjo-Kazooie series, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series, Spyro and Donkey Kong.
In case you’re a little skeptical, NetCredit has shown their work. All ratings are based on how much in-game currency these characters can collect and the real-world valuation of in-game items. For example, Sonic can buy a green gem for 5,000 rings. A gemstone the size of your hand will cost about $1,400, which means that a ring is worth about $58.85 in the real world.
The other in-game currencies are comparatively huge. Since a watermelon in The Witcher series costs 10 crowns, the currency on the continent costs only around 30 cents in the US, compared to the $3 price tag in real life. Similarly, a boomerang costs 300 bucks in Zelda, so a buck may only cost 10 cents.
Sadly, a bottle of water costs 200 Pokemon dollars, which means that a unit of this currency is only $0.0075 in US dollars.
So why is Mario worth so much money? According to NetCredit’s logic, 100 in-game coins gives you an extra life, and an extra life is essentially like real-world health insurance. A human life is valued at $8 million by industry, so by that logic, a coin is basically $80,000. Mario is also helped by the fact that the New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS has about $800 trillion in coins to collect. Meanwhile, Donkey Kong on the Wii equates to a total of $89 in returns.