Thaddeus Van Astorbow is or was a human being.
Thaddeus Van Astorbow is, or was, a trillionaire. He was deemed wealthy enough to have a portrait of him shown in the "World's Richest Men" room of the Duckburg Hall of Fame. Scrooge McDuck, who considers a trillion dollars "a mere trifle", was upset to discover that Van Astorbow's portrait was shown in the Hall of Fame while his was not, even though Scrooge is a billion times richer than Van Astorbow.
Behind the scenesEdit
Van Astrobow's portrait was seen in the 1954 story A Big Bust.
Thaddeus Van Astorbow's name is a mix of the names of two famous wealthy American family of German origins, the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Thaddeus's general appearance in particular seems modeled after Cornelius Vanderbilt, the founder of the Vanderbilt family fortune.