Advising Batman: The costs of being a superhero

March 8, 2013 | Last updated on March 8, 2013
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Bruce Wayne or Batman—currently one of the most popular DC Comics superheroes—seems like a run-of–the-mill, ultra-wealthy socialite; besides his crime fighting activities, that is.

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Were he a client of yours, you might expect to help him with his lavish estate plans and investments, along with managing his business, Wayne Enterprises.

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Planning for his retirement and securing long-term health insurance would present the biggest challenges, and so too would property and casualty insurance: not only does he own several weapons and valuables, but also vehicles that are constantly in danger of being destroyed.

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To illustrate his real-world worth and the salary needed to support his lifestyle, put together an infographic of his assets. The combined costs of his suit, cars, gadgets, training and, of course, his butler, amount to more than $680 million.

Not even one of his popular movies could cover that; up to March 2013, Dark Knight Rises had grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

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The site reminds us, though, that Bruce Wayne is lucky. “He didn’t save or take out a loan to build up his wealth. He was born into a family fortune and owns Wayne Enterprises, a multinational organization [worth $7 billion].”

Still, not all aspiring crime-fighters need to fill such big, expensive shoes; in fact, would-be heroes can choose to fight fraudsters and criminals from their very own homes.

That’s because X Box is giving adults and kids alike the chance to become an agent at Save One Bank in a new video game. Targeted at teenagers, the company’s newest release will encourage them to learn about white-collar crime and confront villains who are misappropriating money. says Shon Brooks, CEO of Brooks Financial and Entertainment Consultants in California, decided to create the game amid the 2008 global recession.

“The timing is right to educate young people about money management,” said Tracey Jenkins-Martin, a principal in San Diego, in a release. Her elementary students will be among many pupils in the district benefitting from Brooks’ financial literacy games, as they’re going to be integrated into the school curriculum.

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