With the cult HBO television show Game of Thrones wrapping up and the battle for the Iron Throne coming to an end, the next battle for our favorite heroes and villains is over the real estate throne. The entire cast of Game of Thrones has grown wealthy, with certain cast members earning more than $500,000 per episode. As we all know, one of the most conservating things to do with new-found wealth is to plow it into real estate, which is exactly what many of them have done.
Here are our current power rankings of who has the best odds to win the throne of real estate investing:
- Emilia Clarke (aka Daenerys Targaryen)
Clark just closed on a $4.6 million home in Venice, California in the Los Angeles metrop area. The house is a bit like the castle in Westeros, but with a modern pool. The house contains two bedrooms and three baths and is over 2,800 square feet. Reportedly, Clarke recently rented the house out for $25,000 a month which could give her roughly $300,000 a year in rental revenue. Smart real estate investor knowing to generate passive income through short-term rentals!
- Lena Headey (aka Cersei Lannister)
Like her in-show rival, Lena Headey owns a home in Los Angeles. And like her character Cersei, she goes after what she sets her mind to--on screen and in real estate. She bought a house in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles for $790,000 in 2014, and then recently flipped it for $2.05 million. After making this tidy profit, Headley is reportedly eyeing to by a home in her hometown in England.
- Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow)
Kit Harington married his onscreen love interest, Rose Leslie, and together, they recently bought a quaint fifteenth-century timber cottage in the countryside of England in the town of East Anglia. The cottage cost them $1 million dollars and will provide some peace and quiet from all of their lively fans. Can’t blame the couple for opting for the countryside privacy given the show’s popularity and its enormous fanbase.
- Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Starke)
Sophie Turner (like Harington) is recently married, also to a familiar face, but not a fellow Thrones actor. Turner recently wed Joe Jonas in a chapel in Las Vegas, and the new power couple are reportedly on the market for their first apartment together. They have been looking in Manhattan and London but have yet to make a decision. They were recently seen touring apartments in the hip Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan in a building on East 12th street. Here they toured a two-bedroom condo priced somewhere between $5 million and $6 million, and well over 2,000 square feet. Turner also landed the lead role of Dark Phoenix in the X-Men Series which will allow her to add to her war chest (presumably to build her real estate empire.) This couple is definitely a power couple, and it would not surprise us if they jumped to the top spot of the power rankings in a hurry.
- George R.R. Martin (aka the Mastermind)
Before writing Thrones, Martin had success writing three popular books that led him to fame, but his fourth book, Armageddon Rag was a big flop which left him questioning whether to continue his writing career. As he was trying to write his fifth book, he received no offers from publishers leaving him to look at alternative business careers. He began to seriously consider a career in real estate investing and even took several courses on how to master buying and flipping houses. Luckily for Thrones fans, his real estate career never came to fruition as his fifth book was finally picked up by a publisher and then later, well, we all know how that story ended. Perhaps if Martin ever finishes writing “The Winds of Winter,” the sixth and final book in the Game of Thrones series, we will see him retire from writing and return to real estate investing again. He will clearly have the capital to do so in a big way.
While we will finally see the battle of the seven kingdoms on screen come to an end, the war for real estate bragging rights in the real world has just begun. It will be interesting to see who will reign on the throne of homes especially with more free time and a lot more cash in their pockets.