The world's richest man Elon Musk just seems to get wealthier and wealthier, and is on track to become the planet's first ever trillionaire by 2024.
At least, that's what he thinks. According to research by finance experts at Money.co.uk, one wily entrepreneur from the hit Nintendo game Animal Crossing has already beaten Musk to the chase.
Tom Nook, the game's uncompromising hard-nosed business raccoon tycoon, has combined assets totalling more than £245 trillion in value.
Nook may be a cute-looking raccoon, but he has his fingers in many pies, with players around the world relying on him for mobile phone and banking services and even access to Animal Crossing's Dodo Airlines.
Animal Crossing players not only owe Tom Nook big mortgages that they have to pay back through earning bells, the game's virtual currency; they're also forced to use his company shop, which sells everything from furniture to decorations for their virtual homes.
If you combined the real-world value of Tom Nook's home loans, property portfolio, airline fleet, banking and phone services, and his notorious Cranny network, he would be worth £245,246,033,887,418.
That's a lot of dough, and makes the raccoon more than 1,276 times richer than Elon Musk.
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The sums were calculated on the basis that 1 bell in Animal Crossing is worth about 1 Japanese yen, meaning that that a fully kitted out three-storey house in the game could run upwards of £35,552, or 5.2 million bells.
If Elon Musk wants to nab the trillionaire title sooner, he could take a leaf out of Tom Nook's book by combining ruthless business savvy with uncompromising monopoly capitalism.
The second wealthiest villager in Animal Crossing is Ankha, an Egyptian cat with a personal pyramid and a gold toilet. She is worth about £2,564 (364,050 bells), which demonstrates the enormous wealth disparity between the 1% and the 99% even further.
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