If you are an avid viewer of the hit HBO fantasy drama series the Game of Thrones, then you know that wealth plays a very important role in the show’s political power play and the characters’ penchant for ambitious schemes, greed, and hey, even lust (and we’re not just talking about sex).
It is therefore not surprising that some of the richest families or noble houses in the world of Game of Thrones are also the ones at the Iron Throne ruling the Seven Kingdoms or considered among the most influential and powerful.
So if Forbes were to do its regular “Richest” list in the Game of Thrones world, who are the five richest men (and women) in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros? Freedom Finance, a UK-based loan broker, researched and ranked the real world wealth of the show’s families and characters. Gold Dragons, the form of currency used in the Seven Kingdoms, have been converted into pounds sterling using a conversion rate that involved cows. The real dragons in the series are also accounted.
Talk about having lots of millions of dollars. Not only is House Martell considered one of the Great Houses of Westeros, it is also one of the richest families—richer than the other Houses such as those of Stark, Baratheon, or Greyjoy. The rulers of the peninsula of Dorne have an uneasy and somewhat rocky relationship with the other families such as the Lannisters and Tyrells, although they are ardent vassals of the Iron Throne.
It is almost scandalous for just one man to have this extraordinary amount of money. Despite that he was not born to any of the Great Families in Westeros, Baelish has become one of the most influential and wealthiest figures in the Seven Kingdoms.
In the series, Baelish once served as the Iron Throne’s “Master of Coin”, which means he was responsible for the financial and economic matters of the entire realm. He also has three high-end “pleasure” houses where the prostitutes demand a hefty price for their services. Their customers? Kings, princes, lords, knighhts, and the rest of the who’s who in the Game of Thrones universe. Comparing Baelis to real-world equivalents of “Master of Coin” and owner of posh “pleasure” houses, he is estimated to have a net worth of more than 58 million dollars. Who needs the family name Lannister or Tyrell when you are this insanely rich by yourself?
She is pretty, young, strong, and comes from an old family that ruled the Seven Kingdoms for several generations. Did we also say she is also filthy rich? This Targaryen may not have (yet) the wide lands or plenty gold the other Great Families own, she commands a very large and loyal army of “Unsullied” soldiers ready to wage a war for her claim to the Iron Throne. The estimated worth of the entire 8,600 “Unsullied” army? More than 95 million USD.
Did we also mention that the “Mother of Dragons” (as Targaryen is also called) has, well, live fire-breathing dragons? One dragon has an estimated worth of 56.7 million GBP. By the way, she has not just one dragon, but three.
At second place is the House Tyrell, one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms. They own the biggest share of crops in all of Westeros, thanks to their fertile and rich farmlands. They also control the most populous region and thus could field the largest army in the entire realm. Only the Lannisters can better-equip the troops from House Tyrell. This makes the Tyrells fearsome enemies but also very excellent allies.
Although one could argue that since Tywin came from House Lannister and therefore it should be his noble House, it is his shrewdness and cleverness that made Tywin (and House Lannister) the richest figure and family in all of Seven Kingdoms. With his family owning many of the gold mines across the continent, Tywin is rich enough to continue the rule of his family after the debt-ridden reign of the Baratheons, fight in the deadly War of the Five Kings following King Robert Baratheon’s death, andan opulent marriage of his grandson King Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell. Now, that’s wealthy.
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