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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The cost of being Batman 

I've alwas wondered what a well-run vigilante operation might cost. Well, Forbes has the answer.

Given that Batman's efforts seem to have some effect on crime in Gotham (at least at the end of the most recent movie...the comic books paint a more dreary picture of an obsessed man trying to hold back the ocean), it goes to show that indcreased funding for crimefighting really can make a difference.

Also interesting is the Forbes Fictional Fifteen. After Santa Clause (net worth: $infinite...total cop-out), Richie Rich ranks top. I thought for sure it'd be Lex Luthor, but he ranks a paltry #8 (Bruce Wayne is #7).

Who knew?

-Ben  00:41 EST | |

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This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

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