How the Cullens Make Their Money

A reader asked me a question (thanks, Uma!) about how Edward and the rest of the Cullens make their money. I thought others might be interested in the answer, so here it is.

Edward’s money comes largely from investments suggested by Alice. His starter funds were from his father’s huge inheritance, which has multiplied about twenty times since Alice showed up in the ’40s. (She considers it an insult when Edward suggests that maybe using foreknowledge in the stock market is a bit unfair for other investors.) He also owns some real estate, including his father’s beautiful downtown Chicago home. (See pictures here.)

Alice herself is making a nice pot of money and a name for herself via her company AliceRoi Designs. (You can Google her. The woman pictured is Alice’s front person, a talented designer in her own right.) Alice also owns lots of real estate acquired over the years, as does Esme.

In addition to rehabbing old houses, Esme (along with Carlisle) owns a private corporation undertaking construction projects all over the world. Much of their work these days is more philanthropic than income-generating as they spread Carlisle’s wealth around: building bridges, roads, water-purification and sewage systems in developing nations and improving community infrastructures for impoverished citizens in the US.

Jasper makes most of his money gambling–poker, at which he is extremely skilled, and sports betting–and in the stock market. Emmett also makes his money mostly by gambling. He does a lot of sports betting and is good at it, but without the aid of Alice’s foresight, which he refuses on principle as bad sportsmanship, he’ll never be as rich as Jasper. However, he has invested quite a lot of money in staging championship boxing matches and earns television advertising revenue from that. Rosalie is a partner in AliceRoi Designs, taking a salary and also a percentage of sales for her personal design work.

Carlisle never thinks about money anymore, as he invested in Chicago real estate in the 1700s. He owns blocks and blocks of high-rent-district properties, all managed by a real-estate company so he can spend his time doing what he loves most–doctoring and research. He owns several patents for well-known medicines and, in fact, invested in the development of penicillin. He continues to invent and patent improvements in surgical equipment and tools.

So there’s a brief synopsis of the Cullens’ income-generating activities. Of course, they have changed over the decades (Jasper was originally a horse trader before meeting Alice, for example), but each of the Cullens has had so long to acquire and build their fortunes that money isn’t ever much of a concern. Most of the management is done through agents and most of the agents are monitored through J. Jenks and his network of cronies in major cities across the US.


About PA Lassiter

P.A. Lassiter is a multi-published author currently writing a series of novels set in rural Kentucky. Late at night she impersonates Edward Cullen at Twilight: The Missing Pieces.
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3 Responses to How the Cullens Make Their Money

  1. margi says:

    but there is no mention about bella in your comment about How Cullens Make Their Money..
    i am much interested in knowing about her.


    • PA Lassiter says:

      Hi Margi,
      While the rest of the Cullens have had decades (if not centuries) to build their wealth in real estate and other pursuits, Bella is just getting started. In fact, she was way too busy protecting her family and herself clear through Breaking Dawn to worry about a future career. In Edward’s diary Twenty Years On, though, Julie Vans and I have written stories about the Cullens looking back from the 2030s. One of the topics we’ve discussed is what Bella does with herself after all the dust settles. We haven’t written about this yet, but Bella’s career will likely begin with books in some way, perhaps in the area of antique and library book restoration. I could see her going on to publish books, if not authoring them herself. Her books would be true stories of the Cullens’ adventures over the centuries, but she would pass them off as fiction. 🙂 In the coming months, we may post a story on the topic on the Twenty Years On page. Thanks for the question. -PAL


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