Chances are, if you're reading this, you've either already seen The Dark Knight Rises or plan to. We don't want to spoil the plot -- or the ending. But we can say that in the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, everything changes for billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne.
That got us thinking. What if there were real-life billionaire business leaders who could lead the same double-life that has inspired so many to follow his exploits since Batman first appeared in the pages of Detective Comics No. 27 in May 1939? Could it be done?
Here, in the spirit of fun that comics are supposed to inspire, is a lighthearted look at the top five candidates:
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