Who’s richer, Bill Gates or Scrooge McDuck?

A STAFF REPORT FROM THE STRAIGHT DOPE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

Dear Straight Dope:

I was wondering if you can answer this question for me. At the height of their respective fortunes, who had more money, Bill Gates or Scrooge McDuck?

SDStaff Dex replies:

Bill Gates measures his money in mere billions, while Scrooge McDuck has ultra-fantasticillions. Besides, Bill Gates money is in intangibles, like stocks, while Scrooge’s money is in, well, money. And what’s the fun of having all that money if you can’t burrow through it like a gopher, and dive in it like a porpoise, and toss some of it up in the air and let it fall back on your head?

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