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The Empire-Builder from Calisota, also printed as The Richest Duck in the World, is a comic story written and drawn by Don Rosa. It features Scrooge McDuck, Hortense McDuck, Matilda McDuck, Donald Duck and Della Duck, King El Dorado, Foola Zoola, Bombie the Zombie, John Jacob Astor Quackmore Duck, Emily Quackfaster, Katie Mallard, Copperhead McViper, King Fulla Colla and the Brown-Mustached Mayor. It is Chapter Eleven of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.


Scrooge McDuck travels around the world, strengthening his financial empire, seeking to become the richest duck in the world. However, he is also progressively losing his moral side, to the disapproval of his sisters Matilda and Hortense. This culminates when Scrooge illegally burns down a village for profit in Africa. Karma then kicks in when nefarious sorcerer Foola Zoola decides to take revenge for the burnt village by summoning an undead servant carrying a terrible curse on Scrooge McDuck.


Behind the scenes

This story was first printed in April of 1994 in the Islandish Andrés Önd #1994-15. It was first printed in English in Uncle Scrooge #295 and was then reprinted in Uncle Scrooge Adventures by Don Rosa #4, the Don Rosa Library and in the various printing of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

List of episodes of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
By Don Rosa
Side-Steps and Precursors
Of Ducks, Dimes and DestiniesLast Sled to DawsonThe Dream of a Lifetime
The Original Saga
I: The Last of the Clan McDuckII: The Master of the MississippiIII: The Buckaroo of the BadlandsIV: The King of the Copper Hill
V: The New Laird of Castle McDuckVI: The Terror of the TransvaalVII: Dreamtime Duck of the Never NeverVIII: King of the Klondike
IX: The Billionaire of Dismal DownsX: The Invader of Fort DuckburgXI: The Empire-Builder from CalisotaXII: The Richest Duck in the World
Bonus Chapters
III-B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty SarkVI-B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff
VIII-B: The Prisoner Of White Agony CreekVIII-C: Hearts of the Yukon
Deleted Scenes & Other Bonus Content
0: The History of the Clan McDuckIII: Cattle WarsVIII: The Phoenix of White Agony CreekX: Teddy's CampaignXI: The Girls Can't Help It
By Others
Bonus Chapters
I-XB: The Orphan's ChristmasVIII-XB: Dime NovelsVIII-XC: Clues of the KlondikeVIII-XD: Christmas on Wheels
Side-Steps & Homages
The Time VortexScrooge vs. Scrooge
Precursors & Inspirations
Christmas on Bear MountainThe Old Castle's SecretOnly a Poor Old ManBack to the KlondikeThe Fantastic River RaceMush!
Black WednesdayNorth of the YukonThe Invisible IntruderThe Secret of the GlacierChairman of the Bored
An Informal Biography of Scrooge McDuckMark Worden's Duck Family TreeOnce Upon a Dime
The Life ands Times of Scrooge McDuck: The Official Score
DuckTales 2017
The Golden Lagoon of White Agony PlainsThe Outlaw Scrooge McDuckThe Richest Duck in the World