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5 Richest Characters & Houses In Westeros: HBO's Game of Thrones Money Issues

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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.

5. House Martell (42 million USD)

martell

“Yeah, we’re freaking filthy rich.” – Prince Oberyn of House Martell

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.

4. Petyr Baelish (58 million USD)

Baelish and his, ahem, employees

Baelish and his, ahem, employees

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?

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3. Daenerys Targaryen (381.38 million USD)

Daenerys with one of her babies

Daenerys with one of her babies

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.

2. House Tyrell (4.9 billion USD)

“Aren’t you jealous how rich we are?” - Lord Loras of House Tyrell

“Aren’t you jealous how rich we are?” – Lord Loras of House Tyrell

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.

1. Tywin Lannister (10 billion USD)

Tywin Lannister in his happy mode

Tywin Lannister in his happy mode

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.

By Jenny Chang

Senior writer at FinancesOnline who writes about a wide range of SaaS and B2B products, including trends and issues on e-commerce, accounting and customer service software. She’s also covered a wide range of topics in business, science, and technology for websites in the U.S., Australia and Singapore, keeping tabs on edge tech like 3D printed health monitoring tattoos and SpaceX’s exploration plans.

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Sinedor says:

You forgetting House Hightower of Oldtown, they are believed to be as ritch or even ritcher than Lannisters. They always where a dead powerful House who always allied whith winners and if they where not sure who would win they just allied with both. I know they are not depicted on the show as much beside Lord Commander of Kings Guard on the Tower of Joy episode Gerald Hightowe but that doesn't mean they are not there.They are suppose to still be ritch as heck they rule second largest city and the oldest in the 7 Kingdom.

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nifemi says:

i think house tyrell is the richest coz tyrion lannister was speaking to lady Olenna about the Royal wedding expenses, about hpw house tyrell should take responsibility for it.
to me it goes-
1. House Tyrell
2. House Lannister
3. House Martel
4. Housr tully
5. petyr baelish

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Juxenn says:

There was a scene in the show where Cersei was speaking with Margaery and mentioned how house Tyrell is the second most powerful? or richest? house and implied that it's second to the Lannisters. I think she was talking about moeny but I'm not fully certain.

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Plum says:

I think it should be:-
1) House Lannister (main income - gold)

2 )House Tyrell(main trade- Agriculture)

3) House Martell(main trade- vines, brothels, agriculture)
Rich houses like Hightower under alliegance

4) House Stark(after re-taken from Boltons)
rich houses like House Manderly under alliegance

5) House Frey(main income- taxes, agriculture)

6) House GreyJoy (main income- pillaging, looting, sea treasuries)

7) House Arryn(minimum trade due to limited access)

*P.S:- House Targaryen is the richest but it's not yet established in westros.
Daenerys has unmatched gold reserves from slavers bay, the slavers are very rich, richer than any house in westros. Also, she has 3 priceless dragons.

Post Conquering by Daenerys:-
1) Targaryen
2) Tyrell
3) Lannisters
4) Martell/Greyjoy
5) Starks
6) Arryn
7) Tully(optional)

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Denny says:

You guys are dead wrong..a Dragon is worth more than 56.7 Million.... If 8600 Unsullied cost 95 Milllion... Then 1 Dragon is worth atleast more than that... Also considering Daeneryous "traded" one dragon for all of them... But Aegon conquered the 7 Kingdoms with the smallest army and navy.. Because he had Dragons.. They are worth WAY more than that.

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Aaron says:

You are totally right! She did not "trade" her dragons for 6,800 unsullied...and even Jorah and Ser Selby immediately freaked and in front of that master dude (the guy who holds the whip) because obviously a dragon is worth more than 10,000 unsullied...however, Daenerys knew exactly what she was doing the entire time. She wanted to free the slaves but she also wanted to kill those who would continue to enslave others...this side of her and her decency, which seems genuine, basically shows she would be the best on the Iron Throne (Not sure with Margery - she seems more like an act and more fake).

But you are right, three dragons and her unsullied and what might be her dothraki hordes should this continue down the path that it is would be enough to take over Westeros.

There are also other weird things about this list.

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Jon says:

Really dont think Little Finger has more money the whole Principality of Dorne

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