# How would an immortal character amass a fortune? [closed]

As the title says how would someone who is immortal, and driven by collecting vast sums of money be able to exploit that to their own gain.

For context my main character was involved in experiments in the 1950s to produce even more powerful atomic weapons and power sources, when an incident with highly unstable handwavium caused her to become immortal, but not invincible she can still be injured, maimed etc but what would be fatal injuries to a normal human simply put her in a coma for several months while her body recovers. She no longer ages or gets sick, but the limits of this regeneration are untested and she has no intention of pushing them. Many labs around the world have attempted to reproduce this incident unsuccessfully, only leading only to the agonising deaths of the test subjects. So selling the ability to others is off the table. I've not yet decided whether she is open or reserved about this ability so suggestions on either side.

## closed as off-topic by L.Dutch♦May 14 at 9:12

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• Welcome to the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange! A very interesting question with potential. Please keep in mind that character-based questions are not permitted on this site. Since the question would otherwise bee too broad, please edit your question to try and make it more specific. Give me an @ after you've edited. – A Lambent Eye May 14 at 8:56
• If you should be more interested in exploring the character, the Writing Stack Exchange would be just the place for you! – A Lambent Eye May 14 at 8:59
• @A Lambent Eye, thanks for the advice I think it would be better suited there in hindsight, is it possible to transport across or should I repost there? – Cam Waite May 14 at 9:02
• Unfortunately, this isn't an on-topic question on Writing. As mentioned in worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7341/29, Writing SE is about techniques. If you had an idea and were struggling with how to get it across to your readers, then Writing would probably be the place to go ask about that; but if all you have is a goal for a character, and want to come up with ideas for how the character might achieve that goal, that's decidedly a "what to write" question which is specifically off topic there. Thinking of something while writing does not make it a Writing question. – a CVn May 14 at 15:00
• The same way we (probably - haven't actually tested it yet) non-immortals do. Find some line of work at which you can make more than a survival-level income. (Starting in the 1950s, electronics or computers look good.) Invest the excess in some good mutual funds. 50 years laters, you've got a modest fortune, even if you miss out on the really good startups :-) – jamesqf May 14 at 18:22

• 1) Actually, working in a reasonably remunerative field (such as software), avoiding extravagance, & investing sensibly can give you a modest fortune in 30 years or so. 2) Trump is about the worst possible example here. He has lied about his wealth since young adulthood; the $1 million loan is just one of those lies. In fact, he was given access to & then inherited his father's real estate empire, around$400 million in today's dollars. He has probably not increased his net worth much if at all, though of course we can't be sure because he's afraid to release his tax returns. – jamesqf May 14 at 18:29