LOADSA HUNNEY; Pooh Bear's a billionaire.
Byline: TOBY McDONALD
WINNIE the Pooh earned pounds 3.5 billion last year, making him the world's wealthiest fictional character.
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Famous character of Walt Disney's animated cartoons. He was introduced in Steamboat Willie (1928), the first animated cartoon with sound. Mickey was created by Disney, who also provided his high-pitched voice, and was usually drawn by the studio's head animator, , on pounds 2.8 billion, into second place.
The two much-loved Disney characters aged 82 and 75 top a rich list compiled by Forbes business magazine.
Next comes Harry Potter, who brought in a wizard pounds 1.7 billion last year.
The world's top 10 fictional characters grossed more than pounds 13.76 billion. The figures include books, movies, games and TV spin-offs.
Those who didn't quite make the Top 10 include Homer Simpson, James Bond and Bob the Builder <noinclude></noinclude> <noinclude></noinclude> Bob the Builder is a children's television character created by Keith Chapman. Bob appears as a construction contractor in a stop motion animated programme with his colleague Wendy, various neighbours .
They were pipped by a new generation of children's favourites, such as Sully from the film Monsters Inc and TV cartoon characters Pikachu and Sponge Bob Square Pants.
Vanessa Gisquet of Forbes said: ``To qualify for our list, a fictional character must have made their debut in a story, be it book, film or videogame.''
``That excluded toys such as Barbie, who would have been third with pounds 2.2 billion.
``Winnie the Pooh is still tops for children. Unlike some other characters on our list, he does not owe his success to a blockbuster movie.
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