Really rich is fiction

Despite the recession, the number of U.S. millionaires rose 15 percent to 4.7 million last year, according to a report released last week by Boston Consulting Group.

That’s a lot of millionaires. You may be living next door to one and not even know it.

But if you’re looking to rub elbows with the truly wealthy, the real money is in fiction. Mere millionaires are no where to be found on Forbes 2010 Fiction 15, a list of the richest fictional characters.

Tops on the list is Carlisle Cullen, multi-billionaire vampire and small town doctor of Twilight fame. He’s one of six newcomers on this year’s Fictional 15.

See the complete Forbes list here.