I recently saw a list from about last year where Forbes and other sites listed the wealthiest ten Bond villains as well as their approximate wealth. I was kind of surprised by some of the ordering, but I'd like to see who users on this board rank in their top ten, and obviously their reasons. Here's my list:
1. Hugo Drax - This one's obvious. Apart from owning a huge space station and a fleet of spacecraft, he has an exported French chateau and owns the Eiffel tower. He also had no problem funding science labs and tests for his toxin, and obviously had something that would allow him to switch rooms with the lab as well. He's probably a centibillionaire.
2. Auric Goldfinger - I believe the novel describes Goldfinger as the richest man in England. He's obviously rich enough to have numerous servants and the entire flight program run by Pussy Galore, on top of his very well-preserved 30's Rolls Royce Phantom. He was also capable of funding the entire Fort Knox operation. And, of course, he's got a lot of gold. Probably something of a multibillionaire as well, but still a far cry from Hugo Drax.
3. Karl Stromberg - Stromberg's clearly one of the richest Bond villains. He has all of Atlantis, the Liparus, a huge force of soldiers, could casually afford the surgery to repair Jaws' jaws (in the novelization of the movie), and could casually give away 20 million dollars to the professors at the start of the movie. He's also collected a huge array of underwater species, and likely has plenty of contraptions in his base that we didn't get to see. He clearly lives in sumptuous luxury too.
4. Elliot Carver - I refuse to believe that the leading media mogul in the world who has rights to just about everywhere except China would be anything short of a multibillionaire. The entire party scene shows how much wealth he has, and then there's the fact that he owns a stealth boat. Yeah, definitely a multibillionaire.
5. Max Zorin - Based on his colossal chateau, the fact that he basically funded the entire horse selling event, his airship, and the fact that he's one of the "leading industrialists" of the world, I think it's safe to say that Max Zorin is one of the wealthier Bond villains. Then there's the fact that he casually signed off that cheque to Sutton, which was five million dollars. His wealth is anywhere from hundreds of millions of dollars to several billions of dollars, from what I gather.
6. Franz Sanchez - Any drug lord of Sanchez's caliber almost certainly has hundreds of millions of dollars stashed away. Considering that the money he gave to Milton Krest was negligible to his funds, and the fact that he owned the meditation campus that his cocaine factory was located in, as well as the glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle that he leads, I think the film supports that claim. The fact that he more or less owns Isthmus (and its largest bank, casino etc) is also telling of his wealth. It seems his influence was limited to the Americas, particularly South America, which is the only reason for why he'd strike deals with all the Asian drug lords.
7. Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Blofeld's hard to rank because I measure his wealth separately from SPECTRE's, which means he doesn't own the volcano base in YOLT and so on. He did own the entire clinic in OHMSS, and I can only imagine the wealth he would've gained from posing as Willard Whyte for years in DAF. Then there's the fact that he could afford two clones of himself through plastic surgery and the oil platform base in DAF, as well as the satellite weapon (you can argue that this would be SPECTRE-funded, though).
8. Elektra King - I mention her because she's the heiress to a vast oil fortune and was capable of funding things like the chainsaw-helicopter attack, Renard's operation, etc. Her wealth is hard to determine but I find it unlikely that she isn't a multi-centi-millionaire.
9. Dr No - He basically owns Crab Key, and was obviously able to afford the decontamination equipment, the "dragon", a wide array of underwater species (one million dollars, which in the 60's, would've been preposterously high), the huge labs and nuclear-toppling technology, plenty of goons, and so on. We also knows he lives luxuriously based on the dining experience he had with Bond. It wouldn't be a stretch to label him a centimillionaire in my view.
10. Fransisco Scaramanga - Considering he's the world's most famous assassin and gets a million dollars per kill, he's likely a centimillionaire. He owns an island, a car that can turn into a plane, could afford his golden gun and a regular shipment of golden bullets, and he owns that solar lab on his island as well. And, of course, the funhouse. I don't think there's much of a difference between his wealth and Dr No's, so their places are interchangeable, IMO.