LOADSA HUNNEY; Pooh Bear's a billionaire.
WINNIE the Pooh earned pounds 3.5 billion last year, making him the world's wealthiest fictional character.
AA Milne's honey-loving bear licked Mickey Mouse, 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.
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.
``His image can be found on millions of pyjamas, backpacks and lunchboxes.''
Rich: Winnie the Pooh
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 5, 2003|
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