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Billionaire CEOs by Day, Superheroes by Night

  1. Executives by Day, Superheroes by Night

    Executives by Day, Superheroes by Night

    Being an executive is never simple—especially if you moonlight as a superhero or a super villain. In time for the opening of The Avengers on May 4, here are some other comic book characters who have day jobs in the C-suite, as well as the closest real-life counterparts of the companies they run.

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  2. Iron Man

    Iron Man

    Tony Stark inherited defense contractor Stark Enterprises, later called Stark Industries, from his father. The multinational conglomerate makes not only Iron Man’s armor, but other technologies used by the Avengers. Closest real-life equivalents to Stark Industries: General Dynamics (GD); Lockheed Martin (LMT).

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  3. Batman


    Wayne Enterprises, Gotham’s most prominent corporation, funds Chief Executive Officer Bruce Wayne’s lifestyle as a billionaire playboy while supplying some impressive gadgets to Batman. Still, it's tough to put a finger on exactly what it is the company does. Its competitors include Lex Luthor’s LexCorp. Closest real-life equivalent to Wayne Enterprises (at least in terms of secrecy): privately held Koch Industries.
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  4. Lex Luthor

    Lex Luthor

    Superman’s arch nemesis founded LexCorp, an aerospace engineering firm that grew into one of the world’s biggest, most-diversified corporations. For a period, it owned the Daily Planet, but Luthor sold the less-than-prosperous newspaper. Closest real-life equivalents to LexCorp: General Electric (GE); Boeing (BA).

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  5. Green Goblin

    Green Goblin

    When Norman Osborn wasn’t trying, as the Green Goblin, to become the head of organized crime in New York, he ran Oscorp, a chemicals and weapons manufacturer. Closest real-life equivalent: Du Pont (DD).

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  6. Green Hornet

    Green Hornet

    Britt Reid, wealthy owner and publisher of the Daily Sentinel, also fights crime as the masked hero Green Hornet. Closest real-life equivalent to Britt Reid: Mort Zuckerman.

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  7. Archangel


    Winged superhero Warren Worthington III was CEO of Worthington Industries—which does business in aviation technology, experimental alternative fuels, and fancy frozen yogurts—until he was removed by the board because he suffers amnesia. Worthington also funded the X-Men. Closest real-life equivalents to Worthington Industries: Tesla Motors (TSLA); Starbucks (SBUX).

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  8. Iron First

    Iron First

    After villain Harold Meachum sent business partner Wendell Rand plunging to his death in hopes of taking over Rand-Meachum, Rand’s son Danny (aka Iron Fist) took over as co-owner of the company, which was behind secret subways and buildings throughout New York City. Closest real-life equivalent to Rand-Meachum: The Trump Organization.

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